University entrance is the minimum requirement to study at a New Zealand university. Entry requirements to courses vary between ITE providers. Check out individual providers’ websites for more information.
Bridging or foundation qualifications
Many ITE providers recommend bridging or foundation qualifications for people who don’t meet the entry requirements for teaching programmes. These programmes may take up to one year and can provide flexibility if you have other commitments. Get in touch with the provider to discuss options if you want to know more about bridging or foundation qualifications.
A ‘discretionary pathway’ is a way in which you can study to become a teacher, even if your NZQA report states that your qualifications do not meet the core knowledge requirements of an ITE qualification.
This pathway considers qualifications, teaching experience, appraisal material and professional development as a package to determine whether you can be granted registration as an exception to policy.
Discretionary pathways – Teaching Council
Flexible entry requirement
Several ITE providers recognise the body of experience a candidate has as equivalent to an undergraduate level 7 degree. This includes te reo fluency, experience working in technology and construction etc. in addition to the bridging or foundation qualifications.
The Teaching Council also requires you demonstrate that you are of good character and fit to be a teacher.