Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning (Primary) - Award Regulations - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning (Primary) (GradDipTchLn(Primary))

The following regulations apply to students commencing study within the 2017 academic year. For previously published regulations, refer to the Calendar archive (Academic Services website).

Regulations for the Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning (Primary)

See also General Course and Examination Regulations.

Structure of the Diploma

To qualify for the GradDipTchLn(Primary) a candidate must pass courses having a total value of at least 165 points. The course of study for the Graduate Diploma shall consist of the courses as specified in the Schedule to the Regulations for the award.


The usual period of enrolment for a full-time candidate is one year. The maximum period of enrolment is two years for a full-time candidate and three years for a part-time candidate.

Re-enrolling in courses

Should a candidate fail any course twice (other than a Professional Practice course), the candidate may re-enrol in that course only with the approval of the Dean of Education. Professional Practice courses may only be attempted twice.

Admission to the programme
Every candidate for the GradDipTchLn(Primary), before enrolling in a course of study for the Graduate Diploma, shall have:
qualified for a (three-year) bachelor’s degree at Level 7 on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF) consisting of 360 credits; or
a Bachelor’s degree with Honours at Level 8 on the NZQF consisting of at least 480 credits; or
a Master’s degree at Level 9 on the NZQF consisting of 240 credits; or
been admitted ad eundem statum as entitled to enrol for the Graduate Diploma, and
approval as a candidate by the Dean of Education, on the recommendation of a Selection Committee.
  1. Selection will be based on academic attainment and such other criteria as the Selection Committee may determine, which will include a visual interview.
  2. Candidates are required to be vetted by police, and must meet full Vulnerable Children Act 2014 requirements.
  3. For international qualifications the Education Council (EDUCANZ) deems that NZQA assessment of equivalency will determine the equivalent level on the NZQF.
  4. Students for whom English is an additional language must provide evidence of their English language ability as follows:
    IELTS (Academic) 7.0, with a band score of 7.0 or higher, for each component; or
    At least two years of successful study in a New Zealand secondary school, with at least 10 Level 2 NCEA credits in Literacy (five reading and five writing).

    Note that satisfying these criteria does not guarantee entry to the programme.

Transfers of credit and exemptions

Any candidate who has been credited with an initial teacher education course or courses at another tertiary educational institution may, with the approval of the Dean of Education, be granted credit transfer from such courses as the Dean of Education may determine. Any credit transfer must meet EDUCANZ requirements. Recognition of prior learning is not normally granted. Where applications for recognition of prior learning are made they will be considered in consultation with the Education Council and approved prior to the candidate commencing the programme.

Schedule to the Regulations for the Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning (Primary)

For full course information, go to

Note: All courses are compulsory.

Course Code Course Title
TECP 331 English Literacy and Mathematics Education 1
TECP 332 English Literacy and Mathematics Education 2
TECP 333 Future Focussed Education: Science, Technology, Digital Literacy
TECP 334 Community-Based Approaches in Education: Health, Physical Education and Social Sciences
TECP 335 Creative Action and Response in Education: The Arts
TEPI 331 Professional and Educational Studies 1
TEPI 332 Professional and Educational Studies 2
TEPI 333 Nga Ahuatanga Maori and Learning Languages
TEPP 331 Professional Practice 1
TEPP 332 Professional Practice 2
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