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Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Secondary)

Key facts

  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • One intake at the start of each year
  • 1 year of full-time study or 2 years of part-time study

Be a leader in 21st century education

With Massey’s Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Secondary) you’ll be prepared to lead the way in shaping our future nation.

What is it like?

Find out more about entry requirements, fees and courses in the planning section.

Massey is ranked in the world’s top 150 universities for education in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) ranking.

Secondary teaching is a challenging and satisfying career choice for those who enjoy being involved with young people in activities that extend their skills and talents. New Zealand needs highly qualified secondary school teachers to support its youth. Graduates bring the required skills, knowledge and attitudes to the nation's secondary school students.

The Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Secondary) is available by distance (online) learning so you can study wherever you are.

Renowned in New Zealand and abroad

This internationally portable qualification is ranked in the top 100 among universities worldwide, has a 90% rate of teacher registration, and a national reputation for innovative teaching from our breadth of leading specialist lecturers. Its reputation means you will be in demand for teaching positions both in New Zealand and overseas upon graduating.

Gain skills relevant to the future of education

Our combined offering of extensive placement in partner schools, and large faculty of practitioner-based teaching staff, mean you will gain significant real-world teaching and learning experiences and graduate with the skills and knowledge to create your own innovative teaching environments. You will develop creative and innovative solutions to contemporary education problems.

A good fit if you:

  • Are good with people and communicating
  • Want to shape the lives of New Zealand’s youth
  • Are passionate about teaching and learning


On completion of the Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Secondary), graduates are eligible to apply for certification with the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand as provisionally certificated teachers. As a provisionally certificated teacher, you will be qualified to teach in secondary schools throughout New Zealand.

Massey University Institute of Education prides itself on the high regard in which graduates of this diploma are held within the secondary education system.

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