Faculty of Education


Postgraduate Diploma in Education

This postgraduate diploma will give you the opportunity to study various aspects of education at an advanced level. Two specialisations are also offered in Early Career Teaching and Literacy Education.

Quick facts
Length One year full-time study, or up to four years' part-time study
Delivery Weekly lectures and on-campus block courses at Epsom Campus. Some courses are offered online.
Points per degree 120

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.
  • Early Career Teaching specialisation: Designed for teachers in the early years of their career. Supports you in your transition from provisionally registered to fully registered teacher status, and also provides a fourth year of academic study that may qualify you for Q3+ salary status.
  • 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 an average grade of B or higher offers entry into the Master of Education degree.

Fees

Updated tuition fee information will be available at www.auckland.ac.nz/fees.

You may be eligible to apply for scholarships and University awards available to help you pay for your study. For more information, visit www.auckland.ac.nz/scholarships.

Entry criteria

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

  • completed the requirements for a Bachelors degree in Education from this university or an equivalent degree as approved by Senate or its representative.
  • completed the requirements for an Advanced Diploma in Teaching as approved by Senate or its representative and have three years teaching experience.
  • completed the requirements for a Graduate Diploma in Education from this University or an equivalent graduate diploma as approved by Senate or its representative.
  • if enrolling for the Special Needs Resource Teaching specialisation, completed the requirements for an Advanced Diploma of Teaching or a Diploma of Teaching, and a Diploma in the Education of Students with Special Teaching Needs, as approved by Senate or its representative.

or

  • if enrolling in the Early Career Teaching specialisation, completed the requirements of a Bachelor of Education (Teaching) degree, or equivalent, as approved by Senate or its representative, and less than three years teaching experience or not hold full registration from the New Zealand Teachers Council.

2. No student on whom the Degree of Master of Arts in Education has already been conferred by The University of Auckland may enrol for this postgraduate diploma unless specific approval is given by Senate or its representative.

3. Admission to the programme requires the approval of Senate or its representative.

Programme Structure

Requirement:

either

  • 120 points from EDCURRIC 700–705, 708–715, 717, 718, 724, 728, 729, 740, 750, 760, 763, 771, 772, 780, 781, 783, 784, 788, 789, 791, EDPRAC 750, 751, 752, EDPROFST 700–757, 760–788, EDPROFM 700, 701, 702, EDSPEC 700, EDUC 702–764, 774, 776, 777, 787, 791, EDUCM 738, 739

or

  •  at least 75 points from EDCURRIC 700–705, 708–715, 717, 718, 724, 728, 729, 740, 750, 760, 763, 771, 772, 780, 781, 783, 784, 788, 789, 791, EDPRAC 750, 751, 752, EDPROFST 700–757, 760–788, EDPROFM 700, 701, 702, EDSPEC 700, EDUC 702–764, 774, 776, 777, 787, 791, EDUCM 738, 739
  • up to 45 points from 700 level courses in another subject. The approval of all Heads of Departments is required

or

Early Career Teaching specialisation

  • 60 points: EDPRAC 701
  • 30 points from EDCURRIC 740, EDPRAC 751, EDPROFST 750, 756, 757, 788, EDUC 774, 787
  • 30 points from EDCURRIC 700–705, 708, 710, 711, 713–715, 717, 718, 724, 728, 729, 740, 750, 760, 763, 771, 772, 780, 781, 783, 784, 788, 789, 791, EDPRAC 750, 751, 752, EDPROFST 700–757, 760–788, EDPROFM 700, 701, 702, EDUC 702–764, 777, 787, 791, EDUCM 738, 739, or from 700 level courses related to their area of inquiry from other schedules across the University. The approval of all Heads of Department is required

or

Literacy Education specialisation
Prerequisite: Prior approval from the Dean of Faculty of Education

  • 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.

Find out about the courses offered in 2015 (Not all courses are offered every year)


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.
 

Application for Admission

To apply for Admission into this programme, go to Applying and enrolling