Postgraduate Diploma in Education PGDipEd
The Postgraduate Diploma in Education is designed to provide opportunities to improve professional practice and examine critically significant issues in education. Students may proceed to the Master of Education.
The Postgraduate Diploma in Education is also available with an endorsement in one of five areas. This allows students to complete a postgraduate diploma specific to their field of interest.
For more information on these endorsements see:
- Postgraduate Diploma in Education endorsed in e-Learning and Digital Technologies in Education
- Postgraduate Diploma in Education endorsed in Hōaka Pounamu: Te Reo Māori Bilingual and Immersion Teaching
- Postgraduate Diploma in Inclusive and Special Education*
- Postgraduate Diploma in Education endorsed in Leadership
- Postgraduate Diploma in Education endorsed in Literacy
- Postgraduate Diploma in Education endorsed in Teaching and Learning and Languages
*Not open to new enrolments in 2012.
Candidates must be approved as a candidate for the diploma by the Dean of Education, and have either:
(a) qualified for any appropriate degree in New Zealand with at least 0.45 EFTS at 300-level in Education; or
(b) qualified for any appropriate degree in New Zealand and either;
- successfully completed a recognised teacher training course of not less than one year at a New Zealand college of education or university;
- or acquired experience as a teacher in a recognised educational institution or setting;
- acquired experience as a counsellor in a recognised counselling setting;
- acquired appropriate experience as an educator in a work-place or community setting;
- satisfied the conditions for admission to the diploma endorsed in leadership; or
- completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Education; or
(c) been admitted Admission Ad Eundem Statum.
The relevance and standard of undergraduate studies and any subsequent professional work experience are the main criteria of approval. Students will normally be expected to have at least a B average in their 300-level courses.
To be admitted to the diploma endorsed in Hōaka Pounamu: Te Reo Māori Bilingual and Immersion Teaching a candidate must meet a minimum Māori language proficiency level assessed by interview.
To be admitted to the diploma endorsed in Leadership a candidate must have an appropriate degree, a minimum one-year teacher training course, and have normally completed five years teaching service and hold a position with leadership responsibility.
To apply, domestic students should download an Application for Award Entry from the College of Education website or contact the College of Education, prior to submitting an Application to Enrol. International students see Postgraduate admission - international students for more information.
One year full-time, up to four years part-time.
The course of study for the Postgraduate Diploma in Education shall comprise courses equivalent to 1.0 EFTS (120 points), excluding EDEM 690 and EDEM 691 from the Schedule to the Master of Education Regulations.
Not all courses will be offered in any one year.
A candidate may, with the approval of the Dean of Education and of the Head of the other Department/School concerned, replace up to 0.25 EFTS (30 points) with relevant courses at an equivalent level.
A candidate wishing to enrol in a thesis for the Master of Education following the award of this diploma should note that completing 0.25 EFTS (30 points) of approved research methodology courses will normally be required.
For full requirements see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Education (University Regulations website).
For course advice contact the College of Education.