Postgraduate Diploma in Education endorsed in Leadership
This Postgraduate diploma focuses on the competencies required for effective leadership and management.
It is suitable for those already holding leadership and management positions in schools and centres and for those planning future promotion, particularly aspiring principals and head teachers. Students may proceed to the Master of Education.
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.
Qualification specific requirements
Candidates must be approved as a candidate for the diploma by the Dean of Education, and have either:
- qualified for any appropriate degree in New Zealand with at least 0.45 EFTS at 300-level in Education; or
- 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, educator or counsellor in a recognised work place or community setting;
- satisfied the conditions for admission to the diploma endorsed in leadership or Hōaka Pounamu; or
- completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Education; 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.
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 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.
For full entry requirements see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Education or use the admission requirements checker.
You are also required to meet UC’s English language requirements.
Qualification structure and duration
The PGDipEd Leadership comprises a total of 120 points.
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.
One year full-time, up to four years part-time.
Subjects and courses
For the up-to-date schedule of courses, visit our University Regulations website.
How to apply
Find out how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.
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.
- See what other UC postgraduate students have gone on to achieve in their studies and careers by looking at our student and graduate profiles.
- Our Careers, Internships & Employment team can help you to achieve the career you want, connect with employers or find a job.
- For research into career destinations by qualification, visit the Universities New Zealand website and UC's Careers, Internships & Employment page.
- Find out more about what you can do with a degree from UC.
For full requirements see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Education.
For more information on this endorsement, see the Leadership brochure.
For study planning help contact the College of Education:College of Education
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800