Postgraduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching

Ako Matatupu: Teach First NZ

Subject area

Teacher Education: General (Pre-Service)



2 Years

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About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

The aim of our work is to contribute to the development of an exceptional and high performing teacher and education leadership workforce which is supporting all young people to have fair opportunities and achieve success through education.

As such, the educational outcomes we seek to achieve are to:
* Develop our students as deeply effective and transformational educators
* Increase our students' understanding of and commitment to addressing inequity and inequality, and working towards social justice in Aotearoa New Zealand
* Grow our students' leadership capability so that they can affect change within and beyond the classroom and school
* Ensure our students are able to practise in culturally sustaining ways for all people, as outlined in our tūāpapa

As part of achieving these outcomes, our students will:
Gain registered teacher status, by meeting the code and standards for the teaching profession 'with support', as outlined by the Teaching Council of New Zealand: Mātātu Aotearoa, and by undertaking Initial Teacher Education (ITE)

Key Information for Students

Entry Requirements

Minimum requirements

To gain entry to the Postgraduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching applicants must: Provide evidence of competence in one of the languages of the national curriculum English or Maori (acceptable evidence is outlined by the Teaching Council | Matatu Aotearoa at Hold a Bachelor s degree at level 7 on the New Zealand Qualification Framework (NZQF), or recognised equivalent, with evidence of achievement at a B grade or above Have a body of knowledge from NZQF Level 5 to 7 or higher in their entry qualification, that is relevant for teaching in a particular secondary school subject. Policy and procedure for assessment and administration of this is included in the recruitment-specific guidance Prior to entry, provide evidence of literacy and numeracy at UE level or above OR successfully pass an assessment of literacy and numeracy with a passing grade no lower than the equivalent to UE in literacy and numeracy Be assessed for their disposition to teach, prior to entry (this is completed as part of Selection) Complete an assessment in Te Reo Maori, and make a commitment to developing their proficiency in Te Reo Maori throughout the programme Complete a safety check, including (but not limited to) a New Zealand Police vet and an assessment of the risk, if any, that the applicant would pose to the safety of children if employed or engaged as a children s worker (under the Children s Act 2014 (previously Vulnerable Children Act 2014)) In addition to meeting the entry criteria, to be admitted to the programme applicants must meet the selection criteria.

Detailed requirements

See provider website for more details about entry to this qualification.


2 Years

Tuition Fees

Annual Total qualification
Student fees
(what you pay)
$0 $0
Government tuition subsidy
(what the government pays)
$6,808 $13,616
Total $6,808 $13,616

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A Compulsory Student Services Fee may be charged, see your provider for details.

Student Success


National Graduate Outcomes

Outcomes for students who completed qualifications at the same level and in the same subject area, three years after completion:

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Contact details

Main Campus Office

Phone: (09) 99729243

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Where does this information come from?

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