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University of Auckland

Auckland , North Island ,New Zealand

Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Primary)

This program will equip you with the knowledge and skills to support children from Year 1 to Year 8 (typically aged 5-13) in their learning and development. You will get the tools you need to prepare you for 21st-century classrooms where digital learning is key, building strong relationships is vital and diversity is welcomed. You will learn and be taught basic proficiency in te Reo Maori.

Academics who are experts in the field of Education and passionate about supporting the next generation of teachers will deliver a mixture of face-to-face lectures, tutorials and workshops, and online learning. You will learn to teach the eight learning areas of English, The Arts, Health and Physical Education, Mathematics and Statistics, Science, Social Sciences, Technology and Learning, and Languages.

Campus Information

Epsom Campus

The Epsom Campus is the main campus for the Faculty of Education and Social Work and is home to approximately 3500 students.


  • Jan
  • Feb

Application Processing Time in Days: 30

Application Process

10 Days

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

While many graduates go on to teach in primary schools in New Zealand or overseas, the programme will also provide you with a range of transferable skills that can be applied to a range of careers. By already holding a bachelors degree you will be eligible to start on a higher step of the salary scale in services covered by the New Zealand Educational Institute (NZEI) teaching collective agreement for primary school teachers.

Jobs related to this program

  • Curriculum developer
  • Hospital play specialist
  • Human resource adviser
  • Learning designer
  • Policy adviser for the Ministry of Education
  • Primary school teacher
  • Researcher

PSW Opportunity

You can apply for a Post-study Work Visa for up to 3 years.

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

Minimum program requirements

  • An undergraduate degree
  • GPE (Grade Point Equivalent) 2.4