Entry Criteria

Entry criteria

Postgraduate Qualifications

All applicants must:

  • Hold a Level 7 Bachelor’s degree (360 credits), or higher qualification with an average grade deemed acceptable to the Academic Board*
    OR completed the requirements of the Postgraduate Diploma in Education from NZTC with a grade point average of merit or higher
  • Declare any physical or learning disability, or diverse needs that may impact on your performance as a student
  • Succeed in a personal interview

* Applicants who have gained their qualification outside New Zealand will have their qualification assessed by NZTC but may need to provide a NZQA Qualification Assessment Report confirming the level and credit value of the bachelor’s degree. The assessment report must have been completed in the last three years.

Please note:

  • Credit for prior formal learning may be awarded towards this qualification at the discretion of the College

EAL (English as an Additional Language) requirements:
Applicants for whom English is an additional language must provide evidence of meeting English language requirements. The requirements are either an IELTS (Academic) score or the equivalent score on another NZQA approved test. The IELTS (Academic) requirements are:

  • An IELTS (Academic) score of at least 6.5 overall and a writing score of 6.5, with no band score lower than 6.0
  • The IELTS (Academic) scores may be combined from two tests as long as a minimum of 6.5 overall and 6.0 in each component is achieved (on one test)
  • The IELTS (Academic) score results must be issued within the last two years

An applicant may be exempt from providing an IELTS (Academic) score or a score on an equivalent test if they can provide clear evidence of one of the following:

  • Completion of a Level 7 Bachelor tertiary qualification or higher with English as the language of instruction in New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom or the United States

All applicants must:

  • Hold a Level 7 Bachelor’s degree (360 credits), or higher qualification*
    OR completed the requirements of the Postgraduate Diploma in Education from NZTC with a grade point average of merit or higher
  • Declare any physical or learning disability, or diverse needs that may impact on your performance as a student
  • Succeed in a personal interview

* Applicants who have gained their qualification outside New Zealand will have their qualification assessed by NZTC but may need to provide a NZQA Qualification Assessment Report confirming the level and credit value of the bachelor’s degree. The assessment report must have been completed in the last three years.

Please note:

  • Credit for prior formal learning may be awarded towards this qualification at the discretion of the College

EAL (English as an Additional Language) requirements:
Applicants for whom English is an additional language must provide evidence of meeting English language requirements. The requirements are either an IELTS (Academic) score or the equivalent score on another NZQA approved test. The IELTS (Academic) requirements are:

  • An IELTS (Academic) score of at least 6.5 overall and a writing score of 6.5, with no band score lower than 6.0
  • The IELTS (Academic) scores may be combined from two tests as long as a minimum of 6.5 overall and 6.0 in each component is achieved (on one test)
  • The IELTS (Academic) score results must be issued within the last two years

An applicant may be exempt from providing an IELTS (Academic) score or a score on an equivalent test if they can provide clear evidence of one of the following:

  • Completion of a Level 7 Bachelor tertiary qualification or higher with English as the language of instruction in New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom or the United States

All applicants must:

  • Hold a Level 7 Bachelor’s degree (360 credits), or higher qualification*
  • Declare any physical or learning disability, or diverse needs that may impact on your performance as a student
  • Succeed in a personal interview

* Applicants who have gained their qualification outside New Zealand will have their qualification assessed by NZTC but may need to provide a NZQA Qualification Assessment Report confirming the level and credit value of the bachelor’s degree. The assessment report must have been completed in the last three years.

Please note:

  • Credit for prior formal learning may be awarded towards this qualification at the discretion of the College

EAL (English as an Additional Language) requirements:
Applicants for whom English is an additional language must provide evidence of meeting English language requirements. The requirements are either an IELTS (Academic) score or the equivalent score on another NZQA approved test. The IELTS (Academic) requirements are:

  • An IELTS (Academic) score of at least 6.5 overall and a writing score of 6.5, with no band score lower than 6.0
  • The IELTS (Academic) scores may be combined from two tests as long as a minimum of 6.5 overall and 6.0 in each component is achieved (on one test)
  • The IELTS (Academic) score results must be issued within the last two years

An applicant may be exempt from providing an IELTS (Academic) score or a score on an equivalent test if they can provide clear evidence of one of the following:

  • Completion of a Level 7 Bachelor tertiary qualification or higher with English as the language of instruction in New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom or the United States

All applicants must:

  • Hold a Level 7 Bachelor’s degree (360 credits), or higher qualification*
  • Declare any physical or learning disability, or diverse needs that may impact on your performance as a student
  • Succeed in a personal interview

* Applicants who have gained their qualification outside New Zealand will have their qualification assessed by NZTC but may need to provide a NZQA Qualification Assessment Report confirming the level and credit value of the bachelor’s degree. The assessment report must have been completed in the last three years.

