1 year
Feb Jul
Study mode
Full-time & Part-time
Tuition fee (entire course)
Foreign students
USD 14,849
NZD 22,250
Other costs
Other costs apply

About this course

The Postgraduate Diploma in Education is suitable for anyone interested in or already working in the field of education in a wide range of institutional contexts. It is particularly suitable for graduates with early childhood degrees, those working in adult or tertiary education and those interested in general educational studies who want to take their career to a postgraduate level. Courses cover a wide range of educational theory, policy and practice. Highlights include:

  • Designed to promote critical engagement with contemporary issues in education.
  • Applied in-depth professional learning.
  • Highly qualified and experienced academic staff with experience in both practical and research settings in public and private organisations.
  • All courses are electives, giving you a chance to focus on the topics that are most relevant to your career in education. They range from education policy, equity and evaluation in education to theories of learning and teaching, reading acquisition and learning technologies. There is no required research component.
  • Part-time study options available.
  • Cross-credits towards the Master of Education.

Entry Requirements

  • A recognised bachelor degree in the same or similar discipline, with merit achievement, deemed to be an average grade of B- or higher in all level 7 courses; OR
  • A professional qualification in a relevant discipline, recognised as being equivalent to merit achievement in a bachelor degree.

English Language Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must have achieved a minimum standard of English as demonstrated by a minimum of 8 credits at NCEA Level 2 in English (4 in Reading, 4 in Writing).
  • International Students for whom English is not their First Language
    • Completion of one of the following qualifications:
      • NZ Certificate in English Language (NZCEL) Academic Level 5
      • Graduate Certificate in English as an Additional Language (Unitec Qualification)
    • An overall IELTS band score (Academic Format) of 6.5 with a no band score lower than 6;
    • An overall TOEFL pBT (Paper-based Test) score of  590 (plus essay TWE of 5.5) OR an overall TOEFL iBT (Internet-based Test) score of 79 (plus writing score of 21);
    • Level C1 under the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR);
    • First Certificate in English (FCE) with a pass at Grade A OR Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) with a score of 58 or higher OR Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with a score of 45 or higher  under the Cambridge International standard tests of English as a foreign language;
    • Pearson Test of English (PToE) (Academic) with a score of 58;
    • City & Guilds Internal English for Speakers of Other Languages (IESOL) C1 Expert with a score of 42.