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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 Feb 2023


Manawatu Campus


Develop the skills and knowledge to be a leader in early years education.

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 (Early Years) requires 120 credits.

If you study full-time, you’ll take 120 credits per year or 60 credits per semester.


Whether you are enhancing your career or broadening your knowledge, the Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Early Years) can lead to numerous opportunities, both professionally and in voluntary positions in the community. Your skills and teaching knowledge will always be highly valued.

Where will the Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Early Years) take you?

Get involved and use your skills to directly benefit the children you teach. Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Early Years) graduates work in many educational areas such as:

  • early childhood centres - leadership and management
  • resource Teacher: Learning and Behaviour
  • ministry roles
  • facilitation roles
  • professional development and in-service teacher education
  • social work
  • educational psychology
  • early intervention specialists
  • deputy principals
  • curriculum or syndicate leaders in junior primary
  • initial teacher education provider
  • researcher.

Entry criteria

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.

Students from a country where English is not the first language, must obtain a minimum English Language competency level.

  • IELTS score of 6.5 (no band less than 6.0)
  • TOEFL iBT score of 90 overall (min 20 in Writing)
  • PTE Academic score of 58 Overall (min 50 in communicative skills)
  • Cambridge English score of 176 overall and all bands 169 or better

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