Graduate Certificate

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

Qualification code OP7612

This programme gives you the opportunity to build on the science and leadership skills you learnt in the Graduate Certificate in Primary Science Teaching (Curriculum). It will enable you to become a positive advocate of science within your primary school and community and contribute to the future of science in New Zealand. The course material is also appropriate if you are a lower secondary (Year 9 an 10) teacher. When you complete all courses in this programme you can apply to be awarded with the Graduate Diploma in Primary Science Teaching.

Qualification update

New Students

OP7612 Graduate Certificate in Primary Science Teaching (Leadership) (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

If you were already enrolled in this programme in, or prior to, Trimester 3 2017, you can continue to enrol in your next course to complete your qualification.  Please note, you must successfully complete your last course/s by the end of Trimester 2, 2019 to be awarded this qualification.

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. 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:

  • Discuss aspects of the nature of science, its relevance to society and to science teaching
  • Outline the foundations of alternative approaches to the teaching of science and explain why this is an appropriate teaching method
  • Identify and prioritise challenges and opportunities in science teaching, and develop strategies to meet these
  • Contribute to the field of practice-based research in science teaching
  • Advocate for effective science teaching and be a positive change agent within the school and beyond.

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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