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Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning

PGDipTchgLn
12 October 2023

UC's Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning (PGDipTchgLn) combines research-informed knowledge and critical inquiry with professional placements to prepare you for a career in teaching. Learn more about studying a PGDipTchgLn through our Te Kaupeka Ako | Faculty of Education.

DURATION

Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning

Degree Structure - Duration
1 year full-time

START

Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning

Degree Structure - Start In
January

POINTS

150

TUITION FEES

2024 tuition fees estimate per 150 points:

  • Domestic — $10,230
  • International — $38,625

Overview


Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning

Introduction

The PGDipTchgLn combines research-informed knowledge and critical inquiry with professional placements to prepare you for a career in teaching.

You will have the opportunity to gain knowledge of teaching, learners and curriculum, engage in professional practice in schools, and become part of the teaching profession in Aotearoa New Zealand.

You will learn skills such as communication, critical thinking, planning and design for learning, and culturally responsive teaching.

The Postgraduate Diploma is endorsed in either Primary or Secondary Education. Both endorsements are internationally recognised professional qualifications, leading to teaching opportunities globally. You will meet Matatū Aotearoa | Teaching Council of New Zealand teaching standards and will be eligible to apply for registration and certification with the Teaching Council as a school teacher.


Education Taxidermy High School Students

Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning

Why Study - Body

What will my study involve?

  • A programme combination of research-informed knowledge and critical inquiry with practice-based experiences.
  • Build on your knowledge of contemporary education and professional practice.
  • 80 days of professional practice within schools.
  • Flexibility to study on campus in Ōtautahi Christchurch, or by distance (Primary Education only).
  • Students with Te Reo Māori or Technology as their specialist subject can study by distance and part-time.

Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning

Entry Requirements - Body

Entry requirements

Applicants for the PGDipTchgLn programme will need an Aotearoa New Zealand bachelor's degree with a B Grade Point Average in their 300-level courses (or other qualifications of an equivalent standard). Those entering the Secondary Education endorsement will need previous studies in a subject relevant to the Aotearoa New Zealand secondary school curriculum eg, te reo Māori, English, biological sciences, mathematics, history, physical education, etc.

You will be approved for entry on the recommendation of a Selection Committee. Selection for entry is based on:

  • academic ability, involvement and interest in working with children and young people, community involvement, communication skills, and other personal qualities as outlined in the Guide to Applying
  • a police check, referees' reports, and an interview
  • a short literacy and numeracy test.

If English is your additional language, you are also required to meet the requirements set out by Matatū Aotearoa | Teaching Council of New Zealand.

For the full entry requirements, see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning or use the admission requirements checker.

How to apply

Applications are open throughout the year and close 1 December for domestic students or 31 October for international students.

For more details on entry requirements and the teacher education application process, see the Guide to Applying.

Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning

Subjects and Courses - Body

Subjects and courses

Secondary Education endorsement

Students in the Secondary endorsement also complete the following:

Secondary Education - specialist teaching subjects

For our secondary teacher qualifications, you will need to choose a teaching subject and have an academic background in this subject. Your teaching subject is chosen from those taught at junior and senior secondary levels.

You will focus on your specialist teaching subject (which you will preferably have studied to 300-level). It is also a good idea to pick up an additional teaching subject, for which you have a background of study to 100 or 200-level (depending on the subject).

We offer the following specialist teaching subjects:

  • Biology with Science
  • Classical Studies with Social Studies
  • Chemistry with Science
  • Commerce with Business Studies
  • English
  • Geography with Social Studies
  • Health with HPE
  • History with Social Studies
  • International Languages
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Outdoor and Environmental Education with HPE
  • Performing Arts
  • Physical Education with HPE
  • Physics with Science
  • Te Reo Māori
  • Technology
  • Visual Arts

Secondary Education — additional subjects

For our secondary teacher qualifications, you will also need to choose an additional teaching subject, for which you have a background of study to 100 or 200-level (depending on the subject).

Additional teaching subjects are usually junior subjects (years 7—10), these include:

  • Business Studies
  • English
  • HPE (Health and PE)
  • International Languages
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Performing Arts
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Te Reo Māori
  • Technology
  • Visual Arts

Additional senior social sciences subject are only available where junior Social Studies is already part of your specialist teaching subject:

  • Geography Yrs 11—13
  • History Yrs 11—13
  • Classical Studies Yrs 11—13

Additional senior Health, OE, and PE subjects are only available where junior HPE is already part of your specialist teaching subject:

  • Health Yrs 11—13
  • Outdoor and Environmental Education Yrs 11—13
  • Physical Education Yrs 11—13

Additional senior sciences subjects are only available where junior Science is already part of your specialist teaching subject:

  • Biology Yrs 11—13
  • Chemistry Yrs 11—13
  • Physics Yrs 11—13

To specialise in any of the above teaching subjects, you will need to take one of:

If you do not have the background for one of these additional teaching subjects, you can take a course from the Primary Education endorsement schedule above, or an approved course elsewhere at UC.

Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning

Further Study - Body

Further study

The PGDipTchgLn is a pathway to the Master of Teaching and Learning (MTchgLn). By completing the PGDipTchgLn plus an additional 30-point course, you can achieve the MTchgLn.

You may choose to go onto postgraduate studies which further examine the role of teaching in children's lives and the ways and methods in which they learn, or critically analyse educational policies and systems of practice.

Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning

Career - Body

Career ready

  • This Diploma is internationally recognised which can lead to teaching opportunities overseas.
  • Develop bicultural competence and culturally responsive practice, so you can support the diverse needs of students, and work with family, whānau, iwi, communities, and other education and health professionals.
  • Teaching is an excellent background for a wide range of jobs outside of the classroom including, public sector, human services, publishing, policy, advocacy, and youth and social work.
  • Graduates will meet Matatū Aotearoa | Teaching Council of New Zealand teaching standards and are eligible to apply for registration and certification with the Teaching Council as a primary or secondary school teacher.

Useful information:

2024 tuition fees estimate (per 150 points):

  • Domestic — $10,230
  • International — $38,625

2023 tuition fees estimate (per 150 points):

  • Domestic — $9,952
  • International — $36,000

SSL estimate (per 150 points):

  • 2024 — $1,375.50
  • 2023 — $1,240.50

Please note this qualification is not funded by StudyLink.

Planning my study


Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning

Each small block represents a 15-point course. However, some courses may be 30 points or more.

This diagram is an example only – other combinations are possible. For specific course requirements, see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning.

Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning

Degree Structure - Body

How do I plan my diploma?

The PGDipTchgLn consists of 150 points of coursework and includes 80 days of professional practice in schools.

Primary endorsement

The Primary endorsement pathway can be studied full-time in one year on campus or via distance. We also offer a part-time option over two years for distance students only. Distance students complete the same courses, coursework, and assessments as on-campus students.

Distance students are required to attend an On-site Intensive (OSI) in Ōtautahi Christchurch at the beginning of the programme. OSIs are a compulsory part of the distance programme and provide an opportunity to meet and work with course lecturers and other students. You will need continual access to a computer with suitable broadband internet to complete this qualification.

Secondary endorsement

The Secondary endorsement pathway can be studied full-time in one year on campus.

You are required to list at least one teaching subject in your online application. Confirmation of teaching subjects will be determined as part of the selection process and confirmed at the point of offer.

For full requirements, see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning.

Brochures

Postgraduate Prospectus 2024

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Please note:

This qualification is not funded by StudyLink.

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