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Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Early Years)

This course is available


Level of Study

Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma


1 year

Next start date

Expected Jul 2024


Manawatu Campus


Specialise in Early Years for your Postgraduate Diploma in Education at Massey

Postgraduate study in early years is of particular value for:

early childhood educators and early years teachers

facilitators of early childhood professional development

tertiary teachers in early childhood education/early years programmes

other professionals involved in the education of young children from birth to eight.

This qualification builds upon prior knowledge and experience in early years educational settings. It supports you to further develop your own teaching practices through engagement with research, theory, and other professionals.

Why study with us?

Join us to take your learning to the next level and achieve your goals in education.

You will:

challenge and enhance your knowledge

enjoy extensive networking opportunities with other early years educators

focus on children from birth to eight, including the transition to school

have the opportunity to participate in and access current and relevant research in a supportive environment

choose from specialist and specific topics designed for your context and interests

benefit from Massey University’s extensive experience offering online, blended and distance qualifications

Your qualification options

Please note that the Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Early Years) does not qualify you to be a teacher in New Zealand. Explore education study options at Massey and the qualification you need to become a teacher in our education pathways tool.

A Postgraduate Diploma in Education in Early Years is a good fit if you:

want to engage with other teachers and professionals who want to keep learning

want to access current and relevant research and thinking in early years

want to build on your knowledge and enhance your professional skills.

Entry criteria

All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.

Specific requirements

To enter the Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Early Years) you will:

have been awarded or qualified for the Bachelor of Education, or equivalent; or

have been awarded or qualified for any other bachelor's degree or equivalent, and hold a professional qualification in teaching; or

have been awarded or qualified for any other bachelor's degree or equivalent, and have professional experience relevant to the intended postgraduate subject.

You will need to provide verified copies of all academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey University.

You may be required to provide evidence of sufficient background experience.

If you hold any other bachelor's degree or equivalent and have no professional qualification in teaching you will need to provide a copy of your curriculum vitae (CV) to support your application.

International English Language Requirements:

  • IELTS - 6.5 overall and minimum 6.0 in each band
  • TOEFL iBT – Overall score 90, minimum 20 in Writing
  • Cambridge English - C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a score of 176. No less than 169 in each skill.
  • NCEL - Level 5
  • PTE - 58 overall and minimum 50 in each communicative skills
  • LanguageCert - C1 Expert IESOL (LRWS) with HIGH PASS and no less than Pass in each skill or C2 Mastery IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill

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