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Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Leadership

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Level of Study

Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma


1 year

Next start date

Expected Feb 2024


Epsom Campus


Grow your leadership capabilities to lead learning and provide high-quality, equitable learning opportunities for children and young people.

Programme overview

This programme is designed to develop the knowledge and skills that aspiring and current educational leaders need to meet the need for high-quality, equitable learning opportunities for all children.

The courses are taught by nationally and internationally respected academic staff whose research has had a considerable impact on New Zealand's educational policy and practice.


Equips you with skills and knowledge to advance your leadership, career and salary prospects.

Includes opportunities for workplace projects.

Can be taken as a stand-alone qualification or as a pathway into the Master of Educational Leadership.

Programme structure

Most courses are delivered through weekly lectures and on-campus block courses. Some courses are offered online as flexible self-directed study.

Requirement: 120 points

30-point core course: EDPROFST 738 Educational Leadership

An approved Research Methods course (30 points): EDUCSW 700 Research Methodologies or EDUC 787 Maori and Indigenous Research.

Two 30-point courses (60 points total) from recommended elective courses below or other 700-level courses approved by the Programme Head:

Elective courses

Special Topic: Leadership for Learning (EDCURRIC 718)

Special Topic: Accelerating Learning (EDCURRIC 740)

Early Years Pedagogy (EDPROFST 716)

Education Law: Policy Implications (EDPROFST 737)

Educational Policy and Organisations (EDPROFST 739)

Educational Leadership in the Electronic Age (EDPROFST 740)

ECE Curriculum Issues (EDPROFST 751)

Mentoring Teachers EDPROFST 762)

Developing Mentoring Expertise (EDPROFST 769)

Education and Empowerment (EDPROFST 774)

Educational Change (EDPROFST 782)

Special Topic: Culturally Responsive Leadership (EDUC 732)

See taught courses available at the faculty for your programme.

You'll also need to meet other requirements, including time limits and total points limits. See Postgraduate enrolment.

Where could this programme take you?

This programme provides you with the knowledge and skills needed to be an outstanding leader in the education sector.

Jobs related to this programme

Education consultant

Policy development manager (education)

Professional development facilitator

School head of department

School principal

School senior leadership team member

Senior teacher

Further study options

Master of Educational Leadership

Master of Education

Master of Professional Studies

Entry criteria

You must have completed an undergraduate degree from a recognised university (or similar institution) and a professional qualification in teaching (or similar profession).

You will also need at least three years’ practical experience in teaching (or in a related profession) including experience in a formal or informal leadership and/or management role.

Note: If you already hold the same or a substantially similar qualification, you may not be admitted to this programme. This includes the Master of Education in Educational Administration, the Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Management and the Master of Educational Management at the University of Auckland.

IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.5 and no bands less than 6.0; Internet-based TOEFL (iBT): Overall score of 90 and written score of 21; Paper-based TOEFL: Overall score of 68 and a writing score of 21; 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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