Faculty of Education and Social Work


Postgraduate Diploma in Education

This postgraduate diploma will give you the opportunity to study various aspects of education at an advanced level.

Quick facts
Length One year full-time study. Up to two years' part-time study.
Delivery Weekly lectures and on-campus block courses at Epsom Campus. Some courses are offered online.
Points per degree 120
Start date Semester One or Semester Two


Overview

This programme offers further study in education and professional practice and can qualify graduates for an advanced salary status. It will enable you to explore and investigate applied areas of education such as learning and teaching, Māori education, literacy education, supervision and practice, research and evaluation and development education. You can choose to study the general diploma or any of two specialisations offered: Literacy Education and Reading Recovery. Graduates who meet the criteria can also go on to study at masters level.

 

Programme highlights

  • Can be studied as a distinct qualification or taken to bridge into the Masters programme
  • Wide selection of courses offered
  • Range of delivery modes available
  • Relevant to those working in early childhood, primary, secondary, or tertiary education
  • May qualify you for Q3+ salary status

 

Content

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Education: Enables you to pursue advanced postgraduate study in applied areas of education such as Learning and Teaching, Adult and Higher Education, Educational Psychology, Māori Education, Literacy Education, Mathematics Education, Science Education, Arts Education, Supervision and Practice, Leadership and Management, Research and Evaluation, Development Education, and Cultural and Policy Studies in Education.
  • Literacy Education specialisation: Provides academic and professional knowledge to enhance teachers’ professional practices in specialist and advisory literacy teacher roles. The programme focuses on the application of strategies to support children’s literacy and especially in developing expertise to meet the needs of low literacy achievers. The programme is for any teacher with an interest in literacy who wishes to enhance their practice. Find out more

Completion of a Postgraduate Diploma in Education with GPA of 5 or higher offers entry into the Master of Education degree.

 

Entry criteria

In order to be admitted to this programme, a student needs to have one of the following:

  • a Bachelors degree in Education (or an equivalent degree)
  • an Advanced Diploma in Teaching with three years' teaching experience
  • a Graduate Diploma in Education (or an equivalent graduate diploma)
  • If enrolling in the Reading Recovery Specialisation:
    • a Bachelor of Education (Teaching) degree (or equivalent qualification) with at least three years’ relevant employment experience (such as a successful junior class teaching experience)

Note 1: The Reading Recovery specialisation is a restricted-entry programme; please contact the faculty for advice on entry requirements and how you can apply.

Note 2: If you already hold a Master of Arts in Education (or substantially similar qualification), you may not be admitted to this programme.

 

Programme Structure

120-point taught masters programme

either

  • 120 points from EDCURRIC 700–706, 708–718, 724, 728, 729, 740, 750, 760, 763, 780, 791, EDCURSEC 700, 701, EDPRAC 750, 751, 752, EDPROF 701, 737–741, 753–757, EDPROFST 700–757, 760–788, EDPROFM 700, 701, 702, EDSPEC 700, EDUC 702–765, 767, 776, 777, 787, 791, EDUCM 739

or

  • at least 75 points from EDCURRIC 700–706, 708–718, 724, 728, 729, 740, 750, 760, 763, 780, 791, EDCURSEC 700, 701, EDPRAC 750, 751, 752, EDPROF 701, 737–741, 753–757, EDPROFST 700–757, 760–788, EDPROFM 700, 701, 702, EDSPEC 700, EDUC 702–765, 767, 776, 777, 787, 791, EDUCM 739
  • up to 45 points from 700 level courses in another subject. The approval of all Heads of Departments is required

or

Literacy Education specialisation

  • Prerequisite: Prior approval from the Dean of Faculty of Education and Social Work
  • 120 points: EDPROFST 700–703

Note 1: A student wishing to enrol in a thesis or research portfolio for the Master of Education following the award of this postgraduate diploma should note that passing of 30 points of approved research methodology courses will be required.

Note 2: A student wishing to enrol in the Master of Educational Leadership is advised to include EDPROFST 738 and 757 in the postgraduate diploma.

View the full regulations for this programme.

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Further study

The Postgraduate Diploma in Education is also a pathway into the Master of Education. From a masters you could then go on to study at doctoral level.

 

 

Fees and scholarships

Find out the cost of tuition at the University, how to pay your fees and important dates. 

You may be eligible to apply for scholarships and University awards available to help you pay for your study. Learn more about postgraduate scholarships and how to apply.

 

Application for admission

Apply now or learn more about the application process (How to apply).

 

 

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