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About Graduate Diploma of Teaching at University of Waikato

If you're due to complete your undergraduate degree or you're seeking a career change and already have a degree, consider teaching. With a Graduate Diploma Teaching or MTchgLn, it takes one year to gain your qualification. Entry into both of these programmes require a bachelors degree.

Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Secondary)

Prepare yourself for a career in secondary schools with a Graduate Diploma in Teaching (GradDipT), working with young people aged 13-18 years old. The University of Waikato can prepare you for most curriculum subjects. There are currently shortages in english, maths, science, technology and te reo Māori.

This programme consists of eight compulsory papers (120 points, with 80 points at 300 level), including three curriculum subject papers, two practicum and three Professional Education papers. Learn how to teach your curriculum areas and develop skills in teaching and learning.

To teach a NZ curriculum subject at senior level (year 11-13), 300 level university papers are required. To teach junior levels (year 7-10), 100 and 200 level university papers are required. Graduates who apply for the programme submit their degree transcript(s), and the programme leader/coordinator discusses and advises the appropriate programme once applicants reach the interview stage.

Curriculum subjects taught at Waikato University include (but are not limited to*); Science, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Social Studies, History, Geography, Mathematics & Statistics, English, Media Studies, Drama, Technology (all areas), Languages (various), te reo Māori, Art, Music, Dance, Health & Physical Education, Business Studies, Accounting, Economics.

Please Note: that some smaller areas such as Psychology, Guidance Counselling and Environmental Studies are taught via special topics, however students must be capable of teaching in another main area (based on papers taken in their previous qualification), such as Social Studies.

  • Entry requirements: Bachelors degree or Graduate Diploma (120 points) which supports the teaching of a NZ curriculum subject (80 points at 300 level).
  • Location: Hamilton, Tauranga, Mixed Media Presentation (MMP)
  • Start date: February

Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood Education)

Prepare yourself for a career working in a variety of early childhood settings with children from birth up to six years old. This programme consists of 12 compulsory Professional Education and curriculum teaching papers (153 points at 700 level), and three practica. You'll gain practical and theoretical knowledge about how children learn and develop, and an understanding of Te Whariki, the Early Childhood Curriculum.

  • Location: Mixed Media Presentation (MMP), includes: online and 10 days on campus in Hamilton (February & May).
  • Start date: Early January

Please Note: there is a Kaupapa Maori option if there is sufficient demand.

Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Primary)

Prepare yourself for a career in primary, intermediate and middle schools or kura, working with children from five to 13 years old. You'll gain a solid foundation in all aspects of the New Zealand curriculum, classroom management, the teaching and learning process and educational policies and practices. During the year, there will be three practica, with 14 weeks spent full-time at a school under the supervision of an associate teacher.

  • Location: Hamilton, Mixed Media Presentation (MMP), online and 15 days on campus in Hamilton (February, June & August).
  • Start date: Early January

Te Rōpū Tohu Paerua Mātauranga Māori PGDipEd (Te Rōpū Tohu Paerua)

Ka aro tēnei tohu ki ngā horopaki huhua o ngā kaiwhakaako o te akomanga rumaki, reo rua  hoki. Ka kawe ngā akoranga o tēnei hōtaka mā te reo Māori. E whā ngā pepa (120 ngā piro) ā kei te kaupae tuarima tēnei Tohu Paerua Rumaki. Ka akohia tēnei hōtaka mā te rorohiko (NET) me ngā wānanga (HAM).

Postgraduate Diploma (Education) (Māori Medium Teaching)

This Postgraduate Diploma in Education specialisation suits teachers who want to adapt their classroom organisation and teaching styles to meet learners needs within kōhanga reo, kura kaupapa Māori, immersion Māori and bilingual schools and units. This programme is delivered through the medium of te reo Māori. The PGDipEd (Māori Medium Teaching) comprises the equivalent of four (120 points) 500 level papers. The papers are delivered online (NET) and face-to-face through block sessions (HAM). Find out more about the qualification regulations.

Qualifications for career changers

There are two options for people wanting to teach who already have industry experience that are not Level 7 of the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF).

  • GradDipT (Secondary), and a Graduate Diploma in Engineering (Technology Teaching) - GradDip (Eng)
  • Bachelor of Education (Technology)

Location: These programmes are taught in Hamilton, Tauranga and through Mixed Media Presentation (MMP) with some on-campus time required.

Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Secondary), and a Graduate Diploma in Engineering (Technology Teaching) - GradDip(Eng)

Suited for people interested in technology, who have an industry based qualification and industry experience, but who do not have a Level 7 teaching qualification. This two year pathway allows students to complete two qualifications concurrently: a Graduate Diploma of Teaching - Secondary, and a Graduate Diploma in Engineering - GradDip(Eng).

The GradDip (Eng) is taught through the Faculty of Science and Engineering and is suited for people wanting to become technology teachers.  The course is completed at Hamilton campus over one year.

Find out more about the available papers.

Bachelor of Education (Technology)

This Bachelor of Education (Technology) programme is for qualified and registered teachers of technology or trades-qualified people considering technology teaching. This qualification meets the G3+ or Q3+ qualification group for salary purposes. This option is also suitable for undergraduate students interested in technology in secondary schools.

Waikato has a national and international reputation in technology education.  Staff have led national professional development programmes in technology education, and are actively supportive of this Ministry initiative to help increase the number of fully-qualified teachers in this essential learning area.

