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Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Leadership

This course is available


Level of Study

Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma


1 year

Next start date

Expected Jul 2023


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 at Epsom Campus. 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) from either EDPROFST 757 Undertaking Research for School Improvement, or EDUC 787 Undertaking Research for School Improvement
  • 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 Professional Expertise (EDPROFST 769)
  • Education and Empowerment (EDPROFST 774)
  • Educational Change (EDPROFST 782)
  • Special Topic: Culturally Responsive Leadership (EDUC 732)

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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