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Graduate Diploma of Learning and Teaching


Be a leader in 21st century education

This Graduate Diploma of Learning and Teaching reflects the dynamic, complex and responsive nature of learning and teaching and fosters connectedness, courage, curiosity and creativity.

  • Level

  • Graduate, NZQF Level 7
  • Credits

  • 150
  • Duration

  • 1 year(s) full-time. Available part-time.
  • Other

  • Selected entry programme.

Note: This programme is covered by the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Amendment Order 2021. Students are required to provide details of their vaccination status on enrolment.

Be part of an innovative programme

The Graduate Diploma of Learning and Teaching embodies a new vision for the future of teacher education.  You’ll gain from robust, specialised curriculum and teaching knowledge, that is critical for graduates preparing to enter different types of teaching environments. The programme also represents Massey University’s commitment to becoming a Tiriti-led university.

Learn from the best

You’ll work with nationally and internationally esteemed practitioners and researchers. You can expect a teaching and learning environment that will enable you to learn how to contribute positively towards your students and to society.

Study in a highly supportive environment

The programme includes regular contact with the teaching team and mentors. You’ll be supported in your professional and personal journey to becoming a teacher in Aotearoa. You’ll be learning with and alongside a great group of peers in a collaborative learning environment that recognises your and your classmates’ individual strengths. 

Gain professional experience

In addition to regular coursework (face to face and/or distance) you will spend 16 weeks in specialisation-relevant education settings. This is where you’ll develop and refine your professional skills alongside our supportive associate teachers and mentors. You’ll have an opportunity to engage with tamariki, educators and whānau in a professional setting where you’ll be able take on increasing elements of the teaching role in preparation for your entry to the profession.


Majors, subjects or endorsements

Careers and further study


Become a registered and certificated teacher

Graduates of the Graduate Diploma of Learning and Teaching will be eligible to apply for teacher registration and provisional certification with the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand. As a provisionally certificated teacher, you’ll be qualified to teach in one of the following settings: New Zealand kindergartens and early childhood; primary; or secondary schools.

Join our successful graduates

Massey University prides itself on the success rate of its graduates in winning jobs as teachers at the conclusion of their initial teacher education programme.

Other opportunities

A career in teaching can open many other doors in education. It is great starting point.

Further study

Massey offers a range of further exciting study options in education, such as specialist teaching, educational leadership, counselling and psychology.


International students

New Zealand is a great place to study. Massey University’s reputation is supported by our international rankings, accreditations and associations. We are rated five star plus by the QS World University Rankings.

Massey University has small class sizes, and our lecturers and staff are friendly and approachable.

As an international student, there are entry requirements that will apply to you. We recommend that you apply at least three months before your anticipated start date so your application can be processed in time. There are additional steps you will need to take. These include obtaining a visa and travel bookings if your study is to be in New Zealand.

Entry requirements

University admission

All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.

Programme admission


Important note

The Graduate Diploma of Learning and Teaching includes 16 weeks of practicum placements in schools and/or early childhood settings. In line with the Government’s announcement that all teachers and education workers – including student teachers on practicum – must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by 1 January 2022, acceptance into the Graduate Diploma of Learning and Teaching in 2022 is now conditional on being fully vacccinated for COVID-19. If selected into the programme, you will be asked to provide Massey University with evidence of your vaccination status before the programme starts and to give consent for this information to be shared with practicum settings. Details of the evidence required and how this will be managed will be provided on selection into the programme.

Entry requirements

This programme is a selected entry programme. This means there are a number of extra requirements you must meet.

To enter the Graduate Diploma of Learning and Teaching programme you will have:

  • been awarded or qualified for a bachelor's degree of at least 360 credits, or equivalent
  • demonstrated competence in literacy and numeracy as set down by the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand
  • achieved an Academic IELTS score of at least 7.0 with no band less than 7.0 or approved equivalent within the preceding two years, unless you hold New Zealand University Entrance Level 2 literacy credits or higher, or Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand recognised equivalent qualification(s) and/or schooling
  • met the requirements for registration as set down by the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand, in terms of values, disposition and fitness to teach
  • for the secondary endorsement - completed a body of study at New Zealand Qualifications Framework Levels 5 to 7 and/or higher in at least one subject that is relevant for teaching a particular Secondary School subject.

