Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning (Primary)
The Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning (Primary) is for university graduates with a bachelor's degree who wish to become a teacher of children aged between 5-13 years. It is a one-year programme which can be studied on-campus or by distance.
A significant factor in this programme's success is the emphasis placed on students completing courses in all school curriculum areas. Students who successfully complete the Diploma will meet the Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand graduating teachers standards requirements and may be eligible for provisional registration with the Council as a teacher.
UC's College of Education, Health and Human Development has a national and international reputation for producing high-quality teacher graduates based on a 135-year tradition. UC is ranked in the top 100 universities in the world for Education (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2017).
Graduate certificates and diplomas require a relevant bachelor's degree. If you gained your qualifications overseas, these will need to be assessed to ensure they are of an equivalent standard.
You are also required to meet UC's English language requirements.
Specific entry requirements
Students wishing to enrol in the Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning (Primary) must have one of the following:
- qualified for an equivalent bachelor's degree, or
- been admitted ad eundem statum as entitled to enrol for the Graduate Diploma, and
- approval as a candidate by the Dean of Education and Health Sciences, 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.
For the full entry requirements see the Regulations for the Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning (Primary) or use the admission requirements checker.
How to apply
Applications open on 1 August 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).
Download the Application for Programme Entry from the College of Education, Health and Human Development website.
Find out more about how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.
Typical diploma structure for the Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning (Primary)
Each small block represents a 15-point course. However, some courses may be 30 points or more.
To qualify for the graduate diploma students must pass courses having a total value of at least 165 points.
Students can study:
- full-time on campus in Christchurch or
- full-time or part-time by distance (Flexible Learning Option, FLO). FLO GradDipTchLn(Primary) students are required to attend two residential schools at the Christchurch campus.
For the up-to-date schedule of courses, see the Regulations for the Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning (Primary).
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.
- Read what other UC postgraduate students have gone on to achieve in their studies and careers in our student and graduate profiles.
- Our Careers, Internships & Employment team can help you to achieve the career you want, connect with employers or find a job.
- For research into career destinations by qualification, visit the 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.
For full requirements see the Regulations for the Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning (Pirmary).
For course advice contact the College of Education, Health and Human Development:
University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha
Private Bag 4800
Phone+64 3 369 3333