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Study a Graduate Diploma of Learning and Teaching – GradDipLnTchg
Note: This qualification is covered by the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Amendment Order 2021. Students are required to provide details of their vaccination status on enrolment.
Be part of an innovative qualification
The Graduate Diploma of Learning and Teaching embodies a new vision for the future of teacher education. You’ll gain from robust, specialised curriculum and teaching knowledge, that is critical for graduates preparing to enter different types of teaching environments. The qualification also represents Massey University’s commitment to becoming a Tiriti-led university.
Learn from the best
You’ll work with nationally and internationally esteemed practitioners and researchers. You can expect a teaching and learning environment that will enable you to learn how to contribute positively towards your students and to society.
Study in a highly supportive environment
The qualification includes regular contact with the teaching team and mentors. You’ll be supported in your professional and personal journey to becoming a teacher in Aotearoa. You’ll be learning with and alongside a great group of peers in a collaborative learning environment that recognises your and your classmates’ individual strengths.
Gain professional experience
In addition to regular coursework (face to face and/or distance) you will spend 16 weeks in specialisation-relevant education settings. This is where you’ll develop and refine your professional skills alongside our supportive associate teachers and mentors. You’ll have an opportunity to engage with tamariki, educators and whānau in a professional setting where you’ll be able to take on increasing elements of the teaching role in preparation for your entry into the profession.
Massey offers a range of further exciting study options in education, such as specialist teaching, educational leadership, counselling and psychology.
A GradDipLnTchg is a good fit if you:
- already have a bachelor’s qualification
- want to be a high-quality and effective teacher
- value the diversity of heritage, language, identity and culture of all learners, families and whānau.
Admission to Massey
All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.
The Graduate Diploma of Learning and Teaching includes 16 weeks of practicum placements in schools and/or early childhood settings. In line with the Government’s announcement that all teachers and education workers – including student teachers on practicum – must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by 1 January 2022, acceptance into the Graduate Diploma of Learning and Teaching in 2022 is now conditional on being fully vaccinated for COVID-19. If selected into the qualification, you will be asked to provide Massey University with evidence of your vaccination status before the qualification starts and to give consent for this information to be shared with practicum settings. Details of the evidence required and how this will be managed will be provided on selection into the qualification.
This is a selected entry qualification. This means there are a number of extra requirements you must meet.
To enter the Graduate Diploma of Learning and Teaching you will have:
- been awarded or qualified for a bachelor's degree of at least 360 credits, or equivalent
- demonstrated competence in literacy and numeracy as set down by the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand
- achieved an Academic IELTS score of at least 7.0 with no band less than 7.0 or approved equivalent within the preceding two years, unless you hold New Zealand University Entrance Level 2 literacy credits or higher, or Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand recognised equivalent qualification(s) and/or schooling
- met the requirements for registration as set down by the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand, in terms of values, disposition and fitness to teach
- for the secondary endorsement - completed a body of study at New Zealand Qualifications Framework Levels 5 to 7 and/or higher in at least one subject that is relevant for teaching a particular Secondary School subject.
You will need to provide the following documents:
- verified copies of all academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey University
- a copy of your current curriculum vitae
- a supporting statement
- a consent to disclosure of information for a New Zealand Police check. Please provide two pieces of verified identification (one of which must be photographic). See more details below about safety checks
- a copy of a police report from every overseas country you have lived in for more than 12 months in the last 10 years. Please do not supply originals as these will need to be supplied to the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand at a later date
- a health and disability declaration
- evidence of English language competency as outlined by the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand, which may include an Academic IELTS test or recognised equivalent - if English is not your first language (see requirements below)
- an NZQA International Qualifications Assessment - if you have an overseas qualification
- contact details of two referees - one character referee and one professional referee.
If the selection committee feel you potentially meet the values, disposition and fitness to teach criteria, you may be invited to an interview. This is the second part of the selection process.
Application closing date
Applications for this qualification close 29 November, for study the following year. Late applications will only be accepted in exceptional circumstances and at the discretion of the specialisation coordinator.
All documentation needs to be provided prior to the closing date for applications.
There is only one intake at the start of each year, but applications are open throughout the year for future intakes.
Referees need to be able to provide informed responses on your personal suitability for the qualification. A referee should be someone who has known you for one year or more in the capacity of employer, educator, work colleague or person of community standing, ie kaumatua, Minister or similar. Your referee should not be a friend, flatmate, relative or someone who has not known you for at least a year. The information your referee supplies is confidential to those involved in the selection process.
