Graduate Certificate

Graduate Certificate in Primary Science Teaching (Curriculum) (Level 7) (Closed to New Enrolments)

Qualification code OP7611

You will inspire your students to learn more about science with the confidence and skills that you gain in this programme. You will learn how to teach the science curriculum in fun and practical ways within the classroom so that students are enthusiastic about science. The course material is also appropriate if you are a lower secondary school (Year 9 and 10) teacher. This distance learning programme enables you to apply your new skills straight to the classroom without putting your teaching career on hold.

Qualification update

New Students

OP7611 Graduate Certificate in Primary Science Teaching (Curriculum) (Level 7) is closed to new students. Please click on the link to find out about other education related qualifications available at Open Polytechnic.

Current Students

All current students will need to be enrolled into their final courses by Trimester 3, 2018.  The programme will be closing after Trimester 1, 2019.

Fee Free Offer

We are currently offering this qualification fee free. Please refer to the Fee free offer tab below to read the criteria and Terms and Conditions.

  • Level 7  
    Credits 60 
  • Workload

    Approximately 10-12 hours study per week for each 20 credit course. This may be higher at assessment or exam time.

  • Study type Trimester  
  • Cost $2,190 NZ Domestic

    *This qualification is currently being offered fee-free. The standard tuition fee for the full programme is $2,190 (based on 2018 fees). Administration fee applies, refer to the fee free offer tab.

  • Student loan

    Eligible for student loans, if you meet the criteria. Student loans and eligibility

For information about selecting courses to study towards this qualification, check out the Choose courses tab.

What you will learn

On completion of this qualification you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of science that underpins aspects of the New Zealand science curriculum relevant to students
  • Discuss aspects of the nature of science, its relevance to society and to science teaching
  • Assess the effectiveness with which particular learning experiences address fundamental science concepts and understandings about the nature of science
  • Design and deliver learning experiences that support and inspire students to understand science knowledge and concepts.

Graduates of this qualification may be able to increase their employment opportunities by being a specialist in science teaching.

Graduates can also apply to credit their study to the Graduate Diploma in Primary Science Teaching.

Workplace learning

This qualification has a workplace component. Specific activities in the workplace may include:

  • Compiling and commenting on local curriculum documents, or offering alternatives
  • Critiquing teaching and learning resources
  • Observing /commenting on classroom activities and their outcomes
  • Designing, implementing and evaluating learning experiences
  • Conducting practice-based research
  • Promoting/explaining science and science teaching to colleagues and the community.

Key dates

Every course has an enrolment close-off date. Make sure you know when you need to enrol by.

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Assessment and exam

All courses in this qualification are internally assessed. Assessment will include journals, portfolios, case studies and assignments.

Information about assessment

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