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Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Primary)

  • Graduate Diploma

Primary school teachers play a key role in inspiring young people and instilling a love of learning.

Key details

Degree Type
Graduate Diploma
1 year full-time
Study Mode
In person
Intake Months
Jan, Feb
Domestic Fees
$7,848 per year

About this course

Primary school teachers play a key role in inspiring young people and instilling a love of learning. As a primary teacher, you'll teach a wide range of subject areas, while sharing your passion for specialised subjects such as sport, sciences, the arts and culture. This practical programme, taught by experts in primary education, will qualify you to become a provisionally-certificated teacher in primary and intermediate schools (Year 1 to Year 8, typically children aged 5-13). You will develop the tools you need to prepare you for 21st century classrooms where digital learning is key. Building strong relationships is vital, and diversity is welcomed. You will learn basic proficiency in te reo Māori and become familiar with the New Zealand curriculum. Through placements at primary and intermediate schools, you will establish connections and develop practical skills. You will have the opportunity to apply to complete a practicum in a specialist school. Shaped by a commitment to fairness and social justice, the programme is underpinned by principles in the Treaty of Waitangi and a determination to ensure equitable learning outcomes for our young people. You'll gain an internationally-recognised degree from the only New Zealand University to rank in the . You'll form important relationships with teachers and prospective employers to secure work. You'll also earn a higher starting salary than teachers with employment-based qualifications. Graduate Diploma in Teaching students are eligible for the external TeachNZ Scholarships. . Before you begin your teaching journey, there are a few key steps you need to complete, so we recommend applying early. Read about the process on our .

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Course structure

Students will complete 150 points in this one-year programme through a combination of taught courses on campus, online learning and practical placements in primary schools.

Professional experience

Professional experience (also known as practicum) is a large component of this programme. You will work alongside experienced teachers in a range of primary and intermediate schools during practicum placements. You'll be in schools twice a week in both Semester One and Semester Two, plus you'll have an additional 12 weeks of block practicum in two different schools.

  • Practicum One (School A): 3-21 February
  • Practicum Two (School A): 25 May-26 June
  • Practicum Three (School B): 12 October-3 November

Capstone task and portfolio

At the end of the year, students present a portfolio, including a capstone task that consolidates theoretical and experiential learning throughout the year.