Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Primary) (GDipTchg(Primary))

Key facts

  • Available at Auckland - Jan intake
  • Available at Manawatū - Jan intake
  • One intake at the start of each year
  • 1 year of full-time study or 2 years of part-time study
  • Available for international students studying in NZ
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Make a difference in young people’s lives.

The Graduate Diploma of Teaching will help you inspire the children of today to become the leaders of tomorrow.

What is it like?

Massey is ranked in the world’s top 150 universities for education in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) ranking.

Primary teaching is a creative, challenging, and learning-focussed career. As an educator or teaching graduate you’ll bring a special perspective to teaching children with your knowledge, skills and passion for learning.

The Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Primary) is either a one-year full-time or two-year part-time intensive course that aims to develop professional understandings and the practical skills required to guide children's learning in New Zealand primary school classrooms. This course is designed to build on the breadth of knowledge and life skills you bring with you and to further enhance your disposition for learning and teaching.

Renowned in New Zealand and abroad

This internationally portable qualification is ranked in the top 100 among universities worldwide, has a 90% rate of teacher registration, and a national reputation for innovative teaching from our breadth of leading specialist lecturers. Its reputation means you will be in demand for teaching positions both in New Zealand and overseas upon graduating.

Gain skills relevant to the future of education

Our combined offering of extensive placement in partner schools, and large faculty of practitioner based teaching staff means you will gain significant real-world teaching and learning experiences and graduate with the skills and knowledge to create your own innovative teaching environments.

Solve the big issues in education

As classrooms become increasingly diverse and advanced, education faces a range of new and unexpected challenges. At Massey we are committed to addressing these challenges and shaping our future nation. Through our Professional Inquiry papers we develop teachers who will be the problem solvers in 21st century education.

A good fit if you:

  • Want to work with children
  • Are passionate about teaching and learning
  • Are keen to be involved in the community and make a difference to the lives of others
  • Work well with others
  • Are good at communicating
Catherine Irving
Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Primary)

“This diploma has given me the practical and theoretical knowledge needed to confidently step into my role as a classroom teacher…”

Studying the one year graduate programme has opened two possible career paths and I have had the opportunity to pursue both of my passions. It was the acclaimed lecturers and the amount of practical teaching experience that led me to choose to study at Massey University. My lecturers consistently modelled how to build the best learning environments in a classroom and were responsive to our learning needs every step of the way.

It was a gruelling year with engaging classes, mind-opening assignments, and weeks out in schools where you see everything in action.

This year I have my own classroom and am excited to put all of the ideas I learnt into practice and do my part to contribute to education in New Zealand.


Graduates of the Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Primary) will be eligible to apply for provisional teacher registration with the Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand. As a provisionally certificated teacher, you will be qualified to teach in New Zealand primary and intermediate schools.

Massey University Institute of Education prides itself on the success rate of its graduates in winning jobs as teachers at the conclusion of their initial teacher education programme.

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