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Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Secondary) - GDipTchg (Secondary)

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Start date: 01-February-2021
Victoria University of Wellington
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Get the skills and knowledge you need to be a confident and effective secondary school teacher.

Study with the School of Education in this one-year, full-time, programme that will give you a grounding in the principles and theories of teaching and learning, human development and curriculum studies in secondary school subjects.

If you have an undergraduate degree that includes two secondary teaching subjects, one to 200-level and one to 300-level, the GDipTchg (Secondary) is designed for you.

If you have only one teaching subject in your undergraduate degree, you may still be able to do the GDipTchg (Secondary) as long as your teaching subject is approved by the Dean as a high demand subject.

Teacher experience

You'll do two, seven week blocks of compulsory teaching in the classroom gaining valuable experience, applying what you've learned and building relationships with teachers and learners.

Successful completion of TE is a mandatory requirement of some courses.

The Teaching Experience Office will find placements for you, so you shouldn't approach any schools to set up a TE placement on your own.

Study and workload

As well as completing the compulsory blocks of teaching experience in schools, you can choose to study this qualification on campus or online. The requirements and content are the same for both modes of delivery and you can expect around 40-50 hours of course work and study per week.

On campus study includes timetabled lectures, tutorials and exams in Wellington.

If you're looking for a more flexible study and have good self-management skills, you can attend your classes online.

Curriculum Studies subjects

If you're planning your study pathway through to teaching, check that your undergraduate degree choices are aligned with the New Zealand Curriculum school subject areas.

Choose two of the Curriculum Studies areas relevant to your qualifications and experience

  • English
  • Learning Languages
  • Health - taught online only in 2017
  • Music
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Physical Education
  • Performing Arts including: Dance and Drama
  • Social Sciences including: Accounting, Business Studies, Economics, Geography, History and Social Studies
  • Science including: Biology, Chemistry and Physics
  • Visual Arts
  • Technology

After you graduate

New Zealand is facing a shortage of secondary teachers so employment prospects are good for those who can teach Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Te Reo Maori, or Technology.

This Graduate Diploma will allow you to apply for provisional teacher registration from the Education Council as well as apply for a teaching position in schools through New Zealand.

Qualification requirements

For this programme you’ll need to:

Complete 155 points

Include eight courses at 300 level:

  • The Learner in Context (TCHG 301)
  • The Teacher in Context (TCHG 302)
  • Matauranga Maori in Education (TCHG 303)
  • Teaching Models and Strategies (TCHG 304)
  • Four courses from TCHG 330-359

Entry criteria

Bachelor's degree or equivalent in two teaching subjects, police check, references and selection meeting.

Proof of English proficiency

To be accepted into this programme you will need:

IELTS: minimum overall score of 7.0 with no sub-score below 7.0

Course variation

01-February-2021 - Victoria University of Wellington

Victoria University of Wellington
Tuition fees:
3 trimesters
Start date: 01-February-2021
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