Please provide a full CV including details for at least the last five years and include brief details on recent formal and/or informal experiences and/or involvement in the following areas: experience with children/young adults; proficiency in languages; community activities; school activities; sport, music, drama, art, travel, teaching/coaching and outdoor education. Please also include experiences in bi-cultural, multi-cultural and diverse contexts and settings.
Please supply a statement outlining why you wish to pursue a teaching qualification in your selected endorsement. Tell us about the strengths and dispositions that you would bring to this teaching qualification. For Secondary endorsement applicants, please indicate your preferred teaching subjects and the qualification/experience you bring in these domains.
Safety checks and disclosure of criminal convictions
You will be 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 Massey University to ask the New Zealand Police to disclose any information held on the Police record system.
Health and disability declaration
Please indicate if you have any short or long-term disability (including learning disability), impairment, injury or physical/mental health condition. If you disclose any disability, health or personal information as part of your application, this will be discussed with you at interview and considered in accordance with Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand requirements. The information supplied is confidential to the University staff processing your application.
English language competency requirement
Evidence of English language competency, as outlined by the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand, is required for all applicants. In most cases, your academic background and schooling will provide this evidence.
If English, or Te Reo Māori, is not your first language, you may need to provide further evidence of competency. This may include provision of a verified copy of Academic IELTS test results, undertaken within the preceding two years, with a score of at least 7.0 or higher in all components; or the verified results of an approved equivalent English language qualification. Find out more on the TCANZ site:
Qualifications from overseas
If you have qualifications obtained overseas you must get these assessed by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) to determine comparability with New Zealand qualifications. This NZQA International Qualifications Assessment must be provided at the time of applying for this qualification. 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.
About the selection process
The Graduate Diploma of Learning and Teaching at Massey University requires students to be selected into the qualification. Selection and the subsequent offer of a place, is determined by the information submitted in the application process and the interview process.
The first part of the selection process involves assessment of application documents by academic staff within the Institute of Education.
If you meet the initial entry requirements, you will be invited to meet with a selection panel. This is the second part of the selection process. Conversations with the panel are held face-to-face or via video conference. You will be advised of the date and time of this meeting along with other important information. You are welcome to have whānau or support people present if you choose.
The selection process focuses on the following criteria as outlined in The Code of Professional Responsibility in Our Code Our Standards:
- Commitment to the Teaching Profession
- Commitment to Learners
- Commitment to Families and Whānau
- Commitment to Society
Before meeting with the selection panel you will be sent details of a number of preparatory tasks. These will include the submission of a piece of writing in response to a given education-related scenario and a short numeracy test. You will also be provided with suggestions of documents to engage with (such as the New Zealand Curriculum, Te Whāriki, Our Code Our Standards) and encouraged, where possible, to visit a school or centre in your chosen endorsement to observe teaching and learning.
If the selection panel is satisfied that you demonstrate readiness to undertake the Graduate Diploma of Learning and Teaching qualification 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. 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 i.e. pending completion of your degree.
If you are not offered a place in the qualification, you may like to contact us through the Get advice button on this page to discuss other qualifications.
Prior learning, credit and exemptions
Unfortunately no credit can be granted towards the Graduate Diploma of Teaching and Learning due to the specialised nature of this qualification.
English language skills
If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, see our English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses.
To understand what you need to study and must complete to graduate read the official rules and regulations for this qualification.
You should read these together with all other relevant Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates.
For returning students, there may be changes to the majors and minors available and the courses you need to take. Go to the section called ‘Transitional Provisions’ in the Regulations to find out more.
In some cases the qualification or specialisation you enrolled in may no longer be taking new enrolments, so may not appear on these web pages. To find information on the regulations for these qualifications go to the Massey University Calendar.
Please contact us through the Get advice button on this page if you have any questions.
Structure of the Graduate Diploma of Learning and Teaching
Blended learning is a hallmark of this qualification. Course work is grounded in demonstration and application of teaching performance. Problem-solving approaches to learning are emphasised.
If you choose the distance learning option, we require you to be in New Zealand for the duration of the qualification. The qualification and practicum placements within it are relevant to the New Zealand curriculum and hence must be done within New Zealand in accordance with Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand requirements. 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.
Distance students are required to attend compulsory contact workshops.
All students (full-time and part-time, distance and on-campus) are required to attend six days of compulsory contact workshops on either Manawatū or Albany campus.
You also be will be required to attend four additional days of online workshops during the year. Dates for these will be confirmed at the outset of the qualification.