Location: Hamilton

Entry criteria

School Leavers: University entrance criteria

Trades-qualified & Teachers: If you hold a NZQA level 6 trade/technology qualification/s will be required to complete 290 points at 100, 200 and 300 levels in Professional Education and Technology, including papers in technological practice and technological knowledge, to complete the Bed (Technology).

Programme requirements

The BEd (Technology) consists of completing a total of 30 papers at 100, 200 and 300 level (480 points) over four years. There are exemptions for people who have completed trade qualifications at level 5 or above, which could shorten the duration of your programme.

The compulsory Professional Education TEPS papers examine areas such as teaching, curriculum, assessment, classroom management, cultural and linguistic diversity and Māori.
Approved technology papers can be chosen from the following subject areas: Biology, Chemistry, Electronics, Engineering , Materials and Process Engineering, Education, Materials and Process Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) and Tourism Management.

The practicum is related to papers in the programme and involves practical experience in a secondary school or wharekura.

Find out more about the available papers.

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    Billy Bodger, Master of Science (Earth Sciences)

    Testimonial from Billy Bodger, Master of Science (Earth Sciences), student at University of Waikato

    Smaller class sizes, enthusiastic lecturers and field trips to exciting North Island locations has made Earth Sciences study at Waikato a top experience for student Billy Bodger.

    Billy completed a BSc in Earth Sciences before beginning an MSc in 2013, with a focus on geology.

    "The flexible BSc course structure and passionate lecturers have allowed for more one-on-one time with staff and more feedback on assignments. I believe I wouldn't be where I am today without that additional help," says Billy.

    Some memorable field trips have included a six day excursion to the Hawke's Bay for a sedimentary geology paper and a trip to the GNS Science Wairakei Research Centre for a volcanic geochemistry paper.

    "Both of these field trips and all the other practical activities and applied research I have undertaken at Waikato have given me a valuable insight into the tasks that I could expect to encounter in industry. I have no doubt that these experiences will give me a head-start career-wise."

    A School of Science Masters Research Scholarship in late in 2013 helped kick-start Billy's masters study. Now undertaking research in volcanic geology and gold mineralisation, Billy has been fortunate to work with an international mining corporation and is now trained to use a range of Waikato's excellent laboratory facilities specific to his research.

    "Being able to tailor my degree to suit my strengths and interests makes Waikato a top choice for study. Once you come to Waikato, the doors will open for you and the opportunities are endless."

    Kaylee Bird, Bachelor of Management Studies/Bachelor of Laws (Management)

    Testimonial from Kaylee Bird, Bachelor of Management Studies/Bachelor of Laws (Management), student at University of Waikato

    A passion for dancing has led to a Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship for Kaylee Bird. The former Otumoetai College student is now in her second year of studying a conjoint Bachelor of Management Studies and a Bachelor of Laws.

    She says one of the reasons she chose to study at Waikato was that it was the only university in New Zealand where she could continue both dance and academic studies.

    Kaylee has been dancing since she was four years old and mainly trains in classical ballet and contemporary dance. In 2013, Kaylee was accepted into three dance schools in Australia; the prestigious Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy where she spent a term in 2014 experiencing full-time dancing before returning to her studies, Queensland University of Technology Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance Performance) and the Queensland Dance School of Excellence.

    In 2013 she was awarded honours in both her Advanced 2 BBO Ballet and Contemporary exams, and she was nominated to compete in the 2012 NZ Young Performer of the Year Awards.

    Waylon Kenning, Master of Electronic Commerce (Electronic Commerce)

    Testimonial from Waylon Kenning, Master of Electronic Commerce (Electronic Commerce), student at University of Waikato

    Master of Electronic Commerce student Waylon Kenning likes to create “digital experiences that delight customers; by defining their interests and marrying them to technology”.

    Originally from Taumarunui, he is now half-way through completing his MECom degree online, while continuing to work full-time as a product architect at Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure, a global IT firm in Wellington.

    Since graduating from a Bachelor of Electronic Commerce in 2008, Waylon quickly found work as a business analyst, and his career has gone from strength to strength.

    He now oversees a diverse team of developers, user experience designers and analysts at Hexagon, who are creating a new mobile app designed to help police officers do their jobs more easily by putting critical information at their fingertips. The goal is to reduce paperwork so that police officers can spend more time in the field investigating crimes.

    Last year Waylon decided he wanted to “beef up” his academic credentials, be exposed to the latest ideas in e-commerce technologies, and gain an internationally-recognised master’s degree that offers a passport to working overseas.

    “I thought about doing an MBA, but I really wanted a programme focused on how business and IT relate to each other, and the MECom really fits the bill in that respect. I also liked the fact that the Professional stream was taught completely online, because most professionals can’t quit their jobs for an entire year.”

    Waylon says his favourite paper was ‘MCOM502 - Managing Virtual Teams’, as it helped him understand how to communicate better with members of his own development team at Hexagon; some of whom are based in India and the United States.

    For the professional field internship paper, MSYS519, Waylon spent 10 weeks working on a variety of small research projects for Contact Energy, his former employer.

    “The internship is really designed to kick-start your career in e-commerce and help solidify your knowledge base, which is great for people who are new to this field.”

    “If you’re already working in e-commerce, it gives you permission to research a topic in-depth that you’ve been thinking about for some time, because you have to write a 10,000 word report at the end of it.”

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