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 | Te Rāngai Ako me te Hauora has a national and international reputation for producing high-quality teacher graduates based on a 135-year tradition. UC is ranked in the top 200 universities in the world for Education and Training (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2020).
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 enrolment to the PGDipEd by the Dean of Education and Health Sciences, and have 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
- been admitted Ad Eundem Statum (with equivalent standing) to enrol.
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 Grade Point Average in their 300-level courses.
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 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 is made up of 120 points of courses.
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 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.
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.
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 (not open to new enrolments)
- Teaching and Learning Languages
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 the College of Education, Health and Human Development | Te Rāngai Ako me te Hauora website.
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 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