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Specialise in Secondary for your Graduate Diploma of Learning and Teaching at Massey
Be part of an innovative qualification
The Graduate Diploma of Learning and Teaching (Secondary) 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 society. You’ll also gain specific knowledge in secondary school teaching.
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 endorsement 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 Graduate Diploma of Learning and Teaching in Secondary 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.
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.
Distance learning option
If you choose the distance learning option, we require you to be in New Zealand for the duration of the programme. The programme 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 10 days of compulsory on-campus contact workshops/wānanga during the programme. These are organised into two five-day wānanga – Wānanga 1 in February, Wānanga 2 in June/July. A two day noho marae is included in Wānanga 1.
Wānanga for the Secondary endorsement are offered on the Manawatū campus ONLY. (This is to enable time to be spent with subject specialists.)
Full-time students will attend both Wānanga 1 and Wānanga 2. First year part-time students will attend Wānanga 1 only. Second year part-time students will attend Wānanga 2 only.
The two professional practice courses include a total of 16 weeks of professional experience in education settings. All students will complete two seven-week blocks of practice in different education settings as well as ten days of targeted professional experience to support individual professional growth.
Where possible students will undertake practica in their 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.
Programme start/end dates 2023
This is an intensive programme that runs across an extended academic year. Semester dates and breaks in this programme do not always align with other Massey programmes, or with school holidays.
- Semester 1: Start 23 January 2023 - Ends 30 June 2023
- Semester 2: Start 17 July 2023 - Ends 24 November 2023
Semester breaks 2023
- Semester One:
- Study Week: 10-14 April
- Mid-semester Break: 17-21 April
- Mid-year Break (between semesters): 3-14 July
- Semester Two:
- Study Week: 25-29 September
- Mid-semester Break: 2-6 October
Contact workshops 2023
Wānanga 1: February
Manawatū: 13-17 February
Full-time and first year part-time students
(Noho Marae 13-14 February)
- Wānanga 2: July
- Online: 26-30 June
Full-time and second year part-time students
- Online: 26-30 June
Practicum dates 2023
- Practicum 1a: Monday 20 March - Friday 7 April
- Practicum 1b: Monday 24 April - Friday 26 May
- Practicum 2: Monday 7 August - Friday 22 September
Part-time students – Year One
- Practicum 1a: Monday 8 May - Friday 26 May
- Practicum 1b: Monday 21 August - Friday 22 September
Part-time students – Year Two
- Practicum 2a: Monday 8 May - Friday 26 May
- Practicum 2b: Monday 28 August - Friday 22 September.
If you are studying part-time here is your study plan
Part-time Year 1
263400 Learning and Teaching 1 (15 credits)
260410 Professional Practice 1 (Secondary) (30 credits)
260412 Curriculum and Pedagogy A (Secondary Maths, Science, Technology) OR 260413 Curriculum and Pedagogy A (Secondary English, Languages, Social Sciences) OR 260414 Curriculum and Pedagogy A (Secondary Arts, Physical Education & Health) (30 credits)
Part-time Year 2
263401 Learning and Teaching 2 (15 credits)
260411 Professional Practice 2 (Secondary) (30 credits)
260415 Curriculum and Pedagogy B (Secondary) (30 credits)
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.
Courses you can enrol in
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.
Course code: 260410 Professional Practice 1 (Secondary) credits 30
This course provides an introduction to professional practice in secondary school settings in Aotearoa New Zealand, through observation, teaching, critical self-reflection and evaluation of practice.View full course details
Course code: 260411 Professional Practice 2 (Secondary) credits 30
This course provides further development of professional practice in secondary school settings in Aotearoa New Zealand, through observation, teaching, critical self-reflection and evaluation of practice.View full course details
Course code: 260415 Curriculum and Pedagogy B (Secondary) credits 30
This course provides pathways for students to engage with the theory and practice of curriculum, pedagogy and assessment in a second learning area within the context of secondary schools in Aotearoa New Zealand. It also examines connections between curriculum areas and explores wider issues pertaining to secondary education guided by commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and tangata whenuatanga.View full course details
Compulsory course selection
Course code: 260412 Curriculum and Pedagogy A (Secondary Maths, Science, Technology) credits 30
This course engages students with the theory and practice of curriculum, pedagogy and assessment in maths or science or technology within the context of secondary schools in Aotearoa New Zealand guided by commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and tangata whenuatanga.View full course details
Course code: 260413 Curriculum and Pedagogy A (Secondary English, Languages, Social Sciences) credits 30
This course engages students with the theory and practice of curriculum, pedagogy and assessment in English, or languages or the social sciences within the context of secondary schools in Aotearoa New Zealand guided by commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and tangata whenuatanga.View full course details
Course code: 260414 Curriculum and Pedagogy A (Secondary Arts, Physical Education & Health) credits 30
This course engages students with the theory and practice of curriculum, pedagogy and assessment in the arts, or physical education and health within the context of secondary schools in Aotearoa New Zealand guided by commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and tangata whenuatanga.View full course details
Admission to Massey
All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.
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
- completed a body of study at New Zealand Qualifications Framework Levels 5 to 7 and/or higher in at least one subject – and typically two subjects – that are relevant for teaching a particular Secondary School subject (see below for details).
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 close 30 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.
Secondary teaching subjects
In the Secondary endorsement, you will develop teaching skills in a major subject that you can teach from years 9-11, and a second subject that you may teach at years 9 and 10 only.
Ordinarily, a suite of relevant university courses including at least one course (preferably more) at 300 level is required to teach a subject at years 11-13. Relevant university courses up to 200 level are required to teach at years 9 and 10. At the Selection Wānanga, we discuss and agree the choice of subject options with every student offered a place in the Secondary endorsement. Following the Wānanga, if you are offered a place, you are provided with details of the relevant courses into which you will enrol.
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 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.
English language skills
If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, see our English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses.
Can't meet the entry requirements?
If you need to do a course before you start your programme, there may be options for you in Summer School.
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
On completion of the Graduate Diploma of Learning and Teaching (Secondary), you will be eligible to apply for certification with the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand as a provisionally certificated teacher.
As a provisionally certificated teacher, you’ll be qualified to teach in secondary schools throughout New Zealand.
New Zealand is a great place to study. Massey University’s reputation is supported by our international rankings, accreditations and associations. We are rated five star plus by the QS World University Rankings.
Massey University has small class sizes, and our lecturers and staff are friendly and approachable.
As an international student, there are entry requirements that will apply to you. We recommend that you apply at least three months before your anticipated start date so your application can be processed in time. There are additional steps you will need to take. These include obtaining a visa and travel bookings if your study is to be in New Zealand.