Graduate Diploma in Tertiary Teaching and Learning Graduate Diploma in Tertiary Teaching and Learning

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Graduate Diploma in Tertiary Teaching & Learning

Graduate DiplomaPart-time up to 6 years

Programme code



Throughout the year





Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

Please enquire


Christchurch - Madras Street Campus, Online

Annual Fees(indictive 2020)


$400 - $720
per course



Course related costs

Advised before enrolment

About this programme

Enhance your tertiary teaching practice and broaden your career opportunities.

Designed for practicing tertiary educators, this programme will enable you to create learning environments that enhance learning and empower learners.

You will gain group facilitation skills, questioning strategies and learn how to use evidence-based principles and practices to design, facilitate, assess and evaluate learning.

You'll develop skills for using an inquiry process for continual improvement in your teaching practice, develop collegiality in your work environment and explore learning theories and models to inform your teaching practice and philosophy. The emphasis is on achieving the best possible synergies between the dual roles of educator and industry professional. Please note: You will need to be working in a tertiary or adult teaching environment with access to students, learning programmes and teaching opportunities.

Career opportunities

This qualification will enable you to work as a tutor, teacher, lecturer in tertiary teaching and learning environments. You will also possess the skills to take on education leadership roles, or course and curriculum design roles.

Study pathways

Following successful completion of this qualification you can undertake further post-graduate study.

Recommended school subjects

Programme structure

To complete this Graduate Diploma you are required to complete 120 credits. Please browse the guide below to view the course options currently available within this qualification.

Core courses
Elective Courses

To be a full time student you need to maintain a workload of 120 credits per year. We recommend you talk with us to ensure you choose electives to benefit your future career.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements
  • A bachelor's degree.

Alternative requirements
  • Still want to study but don't meet the Academic Requirements?

    If you show that you have equivalent skills for tertiary study gained through study, work and/or life experience, you may be able to gain alternative entry.

    Note: The number of courses you have to complete for this qualification may be reduced where you have relevant credits from previous study, or evidence of similar learning or experience in the workplace. Contact Ara for advice.

Additional requirements
  • All participants must be working with learners in a post-secondary environment.

English requirements
  • What if English is not my first Language?

    If English is not your first language, we want to make sure that you will be successful in your chosen programme of study. Please provide a result from a test or qualification on the acceptable alternatives English Proficiency Outcomes Chart .


    • If you are a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident, complete an Admission and Enrolment form and Ara will contact you regarding a free assessment.
    • If you are not a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent resident, book an IELTS, Pearson or other test through the Ara Examination Centre or in your home country.

    IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS test report form and are valid for two years from the date of the test.

    What if I have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance?

    You do not need to provide additional evidence of English Language skills.










Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Next steps

To apply for this programme please complete:

  • an Admission and Enrolment Form

Application documents

Credit recognition

If you have work experience in this area, or a relevant prior qualification, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.