Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning (Primary) GradDipTchLn(Primary)
The Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning (Primary) is a 15-month full-time qualification for university graduates with a degree. It can be undertaken full-time on campus in Christchurch or full-time by distance (FLO). Students who successfully complete the programme will be eligible for
provisional registration as a teacher.
FLO GradDipTchLn students are required to attend their first residential school in February at the Christchurch campus and may be able to attend later residential schools in Rotorua if numbers permit.
The GradDipTchLn(Primary) academic year starts in mid-February and continues until mid-November, recommences in mid-January and concludes in mid-April.
Students wishing to enrol in the GradDipTchLn(Primary) must have either:
(a) qualified for a three-year full-time equivalent bachelors degree; or
(b) been admitted ad eundem statum as entitled to enrol for the Graduate Diploma; and
(c) approval as a candidate by the Dean of Education, on the recommendation of a Selection Committee.
Selection for entry is not automatic and is based on academic ability, involvement and interest in working with children and young people, community involvement, communication skills and other personal qualities.
The selection process includes a police check and may include an interview.
International students for whom English is an additional language must provide evidence of their English language ability as follows:
(a) IELTS (Academic) 7.0, with no individual score below 7.0; or
(b) At least two years of successful study in a New Zealand secondary school, with at least eight Level 2 NCEA credits in English (four reading and four writing).
Applications open in July of the previous year and we strongly recommend that you apply as early as possible. Applications close four weeks prior to the commencement of the programme in February, or when places are filled (whichever comes first).
If you are applying for a Teacher Education programme you are required to fill out an application form which combines the Application to Programme Entry and Application to Enrol. This form is available from the College of Education Office, Student Services or by phoning the Contact Centre on 0800 VARSITY (827 748).
You may also download the form from the College of Education website.
To qualify for the graduate diploma students must pass courses having a total value of at least 165 points as specified below.
- TECP 350 Te Tiriti, nga Reo me nga Tikanga a Iwi: The Treaty, Languages, Social and Cultural Studies
- TECP 360 Literacy Education
- TECP 361 Teaching and Learning In, Through and About The Arts
- TECP 370 Mathematics and Technology Curriculum Studies
- TECP 371 Science, Health and Physical Education Curriculum Studies 2
- TEPI 160 Professional Inquiry 1
- TEPI 260 Professional Inquiry 2
- TEPI 360 Professional Inquiry 3
- TEPP 160 Professional Practice 1: Children and Classroom Teaching
- TEPP 260 Professional Practice 2: Professional Knowledge and Development
- TEPP 360 Professional Studies 3: Learning and Teaching Independence
Essential information advice for each of the following course groups is available on the College of Education website.
- GradDipTchLn(Primary) Christchurch Full-time
- GradDipTchLn(Primary) Distance Full-time
- GradDipTchLn(Primary) Distance Part-time Part 2
- GradDipTchLn(Primary) Distance Part-time Part 3
The usual period of enrolment for a full-time candidate is 15 months. The maximum period of enrolment is three years.
For full requirements see the Regulations for the Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning (Primary) (University Regulations website).
For course advice contact the College of Education.