Please note:

  • Credit for prior formal learning may be awarded towards this qualification at the discretion of the College

EAL (English as an Additional Language) requirements:
Applicants for whom English is an additional language must provide evidence of meeting English language requirements. The requirements are either an IELTS (Academic) score or the equivalent score on another NZQA approved test. The IELTS (Academic) requirements are:

  • An IELTS (Academic) score of at least 6.5 overall and a writing score of 6.5, with no band score lower than 6.0
  • The IELTS (Academic) scores may be combined from two tests as long as a minimum of 6.5 overall and 6.0 in each component is achieved (on one test)
  • The IELTS (Academic) score results must be issued within the last two years

An applicant may be exempt from providing an IELTS (Academic) score or a score on an equivalent test if they can provide clear evidence of one of the following:

  • Completion of a Level 7 Bachelor tertiary qualification or higher with English as the language of instruction in New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom or the United States

Undergraduate qualifications

All applicants must:

  • Hold a Level 7 Bachelor’s degree (360 credits)*, a Level 8 Bachelor’s degree with Honours (480 credits)*, a Level 9 Master’s degree (240)*, or a Level 7 New Zealand Diploma of Teaching (Primary)
  • Demonstrate your ability to meet the Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand (Education Council)’s Good Character and Fit to be Teacher Policy (2012) criteria
  • Provide written referee report(s)
  • Satisfy New Zealand Police clearance conditions
  • Declare any physical or learning disability, or diverse needs that may impact on your performance as a student
  • Succeed in a personal interview

*Applicants who have gained their qualification outside New Zealand will have to provide a NZQA Qualification Assessment Report confirming the level and credit value of the bachelor’s degree. The assessment report must have been completed in the last three years.

Please note:

  • There is no special admission provision for this qualification
  • Credits for prior formal learning are not awarded towards this qualification

EAL (English as an Additional Language) requirements:
The Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand (Education Council) has requirements that applicants must meet in order to enter this program. If English is not their first language, an applicant would need to sit the IELTS test (Academic version) to prove their English proficiency. The IELTS (Academic) requirements are:

  • An IELTS (Academic) score of at least 7.0 in each component
  • The IELTS (Academic) scores may be combined from two or more tests as long as a minimum of 6.0 overall and 5.5 in each component is achieved (on one test)
  • The IELTS (Academic) score results must be issued within the last two years

An applicant may be exempt from providing an IELTS (Academic) score or a score on an equivalent test if they can provide clear evidence of one of the following:

  • Have completed two years of secondary school education in New Zealand AND meet literacy requirements for University Entrance in New Zealand
  • Graduated from a degree at Level 7 or higher gained at a New Zealand or Australian tertiary education organisation and studied in a campus model of delivery for each year of a three year Bachelor’s degree of 360 credits, or a two year Master’s degree of 240 credits
  • Is a registered teacher with the Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand (Education Council) and hold a current Practising Certificate

All applicants must:

  • Have University Entrance via either NCEA or CIE
    OR achieved an equivalent overseas high school diploma
  • Demonstrate your ability to meet the Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand (Education Council)’s Good Character and Fit to be Teacher Policy (2012) criteria
  • Provide written referee report(s)
  • Satisfy New Zealand Police clearance conditions
  • Declare any physical or learning disability, or diverse needs that may impact on your performance as a student
  • Succeed in a personal interview

*Applicants who have gained their qualification outside New Zealand will have to provide a NZQA Qualification Assessment Report confirming the level and credit value of the bachelor’s degree. The assessment report must have been completed in the last three years.

