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.
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.
Students must be approved for the PGCertEd by the Dean of Education and Health Sciences, and have one of the following:
- qualified for any appropriate degree in Aotearoa New Zealand with two 300-level courses in Education; or
- qualified for 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
- been admitted ad eundem statum (with equivalent standing) as entitled to enrol.
The relevance and standard of undergraduate studies and any subsequent professional work experience are the main criteria of approval.
Students with English as an additional language 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.
The course of study for the Postgraduate Certificate in Education comprises 60 points from courses listed in Schedule V to the Master of Education.
The Certificate takes between 6–12 months of full-time study to complete, or up to 2 years part-time, depending on course selection.
With the approval of the Dean of Education and Health Sciences, you may elect to have the completed courses for the PGCertEd transferred to either a Postgraduate Diploma in Education or the Master of Education, in lieu of being awarded the PGCertEd.
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.
- Te Rōpū Rapuara | UC Careers can help you to achieve the career you want, connect with employers, or find a job.
- For research into career destinations by qualification, visit Te Pōkai Tara | 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 Certificate 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