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Graduate Diploma in Teaching (GradDipTchg)

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No new enrolments will be accepted into these programmes for 2015.

Overview

The Graduate Diploma in Teaching (GradDipTchg) is an intensive programme designed to equip graduates with the relevant skills to teach in their areas of specialisation and to meet the requirements for initial teacher registration in New Zealand.

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Information for New Applicants

Applications are submitted through the 'Apply Now' button on this page. Applications should be submitted by the last Monday in August; later applications will be considered, but preference is given to those received by this date.

New international students should contact the International Office for advice on admission to their intended programmes.

Applying for study in your chosen programme is part of the process of enrolling for study at the University of Otago. You can view the Enrolment page for more details.

A guide to what is requested as part of the application process

When submitting your application you will need to provide information related to your personal details, contact information and educational background. You will also need to provide additional information specific to your application; which is detailed below.

  • Candidates for whom English is an additional language must have their English language competency tested with the IELTS assessment tool. Candidates must achieve a 7 or higher across all 4 academic bands for undergraduate teacher education programmes, or 7.5 for graduate teacher education programmes; we require a witnessed copy, which you will then scan and upload to your application.
  • Academic qualifications e.g. university/polytechnic transcript, NCEA, scholarship information or other school leaving qualifications; we require a witnessed copy, which you will then scan and upload to your application.
  • If you have a medical condition you will be required to provide a medical certificate from your Doctor / Specialist regarding your ability to complete a programme at the College of Education. Scan and upload to your application.
  • A Consent to Disclosure form can be downloaded from the application screens. Fill in the fields and sign, then scan and upload to your application.
  • Recent experiences and involvement relevant to a career in teaching; type this out on one page of an A4 sheet and upload to your application.
  • Employment record. Please bullet point the place worked, the position you held and the start and finish dates. Type this directly in to the relevant section of your application.
  • A personal statement telling us who you are as a person, why you wish to enter the programme(s) you are applying for and your strengths. We expect about one page of an A4 sheet. This is to be handwritten; then scanned and uploaded to your application.
  • Confidential referee reports: School leavers please provide one School Leavers Report and one Referee Report. All other applicants please provide two Referee Reports.

    The report templates can be downloaded below, or during the online application process. Fill out the required sections and send to your referees to return directly to us (A freepost address is provided on the form). Your application is not complete until we have received the reports from your referees.

School leavers report
Referee report

Once your application has been submitted

If you are shortlisted you will be contacted to arrange an interview. If your application has not been successful you will be notified of this via your e:Vision student portal.

If your interview is successful you will be offered a place in the programme via your e:Vision student portal. This may be a conditional offer if there are prerequisites still to be completed, such as NCEA or completion of a Bachelor’s Degree. If you are not successful after the interview you will be notified of this.

If you receive an offer of study you must accept or decline this offer and ensure that you have completed the selection of your papers.

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Contact Details

College of Education

Tel 0800 TO TEACH (0800 83224)
Email education@otago.ac.nz

For assistance with submitting your application online, contact the University Information Centre.

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Programme Options

Programme Requirements

Graduate Diploma in Teaching (GradDipTchg) in Early Childhood Education

Note: No new enrolments will be accepted into this programme for 2015.

Subject AreaPapersPoints
Education Studies

EDUC 340 Theoretical Principles for Teaching and Learning

EDUC 341 Teaching in Context: Culturally Relevant Teaching in Aotearoa

18

18

Professional Experience

EDPE 300 The Teacher in Action

EDPE 301 The Teacher as a Reflexive Practitioner

18

18

Curriculum Studies

EDCE 300 Curriculum in Action

EDCE 301 Ethics of Care and Curriculum for People Under Three

EDCE 302 International Perspectives

EDCE 303 Early Childhood: A Context for Learning

18

18

18

18

Subject StudyMAOR 110 Introduction to Conversational Māori, or equivalent

18

Content Mastery/
Competence Tests

EICT 199 ICT Competency Test

ELIT 199 Literacy Competency Test

EMAT 199 Mathematics Content Mastery Test

  0

  0

  0

Total162

Additional information can be found on the College of Education website at Graduate Diploma in Teaching endorsed in Early Childhood Education

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Graduate Diploma in Teaching (GradDipTchg) in Primary Education

Note: No new enrolments will be accepted into this programme for 2015.

Subject AreaPapersPoints
Education Studies

EDUC 340 Theoretical Principles for Teaching and Learning

EDUC 341 Teaching in Context: Culturally Relevant Teaching in Aotearoa

18

18

Professional Experience

EDPE 300 The Teacher in Action

EDPE 301 The Teacher as a Reflexive Practitioner

18

18

Curriculum Studies

EDCP 320  Literacy and Learning Languages in Aotearoa

EDCP 321  Mathematics and Statistics/Social Sciences

EDCP 322  Science/Health and Physical Education

EDCP 323  The Arts/Technology 

18

18

18

18

Subject Study

MAOR 110 Introduction to Conversational Māori, or equivalent

18

Content Mastery/
Competence Tests

EICT 199  ICT Competency Test

ELIT 199  Literacy Competency Test

EMAT 199  Mathematics Content Mastery Test

  0

  0

  0

Total162

Additional information can be found on the College of Education website at Graduate Diploma in Teaching endorsed in Primary Education.