Please note:

  • Any student who will reach the age of 20 by the commencement of the program and who does not meet the requirement for admission to the program may be granted special admission. Applicants may need to demonstrate academic ability to study at the level required to complete the program successfully
  • Credit for prior formal learning may be awarded towards this qualification at the discretion of the College

EAL (English as an Additional Language) requirements:
The Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand (Education Council) has requirements that applicants must meet in order to enter this program. If English is not their first language, an applicant would need to sit the IELTS test (Academic version) to prove their English proficiency. The IELTS (Academic) requirements are:

  • An IELTS (Academic) score of at least 7.0 in each component
  • The IELTS (Academic) scores may be combined from two or more tests as long as a minimum of 6.0 overall and 5.5 in each component is achieved (on one test)
  • The IELTS (Academic) score results must be issued within the last two years

An applicant may be exempt from providing an IELTS (Academic) score or a score on an equivalent test if they can provide clear evidence of one of the following:

  • Have completed two years of secondary school education in New Zealand AND meet literacy requirements for University Entrance in New Zealand
  • Graduated from a degree at Level 7 or higher gained at a New Zealand or Australian tertiary education organisation and studied in a campus model of delivery for each year of a three year Bachelor’s degree of 360 credits, or a two year Master’s degree of 240 credits

All applicants must:

  • Hold a Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) or equivalent
  • Already have teacher registration, or be able to meet the Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand (Education Council)’s criteria for registration as a teacher
  • Declare any physical or learning disability, or diverse needs that may impact on your performance as a student

All applicants must:

  • Have University Entrance via either NCEA or CIE
    OR achieved an equivalent overseas high school diploma
    OR completed a recognised qualification of at least 120 credits at level 3 or above
  • Declare any physical or learning disability, or diverse needs that may impact on your performance as a student

*Applicants who have gained their qualification outside New Zealand will have to provide a NZQA Qualification Assessment Report confirming the level and credit value of the bachelor’s degree. The assessment report must have been completed in the last three years.

Please note:

  • Any student who will reach the age of 20 by the commencement of the program and who does not meet the requirement for admission to the program may be granted special admission. Applicants may need to demonstrate academic ability to study at the level required to complete the program successfully
  • Other special admission categories may be applied for and granted at the discretion of the College
  • Credit for prior formal learning may be awarded towards this qualification at the discretion of the College

EAL (English as an Additional Language) requirements:
Applicants for whom English is an additional language must provide evidence of meeting English language requirements. The requirements are either an IELTS (Academic) score or the equivalent score on another NZQA approved test. The IELTS (Academic) requirements are:

  • An IELTS (Academic) score of at least 6.0 overall and a writing score of 6.0, with no band score lower than 5.5
  • The IELTS (Academic) scores may be combined from two tests as long as a minimum of 6.0 overall and 5.5 in each component is achieved (on one test)
  • The IELTS (Academic) score results must be issued within the last two years

An applicant may be exempt from providing an IELTS (Academic) score or a score on an equivalent test if they can provide clear evidence of one of the following:

  • Have completed two years of secondary education in New Zealand AND meet the literacy requirements for University Entrance
  • Completion of a Level 7 Bachelor tertiary qualification or higher with English as the language of instruction in New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom or the United States

Domestic Applicants:

  • Must have turned 16 years of age prior to starting the program

International Applicants:

  • Must have turned 18 years of age prior to starting the program

All applicants must:

  • Have completed the New Zealand Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 5) or equivalent
  • Demonstrate their ability to meet the Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand (Education Council)’s Good Character and Fit to be Teacher Policy (2012) criteria
  • Provide written referee(s)
  • Satisfy New Zealand Police Clearance conditions
  • Declare any physical or learning disability, or diverse needs that may impact on their performance as a student
  • Applicants may be required to succeed in a personal interview

Please note:

  • Any student who will reach the age of 20 by the commencement of the program and who does not meet the requirement for admission to the program may be granted special admission. Applicants may need to demonstrate academic ability to study at the level required to complete the program successfully
  • Other special admission categories may be applied for and granted at the discretion of the College
  • Credit for prior formal learning may be awarded towards this qualification at the discretion of the College

EAL (English as an Additional Language) requirements:
Applicants for whom English is an additional language must provide evidence of meeting English language requirements. The requirements are either an IELTS (Academic) score or the equivalent score on another NZQA approved test. The IELTS (Academic) requirements are:

