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04 November 2023

Secondary teachers work with young adults in Years 7 to 13 (ages 11-18) in intermediate, middle, area, and secondary schools. As a secondary teacher you teach one or more subjects you're passionate about and inspire your students to make a positive difference in the world. Find out about secondary teaching at UC.

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As a Secondary teacher you teach one or more subjects that you are passionate about, you inspire your students, encouraging them and giving them the skills and enthusiasm they need to make a positive difference in the world.

Is Secondary Teacher Education for me?

Secondary teacher education students:

  • Are interested in working with young adults (Years 7–13; ages 11–18)
  • Are passionate about the subjects they teach
  • Are organised and well prepared
  • Promote their students' social, emotional, intellectual and physical development
  • Enjoy cultivating a love of learning in others

If that sounds like you, read on to find out more about taking these programmes at UC.

 

What will I learn at UC?

You'll learn about the theory, practice and management of teaching, including the place and role of education, the characteristics of learners and the teaching-learning process.

You’ll spend significant time working in classrooms where you can practice and refine your planning, teaching and management skills. By the end of your studies at UC you will have learnt and developed all the professional teaching knowledge and skills required to be a teacher in New Zealand intermediate, middle, area and secondary schools.

 

Pathways to becoming a Secondary teacher

UC offers three internationally recognised qualifications for anyone who wishes to train as a secondary school teacher:

Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning (endorsed in Secondary)

If you already have a Level 7 Bachelor degree or equivalent with study to 300 level from a NZ secondary school curriculum list, you can apply to enrol in this one year qualification. Secondary students complete the programme fulltime on campus.

  • Alternative entry pathway: UC offers an alternative entry pathway into the Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning (endorsed in Secondary) for those with knowledge and experience in te reo Māori, or technology, but do not hold a level 7 Bachelor or equivalent qualification. Learn more about the Alternative Entry Pathway

Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning (endorsed in Secondary)

If you already have a Level 7 Bachelor degree of equivalent, with a B average or better at 300 level study, and study to 300 level from a NZ secondary school curriculum list, you can apply to enrol in this one year qualification. Secondary students complete the programme fulltime on campus.

Master of Teaching and Learning (endorsed in Secondary)

If you already have a Level 7 Bachelor degree or equivalent, with a B average or better, or a Master’s degree with a B- average or better, and study to 300 level from a NZ secondary school curriculum list, you can apply to enrol in this one year qualification. This programme includes an additional 30 point course that is completed at the end of the year over summer.

 

Which pathway is for me?

Successful completion of either of these pathways lead to eligibility to apply for Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand registration. However, there are differences in the duration, focus and qualification awarded. Below is a quick overview of these differences.

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Level of qualification

Graduate

(NZQA level 7)

Postgraduate

(NZQA level 8)

Postgraduate

(NZQA Level 9)

Points150150180
Course dates

On Campus

29 Jan 2024 – 10 Nov 2024

On Campus

29 Jan 2024 – 10 Nov 2024

On Campus

29 Jan 2024 – 19 Jan 2025

Student Loan Eligibility*YesYesYes
Student Allowance Eligibility*   YesNoNo

All Initial Teacher Education programmes have one intake each, starting in January or February. 

Applications for teacher education programmes are open anytime and will close on 1 December each year for domestic applicants (31 October each year for international applicants). While we process applications as they are received, many of our programmes have a limited capacity for places and applications may close earlier if this capacity has been reached.

Our teacher education programmes have specialised application processes. Please read the Guide to applying section and complete the steps, before applying through myUC

For our secondary programmes you must have a Bachelor’s degree which includes study to 300 level in a New Zealand school curriculum subject (your major) as well as an additional teaching subject. For example, with a degree in Biology including courses in Maths to 200 level, you can Major in Science with Biology and take Maths for your additional teaching subject.

Selection for entry is not automatic and is based on:

  • Academic ability
  • Involvement, interest and experience in dealing with children
  • Commitment to Te Reo and Tikanga Māori
  • Communication skills – you need to be able to communicate your ideas clearly, confidently and coherently, and to listen and respond to others appropriately
  • A police check and an interview

 

IELTS requirements for Initial Teacher Education programmes

All students for whom English is an additional language must provide evident of their English language ability.

English language requirements for our teaching qualifications are set by the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand and are higher than the standard University requirements. Find out more (add link to teaching council site) - Language competency requirements :: Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand

Graduates of this programme will be eligible for provisional registration as a teacher. This enables you to apply for teaching positions in New Zealand and many countries overseas. Please contact the relevant authorities for international requirements.

Teaching 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, business and industry training. Other jobs include special education teacher, private tutor, education advisor, education publisher, secondary school Dean, Deputy Principal and Principal. Some of these jobs may require further study at postgraduate level.

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