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To obtain a place within a teacher education programme you must be selected, gain entry into the University and gain admission to the Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Secondary) programme. Entry requirements are detailed on the regulations button.
In addition to meeting the entrance requirements to Massey University, students selected for the Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Secondary) with Massey University must hold the minimum entry level in one of the following qualifications:
For the Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Secondary) you are required to have two teaching subjects appropriate to the secondary school curriculum. Your entry qualification should comprise relevant content-based courses. You will be required to have the academic background to equip you to teach at least one subject at senior level (Years 11 - 13). For this subject you will need at least one course (preferably two) at 300-level, supported by relevant 100- and 200-level courses.
In your second teaching subject you will need at least one course (preferably two) at 200-level, supported by relevant 100-level courses. This is to provide you with the appropriate knowledge in order to be able to teach these subject areas proficiently in the classroom.
Applicants with qualifications obtained overseas must have these qualifications assessed by New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) to determine comparability with New Zealand qualifications. The NZQA International Qualifications Assessment must be provided at the time of applying. NZQA Assessments older than three (3) years at the time of applying may not be accepted. If this applies to you, please contact NZQA, Qualification Review Service requesting a review of the original assessment notes. They will inform you if you need to re-apply to NZQA. NZQA accreditation can take up to 35 working days.
For more information on applying to NZQA please refer to:
If your first language is not English, you will need to attach a verified copy of your results in the form of an IELTS test with a score of at least 7.0 or higher in all components of the academic version of the IELTS test within the preceding two years, or approved equivalent.
See the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand website for clarification on English Language Requirements.
The only exemptions to this requirement are:
To begin an initial teacher education programme you must first apply through the student homepage or by clicking on the Apply Now button. There is only one intake at the start of each year, but applications are open throughout the year for future intakes. Applications close on 30 November each year. Late applications may be considered subject to available places and complete documentation.
During the application process you will be asked to upload the following:
All documentation needs to be provided prior to the closing date for applications.
All applicants are required to undergo a number of safety checks. This includes police vetting (including confirmation of identity) and further checks required under the Vulnerable Children Act 2014, Vulnerable Children Regulations 2015 and the Children’s Action Plan. You will be required to permit the Institute of Education to ask the New Zealand Police to disclose any information held on the Police record system.
All initial teacher education programmes at Massey University require students to be selected into the programme. Selection, and the subsequent offer of a place in the programme, is determined by the information submitted in the application process and the interview process. The first part of the selection process involves assessment by academic staff within the Institute of Education.
If the selection committee feel you potentially meet the 'fit character' and 'fit to be a teacher' criteria, you may be invited to an interview. This is the second part of the selection process. Interviews are held face-to-face in Palmerston North and by Skype. You will be advised of the date, time and venue of your interview along with other important information. You are welcome to bring Whanau or support people to the interview if you choose.
The interview undertaken by Institute staff focuses on the following criteria:
All applicants will also be required to undertake a short Numeracy test at the time of interview.
If the interview panel is satisfied that you are a suitable candidate for the GradDipTchg (Secondary) programme and you meet the entry and admission criteria into the University you will be sent an Offer of Place.
Once you have accepted your Offer of Place you can apply for courses if the enrolment year is open. When your application for enrolment in your courses is approved, you will receive an Offer of Enrolment notification that you will need to accept. The Offer of Enrolment will contain information about fees and may have conditions on it. Once you accept your Offer of Enrolment you will be enrolled and will receive a Confirmation of Enrolment notification if you have no outstanding conditions ie pending completion of your degree.
If you are not offered a place in the programme of your choice, you may like to get in touch with our Contact Centre to discuss other qualifications.
Selected Entry application closing date: 30 November each year (late applications may be considered)
Semester 1: Start date 27 January 2020
Semester 2: Start date 20 July 2020
Semester 2: Ends 13 November 2020
Please visit the TeachNZ website to see closing dates for TeachNZ Scholarships.
For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.
Unfortunately no credit can be granted towards the GradDipTchg (Secondary) due to the specialised nature of this qualification (8 compulsory courses). The University cross credit regulations also state: "Courses may not be cross-credited to or from a postgraduate diploma, postgraduate certificate, graduate diploma or a graduate certificate unless specifically stated otherwise in the Regulations for that diploma or certificate."
