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.

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.

Qualification specific requirements

Candidates must be approved as a candidate for the diploma by the Dean of Education, Health and Human Development, and have either:

  1. qualified for any appropriate degree in New Zealand with at least 0.45 EFTS at 300-level in Education; or
  2. 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
  3. 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 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, see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Education.

How to apply

Find out how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.

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 Diploma in Education.

For study planning help contact the College of Education, Health and Human Development:

College of Education | Te Rāngai Ako me te Hauora
University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha 
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand

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