  • An IELTS (Academic) score of at least 6.0 overall and a writing score of 6.0, with no band score lower than 5.5
  • IELTS scores may be combined from two tests as long as on one test a minimum of 6.0 overall and 5.5 in each component is achieved
  • The IELTS (Academic) score results must be issued within the last two years

An applicant may be exempt from providing an IELTS (Academic) score or a score on an equivalent test if they can provide clear evidence of one of the following:

  • Have completed two years of secondary school education in New Zealand AND meet the literacy requirements for University Entrance
  • Completion of a Level 7 Bachelor tertiary qualification or higher with English as the language of instruction in New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom or the United States

Domestic Applicants:

  • Must have turned 16 years of age prior to starting the program

International Applicants:

  • Must have turned 18 years of age prior to starting the program

All applicants must:

  • Have completed four years of secondary schooling AND have achieved 48 NCEA credits at Level 2 or better across four subjects (one of which must be English or te reo Māori) with a minimum 12 credits in each subject
    OR hold a recognised qualification of at least 120 credits at level 3 or above
    OR have relevant experience deemed to be sufficient for entry into the program
  • Demonstrate their ability to meet the Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand (Education Council)’s Good Character and Fit to be Teacher Policy (2012) criteria
  • Provide written referee(s)
  • Satisfy New Zealand Police Clearance conditions
  • Declare any physical or learning disability, or diverse needs that may impact on their performance as a student
  • Applicants may be required to succeed in a personal interview

Please note:

  • Any student who will reach the age of 20 by the commencement of the program and who does not meet the requirement for admission to the program may be granted special admission. Applicants may need to demonstrate academic ability to study at the level required to complete the program successfully
  • Other special admission categories may be applied for and granted at the discretion of the College
  • Credit for prior formal learning may be awarded towards this qualification at the discretion of the College

EAL (English as an Additional Language) requirements:
Applicants for whom English is an additional language must provide evidence of meeting English language requirements. The requirements are either an IELTS (Academic) score or the equivalent score on another NZQA approved test. The IELTS (Academic) requirements are:

  • An IELTS (Academic) score of at least 5.5 overall and a writing score of 5.5, with no band score lower than 5.0
  • IELTS scores may be combined from two tests as long as on one test a minimum of 5.5 overall and 5.0 in each component is achieved
  • The IELTS (Academic) score results must be issued within the last two years

An applicant may be exempt from providing an IELTS (Academic) score or a score on an equivalent test if they can provide clear evidence of one of the following:

  • Have completed two years of secondary school education in New Zealand AND meet the literacy requirements for University Entrance
  • Completion of a Level 7 Bachelor tertiary qualification or higher with English as the language of instruction in New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom or the United States

Domestic Applicants:

  • Must have turned 16 years of age prior to starting the program

International Applicants:

  • Must have turned 18 years of age prior to starting the program

All applicants must:

  • Demonstrate their ability to meet the Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand (Education Council)’s Good Character and Fit to be Teacher Policy (2012) criteria
  • Provide written referee(s)
  • Satisfy New Zealand Police Clearance conditions
  • Declare any physical or learning disability, or diverse needs that may impact on their performance as a student
  • Applicants may be required to succeed in a personal interview

Please note:

  • Any student who will reach the age of 20 by the commencement of the program and who does not meet the requirement for admission to the program may be granted special admission. Applicants may need to demonstrate academic ability to study at the level required to complete the program successfully
  • Other special admission categories may be applied for and granted at the discretion of the College

EAL (English as an Additional Language) requirements:
Applicants for whom English is an additional language must provide evidence of meeting English language requirements. The requirements are either an IELTS (Academic) score or the equivalent score on another NZQA approved test. The IELTS (Academic) requirements are:

  • An IELTS (Academic) score of at least 5.5 overall and no band score lower than 5.0
  • The IELTS (Academic) score must be achieved on a single test
  • The IELTS (Academic) score results must be issued within the last two years

An applicant may be exempt from providing an IELTS (Academic) score or a score on an equivalent test if they can provide clear evidence of one of the following:

  • Have completed two years of secondary school education in New Zealand AND meet the literacy requirements for University Entrance
  • Completion of a Level 7 Bachelor tertiary qualification or higher with English as the language of instruction in New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom or the United States

Domestic Applicants:

  • Must have turned 16 years of age prior to starting the program

International Applicants:

  • Must have turned 18 years of age prior to starting the program