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Graduate Diploma in Teaching (GradDipTchg) in Secondary Education

Note: No new enrolments will be accepted into this programme for 2015.

Subject AreaPapersPoints
Education Studies

EDUC 340 Theoretical Principles for Teaching and Learning

EDUC 341 Teaching in Context: Culturally Relevant Teaching in Aotearoa

18

18

Professional Experience

EDPE 300 The Teacher in Action

EDPE 301 The Teacher as a Reflexive Practitioner

18

18

Curriculum Studies

EDCS 360 Curriculum Enrichment and Innovation

Curriculum Studies papers selected from:
EDCS 361, EDCS 362, EDCS 363, EDCS 364, EDCS 365, EDCS 366, EDCS 367, EDCS 368, EDCS 369, EDCS 370, EDCS 371, EDCS 372, EDCS 373, EDCS 374, EDCS 375, EDCS 376, EDCS 377, EDCS 378, EDCS 379, EDCS 380, EDCS 381, EDCS 382, EDCS 383, EDCS 384, EDCS 385, EDCS 386, EDCS 387, EDCS 388, EDCS 389

18

36

Content Mastery/
Competence Tests

EICT 199 ICT Competency Test

ELIT 199 Literacy Competency Test

EMAT 199 Mathematics Content Mastery Test

0

0

0

Total126

Additional information can be found on the College of Education website at Graduate Diploma in Teaching endorsed in Secondary Education

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Regulations for the Graduate Diploma in Teaching (GradDipTchg)

  1. Admission to the Programme

    1. Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Humanities).
    2. Every applicant must have:
      1. a bachelor’s degree (at Level 7 or above on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF) consisting of at least 360 points; or
      2. an equivalent overseas qualification; or

        for the Early Childhood Education, Māori-medium (0-8 Years) and Primary Education endorsements:

      3. a bachelor’s degree with honours at Level 8 on the NZQF consisting of at least 480 points; or
      4. a master’s degree at Level 9 on the NZQF consisting of at least 240 points; or

        for the Secondary Education endorsement:

      5. a graduate diploma or a Diploma for Graduates at Level 7 on the NZQF consisting of at least 120 points; or
      6. a bachelor’s degree with honours at Level 8 on the NZQF consisting of at least 480 points; or
      7. a postgraduate diploma at Level 8 on the NZQF consisting of at least 120 points; or
      8. a master’s degree at Level 9 on the NZQF consisting of at least 240 points.
    3. Applicants whose first language is not English or Māori must provide certified results of an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of 7.5 in the academic module (with no individual band below 7.5).

      Notes:
      1. Applicants for the Māori-medium (0-8 years) endorsement must have passed an 18 point Te Reo paper at 200-level, or provide evidence of equivalent competency.
      2. Applicants for the Secondary Education endorsement must have passed appropriate papers (including at least one at 300-level) in one or more teaching subjects for the Secondary School Curriculum.

  2. Structure of the Programme

    Every programme of study must satisfy the requirements for one of the options listed above.

  3. Duration of the Programme

    1. The duration of the programme for students shall normally be one year of full-time study or its equivalent in part-time study.
    2. The programme of study must normally be completed within two years of admission by a full-time candidate or within three years of admission by a part-time candidate.

  4. Prerequisites, Corequisites and Restrictions

    Every programme of study shall satisfy the requirements for prerequisites, corequisites, and restrictions set out in the Prescriptions (published in the Guide to Enrolment).

  5. Exclusion from the Programme

    A candidate may be excluded from further study towards the graduate diploma by the Associate Dean (Teacher Education), College of Education, if the candidate:

    1. fails to make satisfactory academic progress (as defined by the Academic Progress Policy);
    2. fails to pass a professional experience paper (EDPE 300 or EDPE 301) for a second time;
    3. fails a component of the professional experience programme due to unprofessional or unethical behaviour.

  6. Withdrawal from and Readmission to the Programme

    1. A candidate who withdraws from the programme at any time and wishes to be readmitted to the programme at a later date shall be required to apply to the Associate Dean (Teacher Education), College of Education, for readmission.
    2. The period of temporary withdrawal from the programme shall not normally exceed one year following the year of withdrawal.
    3. Applications for readmission should normally be received by the Associate Dean (Teacher Education), College of Education, no later than the specified closing date for the programme.

  7. Variations

    The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Humanities) may in exceptional circumstances approve a course of study which does not comply with these regulations.

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