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Graduate Diploma in Tertiary Education

"Overall I'd say that the main thing I got out of the programme was confidence. I was taught how to look deeper, and reflect on what I was already doing. Having done this through the Graduate Diploma, I now know without a shadow of a doubt that I'm delivering quality education programmes to my students in the best possible way."

Joy Hooker, Graduate Diploma in Tertiary Education

Are you working in a tertiary teaching environment, and would you like to?

At Capable NZ, we base our philosophy on using real-life experiences from your professional life as rich learning material. Our level 7 120-credit Graduate Diploma in Tertiary Education allows you to develop and advance your professional career as an educator in the tertiary sector, enabling you to teach in university, polytechnic, for a private training provider or as a trainer in industry. What's more, there are three pathways to a Graduate Diploma in Tertiary Education so you can choose the pathway that's most appropriate for you.

Pre-requisites: you will need to have (at least) an undergraduate degree or equivalent, and preferrably experience in industry or as a professional. 

How can CAPABLE NZ help you get a Graduate Diploma in Tertiary Education?

Tertiary educators face a variety of complex and challenging issues in the modern learning environment. You are preparing young (and not so young) adults for their future careers - a big responsibility. The Graduate Diploma in Tertiary Education (GDTE) acknowledges the complexities and accepts the challenge. An innovate programme, the GDTE takes a Work-based Learning (WBL) approach which focusses directly on the work related issues that you encounter in your day-to-day work as a tertiary educator. You are encouraged to become a reflective practitioner with the aim of improving your professional practices. You work with a facilitator and/or a mentor and use a variety of approaches, working online, in teams and individually. At Capable NZ we provide three pathways to the GDTE which all take this approach so all of your learning activities and study impacts directly on your teaching. The Graduate Diploma in Tertiary Education offers a unique opportunity to become the educator that you want to become.


Assessment is through the development of a portfolio of evidence that shows you meet the attributes listed in the Graduate Profile.

Want to know more about the Graduate Diploma in Tertiary Education?

Read more details about the Graduate Diploma in Tertiary Education on the Otago Polytechnic website, including information about entry requirements, programme structure and fees.