GradDipTchg Graduate Diploma in Teaching

University of Waikato

Back to Courses

Program Overview

If you’re due to complete your undergraduate degree or you’re seeking a career change and already have a degree, study a Graduate Diploma in Teaching and become a qualified teacher in only one year.

Teachers are influential community members, making a difference to young people and their learning, knowledge and skill acquisition. They play a major role in helping their students develop their independence and success in their lives.

As a graduate of this programme, you will be among the best-prepared teaching graduates and highly regarded by education employers, within New Zealand and overseas. With separate courses for Early Childhood, Primary and Secondary teaching, the Graduate Diploma in Teaching combines Professional Education papers with placements in schools or ECE Centres.

Spend 80 days in total in two different schools or early childhood centres putting your new skills to practice.


Hamilton NZNew Zealand

  Course Duration

12 Months

  Tuition Fee

NZ$ 39,105


IELTS: 6.5 TOEFL: 90

Book your study abroad counselling today !
By submitting you agree to our Terms and Privacy Policy.

Do you have experience in the Trades and are interested in becoming a technology secondary teacher? There is currently a shortage for teachers within technology education.  We can recognise your work experience in the trades and apply that as entry into the Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary) via a two-year pathway with the Diploma in Education (Dip(Ed)).

The Dip(Ed) is a one-year, full time qualification and consists of 120 points, including 75 points at 200 level or above, taken from the existing prescriptions for Arts Education, Education, Education and Society, and/or Science Technology and Environmental Education. Entry to the Dip(Ed) is upon completion of a successful interview and selection process.

After your successful completion of the Dip(Ed) you will have entry to the Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary) which will fulfil the selection criteria for teaching. 


A graduate diploma is for graduates who do not have a substantial background in a particular subject in their undergraduate degree. A graduate diploma allows students to prepare for postgraduate study in that subject or to add a specialisation that is different from their major. This course comprises undergraduate papers.

The most common entry into the GradDip is to have a bachelors degree from the University of Waikato, or a qualification considered by the Academic Board to be equivalent.

Teacher Education applications open from 1 July every year. Please apply early as all applicants are subject to an interview and selection process. Selection of applicants is based on academic background, communication skills, personal qualities, background experiences, and a literacy and numeracy assessment. As well as meeting the selection criteria, you will need to meet the admission requirements for the University.

To be eligible to gain entry into this programme, candidates must hold a Bachelors Degree at level 7 on the NZ Qualifications Framework or a recognised equivalent.

If you are applying to study the Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary), in addition to the qualification requirements, candidates seeking to enter a secondary programme must have sufficient depth and breadth of a relevant subject or curriculum knowledge from Levels 5 to 7, or higher, in their entry qualification that is relevant for teaching a particular secondary school subject. When you apply for the programme you will need to submit your degree transcript(s). The programme leader/coordinator will discuss and advise the appropriate programme once you reach the interview stage.

English language entry requirements

To provide flexibility to students during COVID-19 who are affected by the closure of testing centres, the University of Waikato will accept the following alternative tests for all 2021 and 2022 intakes. Please note this policy is subject to review.

  • IELTS Indicator (this is an online version of the regular IELTS test)

  • TOEFL iBT Home (Plus) (this is an online version of the regular TOEFL test)

  • Duolingo English Test (DET) with the following scores:

    • DET score of 90 for pre-degree programmes (IELTS 5.5 equivalent)

    • DET score of 100 for undergraduate programmes (excluding those listed below)

    • DET score of 110 for postgraduate programmes (excluding doctoral programmes)

The University of Waikato will accept Duolingo (DET) as an alternative means of meeting the English language entry requirements for the majority of its programmes (excluding all Initial Teacher Education (ITE) programmes, BSW and LLB) while test centres remain closed and until further notice.

Students who are accepted into their programme using any of the three language tests named above will be issued an unconditional offer, but will be required to undertake a supplementary online language assessment. For doctoral students using DET to gain admission, you will be required to undertake a supplementary assessment prior to an offer being issued.

The University teaches in the medium of English and requires all students to demonstrate proficiency in written and spoken English.

The University’s English language entry requirements are set out below. If you do not meet the English language entry requirements you can enrol in an English Language programme with our University of Waikato College.

If English was the language of instruction in the last two years of secondary/tertiary studies, an English language waiver may be considered. Students need to provide evidence of this at the time of application.

English language test

Undergraduate (all courses except those listed below)


6.0 overall (no band less than 5.5)

iBT (internet-based) TOEFL

80 with a score of 21 in writing

iBT (home-based) TOEFL

80 with a score of 21 in writing

C1 Advanced (formally known as Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE))

169 and no bands below 162

C2 Proficiency (formally known as Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE))

169 and no bands below 162

Language Cert International ESOL (LRWS)

C1 Expert with an overall pass and no less than pass in each skill

NCUK English for Academic Purposes

Minimum of a C grade overall and no less than D grade in each component. Some programmes have additional entry requirements. For further details, visit our dedicated NCUK information page.

New Zealand Certificate in English Language (NZCEL)

Level 4 (Academic)

Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB)

Minimum score of 80

Pearson PTE Academic

50 with no PTE communicative skills below 42

Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English (ISE)

II with distinction in all four components

University of Waikato College

Successful completion of Level 7 with a B grade average in the Certificate of Attainment in Academic English (CAAE) programme

English language test


  • Bachelor   of Teaching

  • Bachelor   of Education

  • Graduate   Diploma in Teaching

Bachelor of Laws (LLB)

Bachelor of Social Work


7.0 overall (no band less than 7.0)

6.5 overall (no less than 6.0 in any band)

6.5 overall (no band less than 6.5)

iBT (internet-based) TOEFL


90 with a score of 21 in writing

85 with a score of 22 in writing

Pearson PTE Academic


58 with no PTE communicative skills below 50


University of Waikato College


Successful completion of Level 8 with a B grade average in the Certificate of Attainment in Academic English (CAAE) programme


Estimated Fees* (International):    $39,105 per year

Book your study abroad counselling today !
By submitting you agree to our Terms and Privacy Policy.