Postgraduate certificate or diploma

Postgraduate Certificate in Education

11 October 2023

Study a Postgraduate Certificate in Education through Te Kaupeka Ako | Faculty of Education at the University of Canterbury.


Postgraduate Certificate in Education

Degree Structure - Duration
6–12 months full-time


Postgraduate Certificate in Education

Degree Structure - Start In
Semester 1 or 2 (February or July)




2024 tuition fees estimate per 60 points:

  • Domestic — $4,092
  • International — $17,700


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.

Please note this qualification is not a pathway to teacher registration. If you wish to study to become a registered teacher, check out our Initial Teacher Education qualifications.

Postgraduate Certificate in Education

Entry Requirements - Body

Entry requirements

To enrol for the PGCertEd you will need one of the following:

  • any appropriate degree in Aotearoa New Zealand with two 300-level courses in Education; or
  • any appropriate degree in Aotearoa New Zealand, and have either completed a minimum one-year teacher training course or have experience as a teacher, educator, or counsellor; or
  • other qualifications of an equivalent standard.

The relevance and standard of undergraduate studies and any subsequent professional work experience are the main criteria of approval.

If English is your additional language, you are also required to meet UC’s English language requirements.

For the full entry requirements, see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Certificate 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.

Postgraduate Certificate in Education

Career - Body

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.

Useful information:

2024 tuition fees estimate (per 60 points):

  • Domestic — $4,092
  • International — $17,700

2023 tuition fees estimate (per 60 points):

  • Domestic — $3,981
  • International — $17,000

SSL estimate (per 60 points):

  • 2024 — $550.20
  • 2023 — $496.20

Planning my degree


Postgraduate Prospectus 2024

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