You will need to provide the following documents: 

  • verified copies of all academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey University
  • a copy of your current curriculum vitae
  • a supporting statement
  • a consent to disclosure of information for a New Zealand Police check.  Please provide two pieces of verified identification (one of which must be photographic). See more details below about safety checks
  • a copy of a police report from every overseas country you have lived in for more than 12 months in the last 10 years. Please do not supply originals as these will need to be supplied to the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand at a later date
  • a health and disability declaration
  • evidence of English language competency as outlined by the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand, which may include an Academic IELTS test or recognised equivalent - if English is not your first language (see requirements below)
  • an NZQA International Qualifications Assessment - if you have an overseas qualification
  • contact details of two referees - one character referee and one professional referee.

If the selection committee feel you potentially meet the values, disposition and fitness to teach criteria, you may be invited to an interview. This is the second part of the selection process.

Application closing date

Applications for this programme close 29 November, for study the following year. Late applications will only be accepted in exceptional circumstances and at the discretion of the specialisation coordinator.

All documentation needs to be provided prior to the closing date for applications.

There is only one intake at the start of each year, but applications are open throughout the year for future intakes.

Other requirements

About referees

Referees need to be able to provide informed responses on your personal suitability for the programme. A referee should be someone who has known you for one year or more in the capacity of employer, educator, work colleague or person of community standing, ie kaumatua, Minister or similar. Your referee should not be a friend, flatmate, relative or someone who has not known you for at least a year. The information your referee supplies is confidential to those involved in the selection process.

Curriculum vitae

Please provide a full CV including details for at least the last five years and include brief details on recent formal and/or informal experiences and/or involvement in the following areas: experience with children/young adults; proficiency in languages; community activities; school activities; sport, music, drama, art, travel, teaching/coaching and outdoor education. Please also include experiences in bi-cultural, multi-cultural and diverse contexts and settings.

Supporting statement

Please supply a statement outlining why you wish to pursue a teaching qualification in your selected endorsement. Tell us about the strengths and dispositions that you would bring to this teaching qualification. For Secondary endorsement applicants, please indicate your preferred teaching subjects and the qualification/experience you bring in these domains.

Safety checks and disclosure of criminal convictions

You will be required to undergo a number of safety checks. This includes police vetting (including confirmation of identity) and further checks required under the Vulnerable Children Act 2014, Vulnerable Children Regulations 2015 and the Children’s Action Plan. You will be required to permit Massey University to ask the New Zealand Police to disclose any information held on the Police record system.

Health and disability declaration

Please indicate if you have any short or long-term disability (including learning disability), impairment, injury or physical/mental health condition. If you disclose any disability, health or personal information as part of your application, this will be discussed with you at interview and considered in accordance with Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand requirements. The information supplied is confidential to the University staff processing your application.

English language competency requirement

Evidence of English language competency, as outlined by the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand, is required for all applicants. In most cases, your academic background and schooling will provide this evidence.

If English, or Te Reo Māori, is not your first language, you may need to provide further evidence of competency. This may include provision of a verified copy of Academic IELTS test results, undertaken within the preceding two years, with a score of at least 7.0 or higher in all components; or the verified results of an approved equivalent English language qualification. Find out more on the TCANZ site:

Qualifications from overseas

If you have qualifications obtained overseas you must get these assessed by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) to determine comparability with New Zealand qualifications. This NZQA International Qualifications Assessment must be provided at the time of applying for this programme. NZQA Assessments older than three (3) years at the time of applying may not be accepted. If this applies to you, please contact NZQA, Qualification Review Service requesting a review of the original assessment notes. They will inform you if you need to re-apply to NZQA. NZQA accreditation can take up to 35 working days.

About the selection process

The Graduate Diploma of Learning and Teaching at Massey University requires students to be selected into the programme. Selection and the subsequent offer of a place, is determined by the information submitted in the application process and the interview process.

The first part of the selection process involves assessment of application documents by academic staff within the Institute of Education.

If you meet the initial entry requirements, you will be invited to meet with a selection panel. This is the second part of the selection process. Conversations with the panel are held face-to-face or via video conference. You will be advised of the date and time of this meeting along with other important information. You are welcome to have whānau or support people present if you choose.

