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Qualification Title Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary)
Qualification Type Postgraduate Diploma
Level 8
Credits 120
Subject Area
  • Education » Teacher Education » Teacher Education: Secondary (Pre-Service)
Strategic Purpose Statement
The purpose of the Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary) is to support the New Zealand secondary school system by providing graduates who are job-ready on the first day of their teaching careers and able to teach students from Years 9 to 13 successfully with minimal induction or guidance. The programme will also ensure that graduates are able to operate programmes of learning support, which will assist graduates to support the learning aspirations of families within communities that may have lower learning outcomes - including Māori and Pasifika. The target group for this qualification includes those people who have already completed a degree that includes relevant and broad advanced study in a subject that is taught in the New Zealand secondary schools. Applicants must also be committed to teaching in New Zealand schools.
Graduate profile
Graduates of the Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary) will hold attitudes that would see them:
* Exercise responsibility to cause learning
* Problem-solve to ensure learning occurs for all learners
* Act in the knowledge that all learners can learn
* Act respectfully towards all learners
* Act respectfully towards all cultures
* Act respectfully towards parents
* Act respectfully towards colleagues.
Graduates of the Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary) will be able to:
1. Qualify for registration as a teacher in New Zealand, and practise professionally and ethically as a
teacher in the New Zealand school system
2. Establish and manage safe and supportive learning environments in which school students are
affirmed as learners
3. Manage the behaviour of school students, when necessary
4. Identify school students' learning needs
5. Plan learning activities that are based on identified learning needs
6. Demonstrate knowledge of Te Mātaiaho content necessary for teaching school students from Years
9 to 13
7. Demonstrate knowledge of specialist curriculum subjects as taught in secondary schools
8. Demonstrate knowledge of how school students learn
9. Lead learning activities based on lesson plans
10. Establish opportunities, when appropriate, for school students to have agency over their learning
11. Identify learning caused through learning activities
12. Incorporate tikanga Māori and te reo Māori into their professional work
13. Reflect on their professional practice and engage in appropriate professional learning
14. Operate as a supportive member of teaching teams
15. Critique education literature to identify the truth in teaching.

Furthermore, graduates of the Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary) will hold these attitudes,
demonstrate these skills and demonstrate the stated knowledge in diverse settings of the New Zealand
school system involving children from Years 1 to 8, and children from across New Zealand's socio-economic
spectrum.
Education pathways
Graduates will be ab le to apply for further postgraduate programmes of study.
Entry Requirements
Applicants to the Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary) must have qualified for the award of a Bachelor's degree at Level 7 on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework, or a recognised equivalent degree programme, and, through the advanced levels of their degree, show that they have a depth and breadth of knowledge allowing them lead learning in their chosen subject (or
subjects) at all levels in New Zealand secondary schools.
Education Organisation New Zealand Graduate School of Education Limited
Developed By New Zealand Graduate School of Education Limited
Quality Assured By New Zealand Qualifications Authority
Number 4565
Status Current
Created June 2023
Next Review December 2024
Content
Toki Whakaako: Basic Teaching Skills; Curriculum and Practices in Secondary Schools; Literacy and Numeracy for Secondary Schools; Whao Whakaako: Advanced Teaching Skills; Context of New Zealand Schools' Truth in Teaching; Methods for Causing Learning; Learning Support.

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