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Alternative entry for Graduate Diploma of Teaching and Learning (Secondary)

26 November 2023

UC offers an alternative entry pathway for those who want to teach Technology and Te Reo Māori but don't have a level 7 qualification (bachelor’s degree). This pathway is only available for the Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning. Find out about alternative entry for Graduate Diploma of Teaching and Learning (Secondary).


For applicants seeking to be teachers of Technology and Te Reo Māori that do not hold a level 7 qualification (a bachelor’s degree), we offer an alternative entry pathway. This pathway is only available for the Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning (Secondary endorsement) and is available via campus-based (full-time only) or distance study (full-time in one year or part time over 2 years).

Alternative Entry Pathway applications close 1 December, but it's reccomended you apply before 31 October.

This pathway is for individuals who have all of the following:

  • a minimum of 5 years of recent employment within a trade or with high levels of te reo Māori language use
  • work qualifications and professional development
  • experience relating to leadership and/or management skills
  • evidence of work in a coaching, mentoring, or teaching role

This information should be provided in a CV or resumé alongside the standard UC application form and referee reports.

Candidates who wish to apply for this entry pathway will also need to provide additional information through a mapping of work experience against the curriculum area they seek to teach. If selected, a candidate will be invited to an on-site interview process.

Further information:

Secondary Specialist Teaching Subject Information - Rachel Maitland's Zoom Meeting - Zoom

AEP pathway Information -  Sec AEP Pre-interview info.mp4

Selecting Additional Teaching Subjects -  Secondary teacher education - additional subject selection.pptx


Mātauranga Māori endorsement: te reo Māori proficiency


Part of the application process for our Mātauranga Māori endorsement is a selection hui to evaluate your te reo Māori proficiency level. 

  • Those with no or limited te reo Māori proficiency at entry will be guided to complete TREO110 OR AKOT110 in Summer School before starting the programme.
  • Those with some knowledge of te reo Māori (basic or conversational level) will follow the normal course programme outlined above, including the Mana Reo courses.
  • Those with a high proficiency of te reo Māori may receive Recognition of Prior Learning for AKOM192.
  • Those with a high proficiency in te reo Māori me ōna tikanga may receive Recognition of Prior Learning for AKOM192AKOM293, and/or AKOM394 (your ability will determine how many of these courses will be recognized through prior learning experience).
  • Alternatively, you may take reo rumaki (Māori language immersion) Summer School courses TREO180 and TREO280 in the second and third year of the degree to further strengthen your confidence and competence to teach in and through te reo Māori.

Any questions? Or for further information on how to apply

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