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Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Secondary)

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Key details

Degree Type
Graduate Diploma
1 - 2 years full-time

About this course

Massey is ranked in the world's top 150 universities for education in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) ranking.

Secondary teaching is a challenging and satisfying career choice for those who enjoy being involved with young people in activities that extend their skills and talents. New Zealand needs highly qualified secondary school teachers to support its youth. Graduates bring the required skills, knowledge and attitudes to the nation's secondary school students. The Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Secondary) is available by distance (online) learning so you can study wherever you are.

Entry requirements

To obtain a place within a teacher education programme you must be selected, gain entry into the University and gain admission to the Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Secondary) programme. For entry requirements please check the regulations.

In addition to meeting the entrance requirements to Massey University, students selected for the Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Secondary) with Massey University must hold the minimum entry level in one of the following qualifications:

  • a Bachelor's degree at level 7 on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF) consisting of at least 360 credits
  • a Graduate Diploma /or a Diploma for Graduates at level 7 on the NZQF consisting of 120 credits
  • a Bachelor's degree with Honours at level 8 on the NZQF consisting of at least 480 credits
  • a Postgraduate Diploma at level 8 on the NZQF consisting of at least 120 credits
  • a Master's degree at level 9 on the NZQF consisting of 240 credits.

For the Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Secondary) you are required to have two teaching subjects appropriate to the secondary school curriculum. Your entry qualification should comprise relevant content-based courses. You will be required to have the academic background to equip you to teach at least one subject at senior level (Years 11 - 13). For this subject you will need at least one course (preferably two) at 300-level, supported by relevant 100- and 200-level courses.

In your second teaching subject you will need at least one course (preferably two) at 200-level, supported by relevant 100-level courses. This is to provide you with the appropriate knowledge in order to be able to teach these subject areas proficiently in the classroom.

Applicants with qualifications obtained overseas must have these qualifications assessed by New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) to determine comparability with New Zealand qualifications. The NZQA International Qualifications Assessment must be provided at the time of applying. NZQA Assessments older than three (3) years at the time of applying may not be accepted. If this applies to you, please contact NZQA, Qualification Review Service requesting a review of the original assessment notes. They will inform you if you need to re-apply to NZQA. NZQA accreditation can take up to 35 working days.

For more information on applying to NZQA please refer to:

Study locations


Distance Learning

Career pathways

On completion of the Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Secondary), graduates are eligible to apply for certification with the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand as provisionally certificated teachers. As a provisionally certificated teacher, you will be qualified to teach in secondary schools throughout New Zealand.

Massey University Institute of Education prides itself on the high regard in which graduates of this diploma are held within the secondary education system.