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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.
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.
Graduate Certificate in Primary Science Teaching Curriculum (214 KB PDF)
Approximately 10-12 hours study per week for each 20 credit course. This may be higher at assessment or exam time.
*This qualification is currently being offered fee-free. The standard tuition fee for the full programme is $2,190 (based on 2015 fees). Administration fee applies, refer to the fee free offer tab.
Eligible for student loans, if you meet the criteria. Student loans and eligibility
To gain entry into this programme you need to be registered and working as a practising teacher in a New Zealand school with a bachelor degree, diploma or experience considered the equivalent of a bachelor degree.
We also require approval from your principal (or board of trustees chairperson, if you are the principal) to show that you have the support of school staff or community to integrate your studies with workplace practices, and have on-going access to a class of students to support relevant workplace learning and assessment activities. During your enrolment you will be prompted to provide contact details for this reference and they will be sent the form automatically. You can also access the form for your referee directly using the link below should you need to.
This programme is delivered 100% online so you will need to have regular access to a computer or device, a reliable broadband internet connection and a data plan to be able to support your online learning. You will need to stream videos, download content and submit assessments online.
This programme is not open to international students living in New Zealand or overseas.
You may be able to study this programme if you’re a New Zealand citizen living overseas at the discretion of the programme leader. Contact the programme leader before applying to enrol to discuss your options.
English is the language of study at Open Polytechnic. You will need to be able to read and write well in English so that you can understand course materials and also submit written assessments. There are criteria that must be met if English is not your first language. Find out more about English language requirements or contact us.