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Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching (PGDipTchg)

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The Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching (PGDipTchg) is an Internet-based programme designed for graduates who may or may not be registered to teach in a New Zealand primary or secondary school. It is not a teaching qualification, but is designed for people who already have teaching experience. The admission requirement is a completed Bachelor's degree in any subject(s) appropriate to teaching, an equivalent qualification, or professional and scholarly experience satisfactory to the College of Education. A candidate can choose one of three areas of concentration (endorsements): Teacher Education, Information and Communication Technology, and Religious Education.

Graduates are employed as educational administrators, lecturers in Colleges of Education and Universities, or teachers in primary, intermediate and secondary schools.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching (PGDipTchg) is also available through Distance Learning.

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Contact Details

University of Otago College of Education Postgraduate team
Freephone 0800 TO TEACH (0800 86 83224)
Tel 64 3 479 4914

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Subject Area

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Schedule of Endorsement Requirements

Endorsed Option Papers Required
Information and Communication Technology
  • EDUC 423  Technology-enhanced Learning

  • EDUC 441  Researching Personal Teaching Practice

  • Two further 400-level Information and Communication Technology papers offered by the College of Education

  • Two further approved 400-level papers in Arts subjects

Religious Education and Teacher Education

No new enrolments will be accepted for these endorsements. Returning or recommencing students wishing to complete either of the endorsements should normally do so under the regulations published in the Calendar for 2014 and should consult the College of Education for advice on the papers they should take.

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Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching (PGDipTchg)

  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 shall
      1. have a bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University, or be able to demonstrate extensive practical, professional or scholarly experience to the satisfaction of the Dean of the College of Education;
      2. be registered to teach in New Zealand primary and/or secondary schools, or have an equivalent teaching qualification acceptable to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Humanities);
      3. have experience of or be currently working in a relevant field of education;
      4. present evidence of ability for advanced level academic study.

  2. Structure of the Programme

    1. The programme of study shall comprise approved papers at 400-level worth a total of 120 points, including EDUC 440 Critical Analysis of Teaching (20 points) or EDUC 423 Technology-enhanced Learning (20 points), and EDUC 441 Researching Personal Teaching Practice (20 points).
    2. If the diploma is to be endorsed, the programme of study must be as specified in the schedule of endorsed options.
    3. With prior approval, postgraduate papers worth up to the equivalent of 40 points may be credited from another department or from another university or tertiary institution.
    4. The papers shall constitute a coherent and integrated programme of study with a specific educational focus.
    5. A candidate who has completed the requirements for the Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching shall be exempted from those papers in the programme for the diploma which have been previously passed for the certificate.

  3. Duration of the Programme

    1. A candidate for the diploma shall normally follow a programme of study for not less than one year of full-time study or the equivalent in part-time study.
    2. A full-time candidate shall complete the requirements for the diploma within two years of admission to the programme and a part-time candidate shall complete the requirements within six years.

  4. Level of Award of the Diploma

    The diploma may be awarded with distinction or with credit.

  5. Variations

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

    Note: No new enrolments will be accepted for the Religious Education or Teacher Education endorsements for this programme.

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