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Postgraduate Certificate in Education

University of Auckland
0.5 years
Graduate diploma / certificate
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Program description

Start your postgraduate study in Education from any related diploma or undergraduate degree. Complete two courses and receive a qualification that allows you to focus on an area of interest or practice in Education.

Programme overview

This certificate is designed to be taken part-time by busy teachers and cross-sector professionals with an education focus to their work. Complete just two courses to gain your first postgraduate qualification. A broad range of courses is available: from digital learning, mentoring, and early childhood, through to educational change, literacy, sport, health and wellbeing, second language learning and supporting Māori learners.

Flexible delivery options and learning modes are also available to meet the increasingly diverse needs of our communities. Students with a GPA of 5 or higher who wish to go into further study can credit the postgraduate certificate courses towards a Master of Education, provided the certificate has not been awarded.

Programme structure

You can choose two 30-point courses from a wide variety of courses in your area of interest ranging from contemporary pedagogies, Māori/indigenous language revitalisation, and issues in literacy education, through to meeting the needs of gifted learners, social psychology of the classroom, assessment for learning and teaching, counselling and pastoral care and practitioner inquiry. This will help build your understanding and expertise in an area of interest or professional practice.


60 points from a range of courses in Education Curriculum Studies; Education Practice; Education Professional Studies Māori; Education Professional Studies; Education Special; Education; Education Māori; or Social Work Child and Family Practice.

For those being admitted based on a non-education bachelors degree, you must include one of the following courses in your certificate: Contemporary Pedagogies (EDCURRIC 700); Special Topic: Being Māori, Thinking Theory (EDPROFM 700); Curriculum: Theory, Issues, Practice (EDPROFST 777); or Educational Psychology (EDUC 741).

Where could this programme take you?

This certificate will enable professionals across the education sector to build their understanding and expertise in an area of interest or practice. An ideal next step in professional development, it can qualify you for more advanced responsibilities or a higher salary grade than a three-year bachelors degree. This qualification will not lead to teacher registration. If you complete this certificate with a GPA of 5 or higher, you can credit the courses passed to the Master of Education, provided the certificate has not been awarded.

Jobs related to this programme

  • Communities of Learning (CoLs) leader
  • Education sector leader
  • Human resources practitioner
  • Trainer in organisations

Further study options

  • Master of Education
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Education
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Leadership

Admission requirements

You must have completed an undergraduate degree in education from a recognised university (or similar institution) with a GPE of 3.0.

Or, you can gain entry if you have a relevant professional qualification in education (such as a one-year postgraduate qualification in teaching) and two years teaching experience as approved by the Head of School.

IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.5; Internet-based TOEFL (iBT): Overall score of 90 and written score of 21; Paper-based TOEFL: Overall score of 575 and an Essay (TWE) of 4.5; Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) or Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE): Overall score of 176 and no bands below 169; Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: Overall score of 58 and no PTE Communicative score below 50; Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes (FCertEAP): Grade of B-; Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): 85.

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University of Auckland

University of Auckland

Established in 1883, the University of Auckland is New Zealand's leading, research-led university. In the QS Stars rating, the University of Auckland is rated as a Five Stars Plus institution for excellence in the categories: Research, Employability, Teaching, Facilities, Internationalisation,...

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