The selection process focuses on the following criteria as outlined in The Code of Professional Responsibility in Our Code Our Standards:

  • Commitment to the Teaching Profession
  • Commitment to Learners
  • Commitment to Families and Whānau
  • Commitment to Society

Before meeting with the selection panel you will be sent details of a number of preparatory tasks. These will include the submission of a piece of writing in response to a given education-related scenario and a short numeracy test. You will also be provided with suggestions of documents to engage with (such as the New Zealand Curriculum, Te Whāriki, Our Code Our Standards) and encouraged, where possible, to visit a school or centre in your chosen endorsement to observe teaching and learning.

If the selection panel is satisfied that you demonstrate readiness to undertake the Graduate Diploma of Learning and Teaching programme and you meet the entry and admission criteria into the University you will be sent an Offer of Place.

Once you have accepted your Offer of Place you can apply for courses. When your application for enrolment in your courses is approved, you will receive an Offer of Enrolment notification that you will need to accept. The Offer of Enrolment will contain information about fees and may have conditions on it. Once you accept your Offer of Enrolment you will be enrolled and will receive a Confirmation of Enrolment notification if you have no outstanding conditions i.e. pending completion of your degree.

If you are not offered a place in the programme, you may like to contact us through the Enquire button on this page to discuss other qualifications.

Prior learning, credit and exemptions

Unfortunately no credit can be granted towards the Graduate Diploma of Teaching and Learning due to the specialised nature of this qualification.

If you do not have the entry requirements

English language and foundation courses

If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, we have courses and qualifications that may help.

Summer School

If you need to do a course before you start your programme, there may be options for you in Summer School.

Courses and planning

Credit summary

150 credits

  • Core courses – 30 credits
  • Specialisation courses – 120 credits

A specialisation is compulsory.

Courses for this programme

Core courses

30 credits
263400 Learning and Teaching 1 15
263401 Learning and Teaching 2 15


Please refer to individual specialisation page for a list of courses for your specialisation.

Majors and minors

Planning your programme

Planning overview

Blended learning

Blended learning is a hallmark of this qualification. Course work is grounded in demonstration and application of teaching performance. Problem-solving approaches to learning are emphasised.

Distance learning

If you choose the distance learning option, we require you to be in New Zealand for the duration of the programme. The programme and practicum placements within it are relevant to the New Zealand curriculum and hence must be done within New Zealand in accordance with Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand requirements. Also, as practical and theoretical courses are intertwined you cannot do the theory/pedagogy courses first and then return to do the practical courses at a later date.

Distance students are required to attend compulsory contact workshops.

Contact workshops

All students (full-time and part-time, distance and on-campus) are required to attend six days of compulsory contact workshops on either Manawatū or Albany campus. 

You also be will be required to attend four additional days of online workshops during the year. Dates for these will be confirmed at the outset of the programme.

Professional practice

The two professional practice courses include a total of 16 weeks of professional experience in education settings. You will complete two seven-week blocks of practicum in different education settings as well as ten days of targeted professional experience to support individual professional growth.

Where possible, you will undertake practica in your local area/community, however you may be required to travel up to one hour for practicum placements. Please note that depending on the availability of placements in particular subject specialisms, students in the secondary endorsement may be required to undertake practica outside of their local region.

Organising travel for practicum placements is your responsibility.

Programme start/end dates 2021

This is an intensive programme that runs across an extended academic year. Semester dates and breaks in this programme do not always align with other Massey programmes, or with school holidays.

  • Semester 1: Start 25 January 2021 – Ends 9 July 2021
  • Semester 2: Start 26 July 2021 - Ends 26 November 2021

Semester break dates 2021

  • Semester One Break: Monday 19 April – Friday 30 April
  • Midyear Break (between semesters): Monday 12 July  – Friday 23 July
  • Semester 2 Break: Monday 4 October – Friday 8 October (one week only)

Contact workshop dates 2021

All students (full-time and part-time, distance and on-campus): Monday 15 - Saturday 20 February

Practicum dates for specialisations

For practicum dates and other information relating to the Early Childhood Education, Primary and Secondary specialisations see the programme page for those specialisations.

