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Postgraduate Diploma in Education

PGDipEd
12 October 2023

UC's Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDipEd) provides opportunities to improve professional practice and examines critically significant issues in education. Find out about studying a PGDipEd through our Te Kaupeka Ako | Faculty of Education.

DURATION

Postgraduate Diploma in Education

Degree Structure - Duration
1 years full-time

START

Postgraduate Diploma in Education

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

POINTS

120

TUITION FEES

2024 tuition fees estimate per 120 points:

  • Domestic — $8,184
  • International — $35,400

Overview


Postgraduate Diploma in Education

Introduction

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 you to complete a postgraduate diploma specific to your field of interest.

UC's Te Kaupeka Ako | Faculty of Education has a national and international reputation for producing high-quality teacher graduates based on a 135-year tradition.

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



Postgraduate Diploma in Education

Entry Requirements - Body

Entry requirements

You must be approved for enrolment to the PGDipEd with one of the following:

  • any appropriate bachelor's degree from Aotearoa New Zealand with a major in Education, Psychology, or a related subject; or
  • any bachelor's degree from Aotearoa, and either;
    • successfully completed a recognised teacher training course of not less than one year at an Aotearoa New Zealand college of education or university; or
    • acquired experience as a teacher, educator, or counsellor in a recognised workplace or community setting; or
    • completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Education; 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. You will normally be expected to have at least a B Grade Point Average in your 300-level courses.

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

Note: To be admitted to the Diploma endorsed in Hōaka Pounamu: Te Reo Māori Bilingual and Immersion Teaching, you must meet a minimum Māori language proficiency level assessed by an interview.

Note: To be admitted to the Diploma endorsed in Leadership, you must have an appropriate degree, a minimum one-year teacher training course, and have normally completed five year's teaching service, and have a position with leadership responsibility.

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.

See Admission and enrolment for all information on enrolling at UC.

Postgraduate Diploma in Education

Subjects and Courses - Body

Subjects and courses

You may study towards the PGDipEd unendorsed, or may choose from the following endorsement options:

  • Digital Education Futures
  • Inclusive and Special Education
  • Leadership
  • Literacy
  • Positive Behaviour Support (not open to new enrolments)
  • Teaching and Learning Languages
  • Tertiary Teaching

Courses towards an endorsement are listed in the Postgraduate Diploma in Education Schedule.

The remaining courses (or 120 points of courses for the unendorsed option) are chosen from Master of Education Schedule V.

More information on each endorsement is available on Te Kaupeka Ako | Faculty of Education.

Postgraduate Diploma 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 120 points):

  • Domestic — $8,184
  • International — $35,400

2023 tuition fees estimate (per 120 points):

  • Domestic — $7,961
  • International — $34,000

SSL estimate (per 120 points):

  • 2024 — $1,100.40
  • 2023 — $992.40

Planning my study

Postgraduate Diploma in Education

Degree Structure - Body

How do I plan my diploma?

The course of study for the Postgraduate Diploma in Education is made up of 120 points of courses. With approval, you may replace up to 30 points with other relevant courses at an equivalent level.

Most of the endorsement subjects can be started in February or July (Teaching and Learning Languages has a July-only start date, and both Literacy and Hōaka Pounamu have a February-only start date).

The Diploma can be completed in 1 year full-time, or it can also be studied part-time in up to 4 years.

Those 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.

For full requirements, see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Education.

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