Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary)

The Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary) is a one-year professional graduate diploma (level 7) and prepares graduates to meet the Code and Standards for the Teaching Profession. Such graduates have a robust understanding of secondary teaching and learning, reflection and research as a teacher. The delivery of the degree is site-based with modes: face to face delivery, blended learning, school-based learning and practicum. This qualification will suit people who are excited by the idea of working alongside teenaged students, who show a disposition to teach, and already have a Bachelor’s degree qualification or higher.

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Zero Fees

Laidlaw College Zero Tuition Scholarship

We are delighted to offer a Zero Tuition Fees Scholarship for our Initial Teacher Education programmes in 2025!

The Zero Fees Tuition Scholarship is applicable to the Bachelor of Education (Primary) and the Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary) programmes at our Auckland and Christchurch campuses in 2025.

*The Laidlaw College Zero Tuition Fees Scholarship is subject to NZ government policies.

Programme Summary

LEVEL 7, 135 credits
DURATION One year full-time, part-time options may be available
STARTS January
PLACES Open – selection criteria apply
CAMPUS Henderson and Christchurch

Career Opportunities

Graduating students of the Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary) are outstanding teachers. Graduates are eligible for registration with the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand and can work in intermediate, middle, secondary and area schools, from the state, state-integrated and private schooling sectors throughout New Zealand and around the world.


Laidlaw College seeks to prepare students for the teaching profession through a programme that centres on a theological foundation of hope that meaningfully integrates and orients with values, commitments and quality practice that are consistent with The Code and Standards for the Teaching Profession in a supported environment. The qualification seeks to produce graduates who are relational, critically reflective practitioners who can design high-quality learning experiences from a place of curiosity about the learner, the world and a professional understanding of the goals, scope and nature of education. Graduating students will be qualified to register as teachers in New Zealand for secondary teaching in public, integrated and private schools. 

Programme Requirements

The Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary) is a one-year full-time (or part-time equivalent) programme.  It is made up of 3 courses of 30 credits each and 3 courses of 15 credits each, all at level 7.


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If you would like to discuss your study options or become a “Student for a Day” please contact our Admissions office: [email protected] or 09 837 9790.

Key Dates

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