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Postgraduate Diploma in Education

This course is available

On-Campus, Online

Level of Study

Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma


120 credit hours

Next start date

Expected Jul 2023


Victoria University of Wellington


Take your degree and experience to the next level and become an expert in your area of interest in education.

This programme is a great opportunity for educators, policy makers and those in related fields to complete a postgraduate qualification that can be designed to suit a specific field of interest, and fitted around work commitments.

Tailor your studies

Design your study to suit your career goals and commitments. Choose from a range of courses covering subjects such as multicultural and international education, educational policy and leadership, youth development, and M?ori, Pacific and indigenous education. Or you might explore the issues around sustainability and the environment in education, learn about evaluation and assessment, or develop your skills in teaching ESOL.

You can complete the Master of Education either by coursework or by a combination of coursework and a thesis or dissertation.

Or you can complete the coursework-based Postgraduate Certificate in Education or Postgraduate Diploma in Education.

If you are planning on doing a dissertation or thesis course, you'll need to achieve an average grade of B or above for all your other postgraduate courses and a B+ or better in EDUC 503.

Study your way

Take advantage of flexible study options and study completely online from anywhere in the world or take a mix of online and campus-based courses. You can also choose to study all your courses in person on campus.

Programme requirements

For this programme you’ll need to:

Complete 120 points, including:

Courses worth 120 points from:

EDUC 500-599, excluding Dissertation (EDUC 585) and Thesis (EDUC 590)

Evidence-Based Practice in Education (EPSY 530)

Promoting Positive Behaviour for Learning and Well-Being (EPSY 534)

Entry criteria

To be accepted into this programme you will need to meet:

Bachelor's degree in Education, Psychology or a related discipline, or an approved teacher education degree.

Proof of English proficiency

To be accepted into this programme you will need to meet one of the following:

IELTS: minimum overall score of 6.5 with no sub-score below 6.0

TOEFL: minimum score of 90 for the internet-based test with a minimum of 20 in writing

Pearson Test of English: minimum score of 58 (with a ‘Communicative’ score of not less than 50)

EPP: minimum final scores of 4,4,5,5

Application deadlines: Trimester 1 - 1 Dec; Trimester 2 - 1 May and Trimester 3 - 1 Sep.

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