Getting qualified


All teaching qualifications in New Zealand go through a quality approval process and are approved by NZQA and the Teaching Council to ensure that graduates are eligible to apply for registration.

Māori & Pacific

There are lots of options to study for a teaching qualification that focuses on te reo Māori and te ao Māori, including a range of options for teaching in bilingual or full immersion settings. There are also study options focusing on Pacific languages, culture and identity. Use our Study Options search tool to check out what options are available from different providers.

Use our search tool to help you choose a programme that suits you.

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What are the entry requirements to train as a teacher?

University Entrance is the minimum requirement to study at a New Zealand university. Entry requirements to courses vary between tertiary providers. Check out individual providers’ websites for more information.

Many tertiary providers recommend bridging or foundation qualifications for people who don’t meet the entry requirements for teaching programmes. These programmes may be up to one year long and can provide flexibility if you have other commitments. Get in touch with the tertiary provider to discuss options if you want to know more about bridging or foundation qualifications.

The Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand also requires you to demonstrate that you are of good character and fit to be a teacher.

How long does it take to qualify?

The time it takes to gain a teaching qualification will vary depending on your previous study and whether you study full-time or part-time.

To qualify as an early childhood education or primary teacher it usually takes three years’ full-time study. To qualify as a secondary teacher it usually takes four years full-time study. Study is usually expected to be completed within six years.

A Graduate Diploma of Teaching, Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning and a Master of Teaching and Learning are programmes that are between one and two years of study and are for people who already have completed an undergraduate degree.

Check out the tertiary providers’ websites for more information about the qualifications on offer or use our Study Options search tool to check out what options are available.

More information

The TeachNZ team is here to help you with the information and support you need to make your decision. You can email us at or call us during business hours on 0800 165 225.

 Study options search tool click here.

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