Secondary Teacher Education
Te Rāngai Ako me te Hauora | College of Education, Health and Human Development offers three internationally recognised qualifications for students who wish to train as secondary school teachers.
- The Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning and the Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning in Secondary Teaching are one-year qualifications for those who already hold a degree. These are offered either by distance or by on-campus study in Ōtautahi Christchurch, with an intake in January.
- The Master of Teaching and Learning is a one-year postgraduate qualification for those who already hold a degree. Students complete a 180-point master's degree within one calendar year of full-time study on campus. This qualification focuses on practices that cater for diverse and priority learners' needs in the Aotearoa New Zealand context.
A relevant degree is required to study the Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning, Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning, or Master of Teaching and Learning in Secondary Teaching. Overseas degrees will need to be assessed as equivalent to an Aotearoa New Zealand degree by the University. See each qualification page for detailed entry criteria.
How to apply
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.
As places are limited, we strongly recommend that you apply for programme entry as early as possible (applications normally open on 1 August). Applications are due four weeks prior to the commencement of the programme or when places are filled.
See the Guide to Applying for further information and details on how to apply.
UC offers the following qualifications specialising in Secondary Teacher Education:
- Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning
- Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning
- Master of Teaching and Learning
Secondary Teacher Education is made up of courses in the following areas of study:
- Professional Studies where you learn about the secondary school student and hone presentation skills, lesson planning, classroom management, questioning skills, learning theories, and teaching strategies.
- Education Studies provides opportunities for students to explore issues surrounding the history, sociology, philosophy, politics, cultural contexts, and psychology of education. It also considers strategies for using ICT in education and e-learning.
- Teaching Practice is the school-based requirement of the programme and provides the placement contexts in which students develop skills and gain experience in practical situations.
- All Teaching Studies courses focus on the essential learning areas of the Aotearoa New Zealand Curriculum including curriculum statements, examination prescriptions, unit and achievement standards, teaching and management approaches, assessment practices, and curriculum resources.
Secondary Teacher Education – major subjects
For the Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning and Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning, you can choose up to two teaching subjects from the Teaching Studies list below. Previous degree studies, preferably to 300-level, is required for your main teaching subject. For your secondary teaching subject, study to 200-level is preferable.
- Biology with Science
- Chemistry with Science
- Classical Studies with Social Studies
- Economics with Social Studies
- Geography with Social Studies
- History with Social Studies
- International Languages
- Outdoor and Environmental Education
- Performing Arts
- Physical Education
- Physics with Science
- Te Reo Māori
The Master of Teaching and Learning requires one teaching subject from the list below. Previous degree studies, preferably to 300-level, is required for your teaching subject.
- Science with Biology
- Science with Chemistry
- Science with Physics
- Social Studies with Classical Studies
- Social Studies with Geography
- Social Studies with History
- Te Reo Māori
Graduates of these programmes will be eligible to apply for provisional registration as a secondary school teacher. This enables you to apply for teaching positions in Aotearoa New Zealand and many countries around the world, allowing you to travel and work in your chosen profession. Please contact the relevant authorities for international requirements.
Many UC graduates enjoy rewarding careers as secondary school subject teachers and many take on extra-curricular responsibilities within schools eg, managing sports teams, organising cultural exchanges or drama productions, mediation services, and so on. There are opportunities to become department or subject leaders and even enter school management.
Teaching also gives you entry into careers beyond the classroom; it is an excellent background for a wide range of jobs including careers in the public sector, human services, business, and industry training.
Find out more about what you can do with a degree in Secondary Teacher Education.
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