Postgraduate Certificate in Education


The Postgraduate Certificate in Education is designed to give teachers, counsellors and other educational professionals the opportunity to improve their professional practice and examine critically significant issues in education.

The certificate can be a pathway to the Master of Education or Postgraduate Diploma in Education.

Entry requirements

Postgraduate certificates and diplomas require a relevant bachelor's degree. If you gained your qualifications overseas, these will need to be assessed to ensure they are of an equivalent standard. You are also required to meet UC’s English language requirements.

Qualification specific requirements

Candidates must be approved as a candidate for the PGCertEd by the Dean of Education, and have one of the following:

  • qualified for any appropriate degree in New Zealand with two 300-level courses in Education, or
  • qualified for any appropriate degree in New Zealand and have either completed a minimum one-year teacher training course or have experience as a teacher, educator or counsellor, or
  • 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.

For full entry requirements see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Certificate in Education or use the admission requirements checker.

Qualification structure and duration

The course of study for the Postgraduate Certificate in Education comprises courses equivalent to 60 points listed in the schedule to the Master of Education.

The certificate takes six months of full-time study to complete or up to two years part-time depending on course selection. Students can begin their studies in February or July.

How to apply

You can apply online at myUC. Find out how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.

Further study

With the approval of the Dean of Education a candidate may elect to have the courses passed for the Postgraduate Certificate in Education transferred to either a Postgraduate Diploma in Education or the Master of Education in lieu of being awarded the PGCertEd.

Career opportunities

Postgraduate study can bring many career benefits eg, specialist skills and enhanced knowledge, entry into specific occupations, higher starting salary/progression rates, research capability/achievement and evidence of high academic attainment/self-discipline. 

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More information

For full requirements see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Certificate in Education.

For study planning help contact:

College of Education, Health and Human Development
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
Ōrakipaoa Building
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand

Phone +64 3 369 3333
Email education@canterbury.ac.nz