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Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching

  • Graduate Diploma

Note: The PGDipSpecTchg is currently not open to new enrolments in 2021.

Key details

Degree Type
Graduate Diploma
2 years part-time
Course Code
Domestic Fees
$7,618 per year
International Fees
$32,000 per year

About this course

Note: The PGDipSpecTchg is currently not open to new enrolments in 2021.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching provides students with a strong appreciation of specialist teaching as an interdisciplinary field of practice and the ability to apply their knowledge and skills in diverse cultural contexts.

The learning model is inquiry-based and employs a range of distance and other flexible learning options. Communities of interprofessional practice both within and beyond Aotearoa New Zealand will be developed.

UC is ranked in the top 250 universities in the world for Education and Training (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2021).

Entry requirements

Note: The PGDipSpecTchg is currently not open to new enrolments in 2021.

Students wishing to enrol in the Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching must have:

  • qualified for an Aotearoa New Zealand teacher education degree, or qualified for a recognised three-year diploma in early childhood, primary, or secondary teaching in Aotearoa; and
  • hold current teacher registration in Aotearoa (not a requirement for the Early Intervention endorsement); and
  • normally acquired at least two years experience as a teacher or educator in a recognised educational, workplace, or community setting.

Students must be approved to enrol by the Dean of Education and Health Sciences. The relevance and standard of undergraduate studies and any subsequent professional work experience are the main criteria of approval.

Students who do not hold current Aotearoa New Zealand Professional Registration will be required to undergo police vetting prior to gaining entry into the programme. They must meet requirements equivalent to those set down by Matatu Aotearoa | Teaching Council of New Zealand for registration as a teacher in terms of character and fitness to be a teacher.

If English is your additional language, you are also required to meet UC's English language requirements and the requirements set out by Matatu Aotearoa | Teaching Council of New Zealand.

Note: In order to graduate with the Diploma endorsed in Deaf and Hard of Hearing, students must also be able to demonstrate proficiency in Aotearoa New Zealand Sign Language.

For the full entry requirements, see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching or use the admission requirements checker.

How to apply

You can apply online at myUC. Find out more about how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.

Study locations

Main Campus

Career pathways

Postgraduate study can bring many career benefits eg, specialist skills and enhanced knowledge, entry into specific occupations, higher starting salary/progression rates, research capability/achievement, and evidence of high academic attainment/self-discipline.

Useful information:

  • Read what other UC postgraduate students have gone on to achieve in their studies and careers in our student and graduate profiles.
  • Te Ropu Rapuara | UC Careers can help you to achieve the career you want, connect with employers, or find a job.
  • For research into career destinations by qualification, visit Te Pokai Tara | Universities New Zealand website.
  • Find out more about what you can do with a degree from UC.
  • Come along to an upcoming information event for prospective postgraduate students.