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

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

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 (Secondary)

See also General Course and Examination Regulations.

Entry Requirements
Admission to the GradDipTchLn(Secondary) shall be subject to the approval of the Dean of Education, on recommendation of a Selection Committee.
Candidates must have:
qualified for a 360-point (three-year) bachelor’s degree at Level 7 on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF); or
a 480-point honours degree at Level 8 on the NZQF; or
a 240-point master’s degree at Level 9 on the NZQF; or
been admitted under the Regulations for admission ad eundem statum as entitled to enrol for the Graduate Diploma.
Selection will be based on academic attainment and such other criteria as the Selection Committee may determine, which will include a visual interview.
Candidates are required to be vetted by police and must meet full Vulnerable Children Act 2014 requirements.
For international qualifications, the Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand deems that NZQA assessment of equivalency will determine the equivalent level on the NZQF.
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 ten Level 2 NCEA credits in English (five reading and five writing).

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

Structure of the Diploma

Candidates shall pass 135 points in coursework as specified in the Schedule to the Regulations for this qualification.

Time limits
The usual period of enrolment for a full-time candidate is one year.
Candidates must complete the qualification in no more than three years of enrolling in the first course.
Re-enrolling in courses

A candidate who fails any course twice will require approval to re-enrol in that course a third time from the Dean of Education. Professional Practice courses may only be attempted twice.

Transfers of credit and exemptions
Any credit transfer must meet Education Council requirements and be approved by the Dean of Education.
Any relevant and equivalent initial teacher education course(s) credited at other tertiary institute(s) may be credited to the Graduate Diploma.
Recognition of prior learning is not normally granted.
Any recognition of prior learning will be considered in consultation with Education Council and these must be approved prior to the candidate commencing the programme.
Transitional arrangements: Completion of the Diploma by Candidates Enrolled before 01.02.2017

Candidates who first enrolled in the GradDipTchLn(Secondary) prior to 2017 may complete the Diploma under those regulations by taking the equivalent courses listed below (where applicable). Students who are required to complete TEPS 370, TEPS 371 or TEDU 370 may still enrol in these courses. These transitional arrangements shall lapse at the end of 2018.

Pre-2017 Course Course Title Pts Equivalent Course Course Title Pts
TEPS 370 Professional Studies 1 15 N/A N/A N/A
TEPS 371 Professional Studies 2 15 N/A N/A N/A
TEDU 370 Education Studies 15 N/A N/A N/A
TEPP 370 Professional Practice 1 15 TEPP 370 Professional Practice 1 15
TEPP 371 Professional Practice 2 15 TEPP 371 Professional Practice 2 15
TECS x2 Junior plus senior courses in one subject 15 + 15 TECS 395 Specialist Curriculum Subject 30
TECS Junior Courses 15 TECS 396 Additional Curriculum Subject (Junior) 1 15
      TECS 398 Additional Curriculum Subject (Junior) 2 15
TECS Senior Courses 15 TECS 397 Additional Curriculum Subject (Senior) - optional 15
      TEPI 399 Te Reo and Ngā Āhuatanga Māori and Learning Languages 15
      TEPI 370 Professional and Educational Studies 1 30
      TEPI 371 Professional and Educational Studies 2 15

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

For full course information, refer to the Course Catalogue or go to

Note: All courses are compulsory.

Course Code Course Title
TECS 395 Specialist Curriculum Studies Years 7-13
TECS 396 Additional Curriculum Subject Years 7-10 (1)
TECS 397 Additional Curriculum Subject Years 11-13
TECS 398 Additional Curriculum Subject Years 7-10 (2)
TEPI 370 Professional and Educational Studies 1
TEPI 371 Professional and Educational Studies 2
TEPI 399 Nga rautaki whakaako reo me nga tikanga
TEPP 370 Teaching Practice 1
TEPP 371 Teaching Practice 2
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