Postgraduate Diploma in Education
The Postgraduate Diploma in Education is designed to provide opportunities to improve professional practice and examine critically significant issues in education.
The PGDipEd is also available with an endorsement in one of seven areas. This allows students to complete a postgraduate diploma specific to their field of interest.
UC's College of Education, Health and Human Development has a national and international reputation for producing high-quality teacher graduates based on a 135-year tradition. UC is ranked in the top 100 universities in the world for Education (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2017).
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.
Specific entry requirements
Candidates must be approved as a candidate for the diploma by the Dean of Education and Health Sciences, and have one of the following:
- 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;
- 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 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.
For the full entry requirements see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Education or use the admission requirements checker.
How to apply
You can apply online at myUC. Find out more about how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.
The course of study for the Postgraduate Diploma in Education shall comprise courses equivalent to 120 points, excluding EDEM 690 and EDEM 691, from the Master of Education schedule.
With the approval of the Dean of Education and Health Sciences and of the Head of the other Department/School concerned, students may replace up to 30 points with relevant courses at an equivalent level.
Students 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.
The diploma can also be studied part-time in up to four years.
Students may study towards the PGDipEd unendorsed, or may choose from the following endorsement options:
- e-Learning and Digital Technologies in Education
- Hōaka Pounamu: Te Reo Māori Bilingual and Immersion Teaching
- Inclusive and Special Education
- Positive Behaviour Support
- Teaching and Learning Languages
More information on each endorsement is available on the College of Education, Health and Human Development website.
For the up-to-date schedule of courses, see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Education.
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.
- Read what other UC postgraduate students have gone on to achieve in their studies and careers in 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.
- Find out more about what you can do with a degree from UC.
- Come along to an upcoming information event for prospective postgraduate students.
For full requirements see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Education.
For course advice contact the College of Education, Health and Human Development:
College of Education, Health and Human Development | Te Rāngai Ako me te Hauora
University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha
Private Bag 4800