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Postgraduate Diploma in Education Endorsed in Inclusive and Special Education

This course is available


Level of Study

Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma


1 year

Next start date

Expected Jul 2023


University of Canterbury


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

Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDipEd) endorsed in Inclusive and Special Education are designed for teachers and other interested education professionals who wish to develop their knowledge and skills in relation to inclusion and diversity in education.

Developed by leading educators at the University of Canterbury, the programmes are designed to provide students with the theory, knowledge, and skills to develop their professional knowledge and practice and to enable them to critically examine significant issues related to inclusive and special education and diversity, and, for those enrolled in the MEd programme, undertake research in this field.

The courses and coursework specific to this endorsement cover a range of subjects including philosophy, history and theory in inclusive education, teaching strategies, assessment techniques, and curriculum adaptation and culturally inclusive pedagogy with a particular focus on supporting Maori students and those from a range of cultural backgrounds. Critical and current issues related to inclusive and special education more broadly are also examined.

The courses for this endorsement include:

Required course:

  • EDEM 620 Inclusive and Special Education

Other course options:

  • EDEM 618 Dyslexia: Identification and Intervention
  • EDEM 622 Teaching and Learning in Inclusive Settings
  • EDEM 624 Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • EDEM 685 Culturally Inclusive Pedagogies: Motivating Diverse Learners.

Further study

Students may proceed to the Master of Education. UC also offers a Doctor of Philosophy 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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