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Postgraduate Diploma in Education
Postgraduate Diploma in Education

Postgraduate Diploma in Education

  • ID:UC640063
  • Level:Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma
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Admission Requirements

Entry requirements

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.

English requirements

  • IELTS: Academic with an average score of 7.0, with a minimum of 7.0 in reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • TOEFL iBT: Total minimum score of 94, with at least 24 in reading, 27 in writing, 24 in listening and 23 speaking
  • CAE or CPE: minimum score of 185 with at least 185 in reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): PTE with an overall score of 65 and no PTE communicative skills score below 65

Course Information

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 (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2019).

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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
  • Leadership
  • Literacy
  • 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 Te Rāngai Ako me te Hauora | College of Education, Health and Human Development website.

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Pre Courses

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Pathway Courses

Pathways include:

  • Master of Education
  • Doctor of Education (EdD)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

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.

Ability to settle

Overseas Student Health Cover

Insurance/year: 700 NZD/per year

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