The two professional practice courses include a total of 16 weeks of professional experience in education settings. You will complete two seven-week blocks of practicum in different education settings as well as ten days of targeted professional experience to support individual professional growth.
Where possible, you will undertake practica in your local area/community, however you may be required to travel up to one hour for practicum placements. Please note that depending on the availability of placements in particular subject specialisms, students in the secondary endorsement may be required to undertake practica outside of their local region.
Organising travel for practicum placements is your responsibility.
Start/end dates 2022
This is an intensive qualification that runs across an extended academic year. Semester dates and breaks in this qualification do not always align with other Massey qualification, or with school holidays.
- Semester 1: Start 24 January 2022 – Ends 8 July 2022
- Semester 2: Start 25 July 2022 - Ends 27 November 2022
Semester break dates 2022
- Semester One Break: Monday 18 April – Friday 29 April
- Midyear Break (between semesters): Monday 11 July – Friday 22 July
- Semester 2 Break: Monday 3 October – Friday 14 October
Practicum dates for specialisations
For practicum dates and other information relating to the Early Childhood Education, Primary and Secondary specialisations see the programme page for those specialisations.
Courses and specialisations
- Each qualification has its own specific set of courses. Some universities call these papers. You enrol in courses after you get accepted into Massey.
- Course code
- Each course is numbered using 6 digits. The fourth number shows the level of the course. For example, in course 219206, the fourth number is a 2, so it is a 200-level course (usually studied in the second year of full-time study).
- Each course is worth a number of credits. You combine courses (credits) to meet the total number of credits needed for your qualification.
- Some qualifications let you choose what subject you'd like to specialise in. Your major or endorsement is what you will take the majority of your courses in.
- Core courses – 30 credits
- Specialisation courses – 120 credits
A specialisation is compulsory.
Course planning key
- Courses that need to be completed before moving onto a course at the next level. For example, a lot of 200-level courses have 100-level prerequisite courses.
- Courses that must be completed at the same time as another course are known as corequisite courses.
- Some courses are restricted against each other because their content is similar. This means you can only choose one of the offered courses to study and credit to your qualification.
Core courses (Choose 30 credits from)
Course code: 263400 Learning and Teaching 1 credits 15
This course uses a research informed, evidence-based approach to introduce how learning happens in its social, cultural and historical context and what this means for effective teaching for all learners. The multiple factors shaping identity will be introduced, and students will develop awareness of and reflect on diverse perspectives regarding identity.View full course details
Course code: 263401 Learning and Teaching 2 credits 15
This course uses a research informed, evidence-based approach to examine how learning happens in its social, cultural and historical context and what this means for effective teaching for all learners. The multiple factors shaping identity will be explored, and students will develop awareness of, and critically reflect on, diverse perspectives regarding identity.View full course details
Some qualifications let you choose what subject you'd like to specialise in. Your major or endorsement is what you will take the majority of your courses in.
Fees and scholarships
Fees, student loans and free fees scheme
Your tuition fees may be different depending on the courses you choose. Your exact fees will show once you have chosen your courses.
There will also be some compulsory non-tuition fees and for some courses, there may also be charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.
- Get an estimate of the tuition fees for your qualification
- View a list of non-tuition fees that may be payable
Already know which courses you're going to choose?
You can view fees for the courses that make up your qualification on the course details pages.
Student loans (StudyLink) and Fees Free scheme
You may be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.
The New Zealand Government offers fees-free tertiary study for eligible domestic students. Find out more about the scheme and your eligibility on the Fees Free website. To use the site's eligibility checking tool, you will need your National Student Number.
Current and returning Massey students can find their National Student Number in the student portal.
This information is for estimation purposes only. Actual fees payable will be finalised on confirmation of enrolment. Unless otherwise stated, all fees shown are quoted in New Zealand dollars and include Goods and Services Tax, if any. Before relying on any information on these pages you should also read the University's Disclaimer Notice.
Careers and job opportunities
Become a registered and certificated teacher
Graduates of the Graduate Diploma of Learning and Teaching will be eligible to apply for teacher registration and provisional certification with the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand. As a provisionally certificated teacher, you’ll be qualified to teach in one of the following settings: New Zealand kindergartens and early childhood; primary; or secondary schools.
Join our successful graduates
Massey University prides itself on the success rate of its graduates in winning jobs as teachers at the conclusion of their initial teacher education qualification.
A career in teaching can open many other doors in education. It is a great starting point.