Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning
Teaching is a positive and varied career for people who are energetic, creative, enjoy working with people and who are committed to making a positive difference for children and young people.
The Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning (GradDipTchgLn) gives you 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 be able to hone skills such as communication, critical thinking, planning and design for learning, and develop bicultural competence so that you go on to become an attentive and adaptable educator who meets the needs and aspirations of all learners.
The Graduate Diploma is endorsed in either Primary or Secondary Education. 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.
- Future-focused learning in curriculum areas and through a commitment to bicultural practices in Aotearoa.
- Multiple placements throughout schools and communities where you will be able to engage with children and young people.
- Flexibility to study on campus in Ōtautahi Christchurch, or by distance (Primary Education only).
- UC teaching qualifications are highly valued and regarded in Aotearoa and internationally.
An Aotearoa New Zealand bachelor's degree (or other qualifications of an equivalent standard) is required to apply for the GradDipTchgLn.
Applicants with knowledge and current work experience in the areas of technology and/or te reo Māori may be eligible to apply for the Secondary Education endorsement without a bachelor's degree. There is a specific application process to assess eligibility.
Those entering the Secondary Education endorsement will need a body of knowledge from their previous studies in a subject relevant to the secondary school curriculum eg, te reo Māori, English, mathematics, chemistry, history, etc.
Selection for entry is based on:
- academic ability, involvement and interest in working with children and young people, community involvement, communication skills, and other dispositional and personal qualities as outlined in the Guide to Applying
- a police check, referees' reports, and an interview
- short online literacy and numeracy assessments.
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 Graduate 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.
Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning – example degree structure
Courses towards Primary or Secondary Teaching
Each 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 Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning.
The GradDipTchgLn consists of 150 points of coursework and includes 80 days of professional practice in schools.
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.
The Secondary endorsement pathway can be studied full-time in one year. This is completed on campus, with the exception of selected students who are completing the alternative entry pathway in Technology and/or Te Reo Māori.
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.
Alternative entry pathway in Technology and/or Te Reo Māori
Select students with suitable experience in Technology and/or Te Reo Māori can apply to study via distance or on campus. See more about this alternative entry pathway.
All students for the GradDipTchgLn complete the following:
Primary Education endorsement
Students in the Primary endorsement also complete the following:
- TECP323 Literacy and Mathematics for Primary School Teaching
- TECP324 Curriculum 2: Teaching and learning in, through and about Health and Physical Education and the Arts
- TECP325 Curriculum 3: Exploring Science and Technology through Collaborative Design
- TECP326 Curriculum 4: Learning Languages and Social Sciences in Diverse School and Community Settings
Secondary Education endorsement
Students in the Secondary endorsement also complete the following:
- TECS333 Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment 1: Teaching subject for junior secondary
- TECS334 Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment 2: Teaching subject for senior secondary
- TECS335 Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment 3: Contemporary developments in secondary education
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
- Geography with Social Studies
- Health with HPE
- History with Social Studies
- International Languages
- Outdoor and Environmental Education with HPE
- Performing Arts
- Physical Education with HPE
- Physics with Science
- Te Reo Māori
- 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
- HPE (Health and PE)
- International Languages
- Performing Arts
- Social Studies
- Te Reo Māori
- 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:
- TECS436 Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment 4: Additional teaching subject for junior secondary
- TECS437 Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment 5: Additional teaching subject for senior secondary
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.
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.
- You will gain transferable skills in management, communication, responsibility, organisation, and more which are relevant to the teaching profession as well as careers outside of the classroom.
- Graduates have gained positions throughout all levels of schooling in Aotearoa within the curriculum and in extra-curricular activities.
- This Diploma may lead you to positions higher up in the teaching profession including senior management, pastoral care, or department leaders.
- Meet Matatū Aotearoa | Teaching Council of New Zealand graduating teachers’ standards requirements and are eligible to apply for registration with the Council as a teacher in Aotearoa.
- Read what other UC postgraduate students have gone on to achieve in their studies and careers in our student and graduate profiles.
- Te Rōpū Rapuara | UC Careers can help you to achieve the career you want, connect with employers, or find a job.
- For research into career destinations by qualification, visit Te Pōkai Tara | Universities New Zealand website.
- Find out more about what you can do with a degree from UC.
- Come along to an upcoming information event for prospective postgraduate students.
See Tuition Fee Structure for more information
|2023||150||Total Fee dependent on Endorsement||$8,210 - $8,384|
|2022||150||Total Fee dependent on Endorsement||$7,990 - $8,160|
|Year||Points||Info||Fees (NZD)||Fees (NZD) Excl GST|
|2022||150||Special (Set) Programme Fee||$29,000||$25,217|
|2023||150||Special (Set) Programme Fee||$30,000||$26,087|
See more information about our Initial Teacher Education programmes.
For full requirements, see the Regulations for the Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning.
For study planning help, contact our Student Advisor team.
For more information on facilities, resources, and staff, see Te Kaupeka Ako | Faculty of Education.