Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning (Primary)

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Duration

1 year full-time

Entry times

Semester 1 (February)

Fees Estimate

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Pathways

Pathways include:

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Education
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching
  • Master of Education
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Duration

1 year full-time

Entry times

Semester 1 (February)

Fees Estimate

See tuition fees for details

Pathways

Pathways include:

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Education
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching
  • Master of Education
Apply Now Got a Question? Check your eligibility

Download Brochure

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Overview

As a primary teacher, you will introduce children to the world of learning, and start them on their road to reading, writing, and mathematics. It's a very rewarding and satisfying career in which you can make a real difference in children's lives.

Primary teachers work with children in Years 1 to 8 (ages 5 to 13) in primary, intermediate, middle, and area schools.

Primary teacher education students:

  • want to teach all school subjects
  • are interested in working with children and their communities
  • are organised and well prepared
  • are nurturing and enjoy cultivating a love of learning in others.

The Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning (Primary) is for university graduates with a bachelor's degree who wish to become a primary school teacher. There are a number of study options available to students including:

  • one-year full-time on campus in Ōtautahi Christchurch
  • one-year full-time or equivalent part-time study 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 | Te Rāngai Ako me te Hauora has a national and international reputation for producing high-quality teacher graduates based on a 135-year tradition. UC is ranked in the top 150 universities in the world for Education (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2018).

Contact us

For full requirements see the Regulations for the Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning (Primary).

For course advice contact the College of Education, Health and Human Development:

College of Education, Health and Human Development | Te Rāngai Ako me te Hauora
University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand

Phone +64 3 369 3333
Email educationadvice@canterbury.ac.nz