Fees and scholarships

Fees and finance

Fees, student loans and free fees scheme

Your tuition fees may be different depending on the courses you choose. Your exact fees will show once you have chosen your courses.

There will also be some compulsory non-tuition fees and for some courses, there may also be charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

Already know which courses you're going to choose?

You can view fees for the courses that make up your qualification on the course details pages.

Student loans (StudyLink) and Fees Free scheme

You may be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.

The New Zealand Government offers fees-free tertiary study for eligible domestic students. Find out more about the scheme and your eligibility on the Fees Free website. To use the site's eligibility checking tool, you will need your National Student Number.

Current and returning Massey students can find their National Student Number in the student portal.

A good fit if you:

  • already have a bachelor’s qualification
  • want to be a high-quality and effective teacher
  • value the diversity of heritage, language, identity and culture of all learners, families and whānau.

Key information for students

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Review this important information before you apply for this programme. This gives you full details of the rules and regulations about what you need to study and what you must achieve in order to graduate with this qualification. That includes structure, courses and requirements. These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the below.

Undergraduate programmes

General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates.

Regulations for this programme

Applying and enrolling

Applying for the programme

Check you are ready

If you are ready to apply, have a look at our application checklist. It will help you get prepared with what you need. Please also check the entry requirements carefully before you apply.

Choose your programme and click on Apply now

You will apply for the programme using the Apply now button on this page. You’ll also choose your specialisation (major, subject or endorsement) if applicable.

Some programmes have additional requirements such as the submission of a portfolio or CV. Click on Apply now and you will be able to submit those documents as part of the application process.

Receive and accept an Admission Offer of Place

You will receive an Admission Offer of Place when you have been accepted into the programme. You need to accept this before you can enrol in your courses. International students also need to pay their fees at this point.

Enrolling in courses

You’ll then get access to your own student homepage (also known as the student portal). This is where you can enrol in courses. Any updates on your application or enrolments will also be on your student homepage. Make sure you check this regularly.

When you choose courses, ensure you check for any requirements that apply including:

  • prerequisites (courses you have to do before the one you are enrolling in)
  • corequisites (courses you have to do at the same time as the one you are enrolling in)
  • restrictions (courses that you cannot enrol in if you are completing or have completed another identified similar course)
  • location – for instance some distance-based courses still have an on-campus element, so double check that the way the course is taught is suitable for your situation.

Each of our courses has its own webpage where you can find this information. You can use our course search to find course pages.

More information on courses is in the ‘Courses for this programme’ section on this page.

You can find information on application due dates and semester dates on the key dates page.

We look forward to welcoming you to Massey!

If you have any questions, contact us through the Enquire button on this page.

What are courses and credits?

What are courses and credits?

Each Massey programme is made up of courses (in some tertiary institutions they are called ‘papers’).

You will have some compulsory courses and some you can choose from.

Each course is worth a certain amount of credits (often 15 credits, but this does vary). You must gain a set number of credits to be able to graduate from this programme.

There may also be some rules about which courses you need to pass to progress to the next year, or stage, of your study (known as progression). There are also courses you must pass to graduate with a specialisation.

  • See the ‘Courses for this programme’ section for the list of courses.
  • Courses search

Understanding course numbers

The first three digits of our course numbers show you which subject the course is about.

The second three digits show you the level and course ID number. For instance:

  • sub-degree courses are '0' (i.e. xxx.0xx)
  • undergraduate study begins at 100-level, (i.e. xxx.1xx)
  • as you progress through 200- and 300-level courses this number changes to 2 and 3 respectively. The higher the number that starts the second three digits, the higher the level of study
1 6 2 . 3   0 1
Subject area   Level   Course ID number

Workload and time management

Use this tool to help determine how much time you will need each week to complete your studies.

Estimate workload

Returning students

For returning students, there may be changes to the majors and minors available and the courses you need to take. Go to the section called ‘Transitional Provisions’ in the Regulations to find out more.

In some cases the programme or specialisation you enrolled in may no longer be taking new enrolments, so may not appear on these web pages. To find information on the regulations for these programmes go to the Massey University Calendar.

Please contact us through the Enquire button on this page if you have any questions.

Scholarships and awards

There are a number of scholarships available for new and current students. They could relate to your situation, achievement or interest.

Find and apply for scholarships