As a graduate of this qualification, you will be able to:
- analyse and employ effective learning and teaching strategies using applied, authentic and learner-centred practices informed by relevant educational theories and research
- design and deliver inclusive curriculum to address the diverse needs of learners within the cultural context in which graduates will be practicing*
- construct and implement effective assessment practices for assessing learner progress and achievement in a range of contexts
- employ reflective processes to improve practice and maintain professional currency and capability
- evaluate and respond to relevant trends within the tertiary education context - locally, nationally and internationally.
*For the New Zealand context, learners are expected to honour Te Tiriti o Waitangi by integrating its principles into their teaching practice.
- Open to degree graduates. However, those who can demonstrate equivalent practical, professional or educational experience of an appropriate kind may be granted admission.
- Experienced tertiary educators (minimum of ten years) may wish to study via the Independent Learning Pathway (ILP) pathway offered by Capable NZ. An experienced facilitator will guide you to develop a portfolio of evidence that meets the Graduate Profile outcomes. Click here to visit the Capable NZ website.
- If English is not your first language, you must provide:
- New Zealand University Entrance OR
- Overall Academic IELTS 6.0 with no individual band score lower than 5.5 (achieved in one test completed in the last two years), OR
- Acceptable alternative evidence of the required IELTS (see here for NZQA proficiency table and here for list of recognised proficiency tests).
If you need to improve your English Language skills, we offer a wide range of English programmes.
For non-New Zealand residents, some courses can be studied through the Open Education Resource universitas (OERu).
The OERu is an international network of innovative, higher education institutions inspired by the vision of opening access to a credible, high-quality and affordable education to learners acround the world.
This is a self-study model and in some courses limited facilitation may be provided. Individuals work through the course content at their own pace. All assessments are provided by approved assessors.
To find out about courses relevant to the Graduate Diploma in Tertiary Education (Level 7), go to the OERu website and fill in the contact form.
You must supply certified copies of proof of identity, academic records, proof of residency (where appropriate) and a curriculum vitae.
Applicants who meet the entry requirements will be accepted.
How you will study
The Graduate Diploma in Tertiary Education (Level 7) is a 120 credit programme.
Eight, 15-credit courses will be studied, either over one year (full-time) or two years (part-time). During your studies, you can take part in blended learning (on campus and online) or distance learning (online). Regular tutorials are offered both on campus and using web conferencing, and you can choose whatever suits at the time. On advice from the Programme Leader, you may study with a cohort of other learners, starting at scheduled times throughout the programme, or start at any time and work at your own pace with a facilitator.
This 120-credit programme is equal to 1,200 hours of study (approximately) over one year full-time or 600 hours per year over two years. This equates to approximately 35.5 hours per week for the full-time option and approximately 17.75 hours per week for the part-time option.
If studying at your own pace by distance, you will need to decide on your own timeline with a facilitator so you can complete within the required timeframe.
Further study options
Progress into the Master of Professional Practice delivered by Capable NZ to advance your skills and employment potential.
Student loans and allowances
Please contact Studylink to determine your eligibility for student loans and allowances. Phone 0800 88 99 00 or visit the Studylink website.
While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative ONLY. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.