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Postgraduate Diploma in Education Endorsed in Tertiary Teaching

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On-Campus, Online

Level of Study

Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma

Next start date

Expected Jul 2024


University of Canterbury


The Postgraduate Diploma in Education is designed to provide opportunities to improve professional practice and examine critically significant issues in education.

Tertiary Teaching:

Our Tertiary Teaching endorsement is grounded in the concepts of ako and whanaungatanga. Our program aims to engage participants within a supportive community of practice to better understand academic practices central to the role of teaching and learning in order to support the success of diverse students in our 21st century Aotearoa tertiary education context.

Planning your Tertiary Teaching endorsement There are two study pathways for this endorsement. Each pathway has compulsory and recommended courses. The Master of Education 180 point coursework pathway consists of six courses totalling 180 points including compulsory courses EDME601 HEDN611, HEDN612, HEDN613, HEDN614, 30 points from EDEM628, EDEM633, EDEM614, 60 points from Schedule V and a minimum of 60 points from Level 9 courses within your 180 points. The Master of Education 180 point coursework and thesis pathway consists of compulsory course EDME601 HEDN611, HEDN612, HEDN613, HEDN614 and a 90 point thesis EDEM 690.

Further study

You may choose to proceed to the Master of Education or Master of Education (Thesis). UC also offers a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Education, and a Doctor of Education.

Career opportunities

Postgraduate study can bring many career benefits eg, specialist skills and enhanced knowledge, possible into specific occupations, higher starting salary/progression rates, research capability/achievement and evidence of high academic attainment/self-discipline.

Entry criteria

You must be approved for enrolment to the PGDipEd with 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

other qualifications of an equivalent standard.

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.

Applicants must also satisfy our English language entry requirements:

  • IELTS (Academic): Minimum overall score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in reading, writing, listening and speaking.
  • TOEFL (IBT): Minimum overall score of 90, with a minimum score of 19 in Reading, Listening and Writing.
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English - Academic): Overall score of 58 and no communicative skills score below 50.

Application deadline: At least 6 months before the planned start date.

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