To find out how to plan your study and/or see what courses are necessary to complete your programme, please click the 'regulations' button. It will display the regulatory information for the programme you have selected.
If you would like to find out more about individual course requirements, please use our Course search.
Whilst this programmes is offered via Distance Learning, we do require that you are in New Zealand for the duration. The programme and Practicum Placements within it are relevant to the NZ curriculum (as it is New Zealand teacher registration that is the ultimate goal) and hence must be done within New Zealand.
Also, as practical and theoretical courses are intertwined you cannot do the theory/pedagogy courses first and then return to do the practical courses at a later date. Without full access to the New Zealand curriculum you would also be hugely disadvantaged in your assignments
The aims of this diploma programme are to:
The two Teaching Experience courses include a total of 15 weeks of practica, which students will complete three blocks of practica in three different schools. Students living in the Palmerston North area will be required to complete at least one practicum outside the area.
Note: Travel for practica is the responsibility of the student teacher.
Practicum 1: Monday 9 March – Friday 3 April
Practicum 2: Monday 18 May – Friday 19 June
Practicum 3: Monday 17 August – Friday 25 Sept
Part-time year 1 students
Practicum 1: Monday 25 May – Friday 19 June
Practicum 2: Monday 24 August – Friday 25 September
Part-time year 2 students
Practicum 3 : Monday 11 May – Friday 19 June
Mid-semester break for all students Friday 10 April – Friday 24 April
Monday 10 - Friday 21 February
Monday 29 June – Friday 3 July
Year 1 part-time students:
Monday 10 - Friday 21 February
Monday 29 June – Friday 3 July 2020
Year 2 part-time students:
Monday 17 – Friday 21 Feb 2020
Monday 29 – Friday 3 July 2020
Mid-year break Monday 6 – Friday 17 July 2020. All students
Mid-semester break Monday 28 Sept - Friday 9 Oct 2020. All students
These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates
Courses focus on you as a teacher and facilitator of learning. You will investigate and discuss a wide range of educational issues, examine current theories about learning and teaching and the way in which these are applied in school settings. You will need to take five compulsory courses and three Curriculum Subject Studies courses.
253.353 Guidance Principles and Practice
260.420 Teaching Mathematics
260.422 Teaching Science
260.426 Teaching Technology
260.429 Teaching Languages
260.431 Teaching English
260.434 Teaching Social Studies
260.438 Teaching Music
260.441 Teaching Health and Physical Education
260.444 Teaching Visual Arts
260.421 Teaching Senior Mathematics
260.423 Teaching Senior Agriculture/Biology/Horticulture
260.424 Teaching Senior Chemistry
260.425 Teaching Senior Physics
260.427 Teaching Senior Technology
260.428 Teaching Graphics
260.430 Teaching Senior Languages
260.432 Teaching Senior English
260.433 Teaching Drama
260.435 Teaching Senior History
260.436 Teaching Senior Geography
260.437 Teaching Senior Commerce
260.439 Teaching Senior Music
260.440 Musicianship for School Instrumental Music Teachers
260.442 Teaching Senior Physical Education
260.443 Teaching Health
260.445 Teaching Senior Visual Arts
260.446 Teaching Senior Art History
260.447 Teaching Performing Arts
260.448 Teaching Senior Social Sciences
260.483 Secondary Teaching Experience I (Double Semester)
260.490 Teaching in Context I
1 x Senior Subject Studies course
1 x Subject Studies course
Practicum 1: 25 May to 19 June
Practicum 2: 24 of Aug to the 25 September
We can't tell you the exact cost until you have chosen your courses, as the tuition fees you pay each year vary depending on the courses you choose. There will also be compulsory non-tuition fees you have to pay in addition to your tuition fees. For some courses there may be other charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.
To get an approximate idea of tuition costs for typical study areas, you can use our quick guide to programme fees.
If you already know which courses you are going to take, you can use our Fees calculator to get an estimate of your fees.
You might be eligible to apply for a scholarship or award. You can use our scholarship search to see what is available. You may also be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.
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