Teacher Education Degree Programs in New Zealand

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    Primary Teacher Education Programs

    Secondary Teacher Education Programs

    Teacher Education Program FAQs


    State-of-the-art facilities and world-class faculty will provide you with an impressive and enjoyable learning environment at universities in New Zealand. You can study any type of education-related programs at these instutions, which will in turn give you insight into how the education systems function in other countries. 

    If you have recently completed or will soon be completing your undergraduate degree in an area other than teaching/education, you can gain a teacher qualification through one of three options:

    • Bachelor of Education (graduate entry) - 1.5-2 years
    • Graduate Diploma of Education - 1 year (equivalent to a teacher certificate program)
    • Masters of Teaching - 1.5 years

     

     

       Apply in 3 easy steps

    1. Search for degrees using our Degree Finder and download the university prospectuses to view the university profiles. 
    2. Complete and submit your application online and we will assist you through the pre-departure process.  

    Send all application materials to:

    ISA
    Degree Programs
    12050 N. Pecos Street,
    Suite 320
    Westminster, CO 80234 

     

    TEACHER EDUCATION DEGREE PROGRAMS - PRIMARY 

    University

    Program

    Duration

    Intake

    Apply Now

    Massey University

    Graduate Diploma of Teaching

    1 year

    Jan/July

     

    University of Auckland

    Graduate Diploma of Education

    1 year

    February

     

    University of Otago

    Graduate Diploma in Teaching

    1 year

    February

    University of Otago

    Master of Teaching and Learning 1 year

    February

    Victoria University of Wellington

    Graduate Diploma in Teaching

    1 year

    January

     

    TEACHER EDUCATION PROGRAMS - SECONDARY AND TEACHABLE SUBJECT AREAS OFFERED

    University

    Program

    Secondary Intake

    Duration

    Teachables

    Apply Now

    AUT University

    Graduate Diploma of Education

    Feb/July

    1 year

     

    Massey University

    Graduate Diploma of Teaching

    February

    1 year

    Social Studies, English, Music, Visual Arts, Health/Physical Education, Math, Science, Technology.

    University of Auckland

    Graduate Diploma of Teaching

    February

    1 year

    The Arts (Art, Art History, Music, Drama), Social Sciences (Accounting, Economics, History, Geography, Social Studies), English/Languages, Math, Science (Biology, Physics, Chemistry), Physical Education/Health, and Technology.

    University of Otago

    Graduate Diploma of Teaching

    Feb/July

    1 year

     

    University of Otago

    Master of Teaching and Learning Feb 1 year  

    Victoria University of Wellington

    Graduate Diploma in Teaching

    February

    1 year

    Maths and Sciences (only those fields that are lacking in NZ and with the expectation that the student would stay in NZ)

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What types of Teacher Education programs are available?
    If you have not yet completed a bachelor's degree, you should apply for the Bachelor of Education, which is usually four years. If you already have a bachelor's degree (in an area other than education), you can choose from the following programs:

    • Graduate Diploma of Education – 1 year

    • Bachelor of Education–Graduate Entry – 1.5 to 2 years

    • Master of Teaching – 1.5 - 2 years

    All programs are available for primary or secondary teaching. Not all programs are available at all universities.

    What is the difference between a one and a two year program?
    The difference is due to different regulations required to become teachers in each state of New Zealand, just as there are different requirements in the provinces of Canada or in the States of the U.S. The different program lengths reflect each state’s requirements for their teachers. We recommend you consider the program that best fits with your Provincial Teacher Registration or State Teacher Registration requirements for ease of transfer back to Canada or the U.S.

    Do the programs include a teacher practicum?
    Yes, all of the Teacher Education programs include lengthy practicum experience ranging from 40 to 100 days depending on the program and may also provide the opportunity for practicums in other countries, including South Africa, Fiji, China, and Malaysia.

    Can I stay in New Zealand and teach after I complete my program?
    Yes, you will be qualified to teach in the state or country in which you have completed your program.

    Will the program transfer back to Canada or the U.S.?
    A teaching qualification from New Zealand will allow you to register as a teacher in Canada or the U.S. To learn more about the registration process, we recommend you contact your Provincial College of Teachers or the Education Board in your state. Canadians, click HERE for links to information about the transferability of programs.

    How much does a Teacher Education program cost?
    Tuition costs range from CAD/USD 13,000 – 22,000, depending on your choice of program. We recommend you allow an additional CAD/USD 15,000 to cover living costs.

    What is the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) Assessment and how will that affect my application?
    With the exception of University of Auckland, for any student considering a teacher education program at a New Zealand university, the NZQA assesses your undergraduate degree to ensure it is of the same standard as a degree in New Zealand. In most cases the assessment can be completed at any time during your teacher education program.