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Take your passion for education further
Develop the skills and knowledge you need to progress your career as an educational leader.
- Postgraduate, NZQF Level 8
- 1 year(s) full-time. Available part-time.
- Available for international students via distance learning
The Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Educational Administration and Leadership) will build on your professional experience as an aspiring, middle or experienced leader. It will help you create and sustain ethical, inclusive and socially just learning environments. It is an applied programme. It prepares teachers and leaders in early childhood, primary, secondary and tertiary contexts for taking the lead in their educational settings.
Learn from the best
Massey is a leading provider of postgraduate qualifications in educational administration and leadership. We have more than 30 years’ experience in the field. You will gain insights into your own leadership practices through analysing the latest theories, policies and practices. Our teachers are experienced and inspirational practitioners with deep specialist knowledge.
Massey is a leader in distance learning. You will stay in contact with your teachers and peers through our collaborative on-line learning environment. Distance learning lets you fit your study round your life and commitments. You can study anywhere, anytime, full or part-time, whatever suits you.
Your qualification options
Please note that the Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Educational Administration and Leadership) does not qualify you to be a teacher in New Zealand. Explore education study options at Massey and the qualification you need to become a teacher in our education pathways tool.
Careers and further study
Graduates of the Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Educational Administration and Leadership) are commonly working as teachers, advisers, coordinators, registrars or principals in school or tertiary settings.
All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.
To enter the Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Educational Administration and Leadership) you will:
- have been awarded or qualified for the Bachelor of Education, or equivalent; or
- have been awarded or qualified for any other bachelor’s degree or equivalent, and hold a professional qualification in teaching; or
- have been awarded or qualified for any other bachelor’s degree or equivalent, and have professional experience relevant to the intended postgraduate subject.
You will need to provide verified copies of all academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey University.
You may be required to provide evidence of sufficient background experience.
If you hold any other bachelor’s degree or equivalent and have no professional qualification in teaching you will need to provide a copy of your curriculum vitae (CV) to support your application.
English language requirements
To study this programme you must meet Massey University's English language standards.
Specific Entry Requirements
A CV must be provided and should show some leadership/management experience in an educational environment (eg Special Education Needs Coordinator (SENCO), Syndicate Leader, Nursing Programme Leader at a Polytechnic, Training Manager in a Hospital, Private Training Organisation (PTO) Team Leader, Head of Human resources in an educational environment, etc).
The Educational Administration and Leadership qualification needs students to have some leadership experience, so if you could include a section under employment on your leadership/management responsibilities that would be great. You can list any instances where you have led people or led projects, either at school or outside school perhaps in your current role. You need to be able to show two years of this type of experience.
Prior learning, credit and exemptions
For information on prior learning, exemptions and transfer of credit or other questions:
- review the Recognition of Prior Learning regulations
- contact us through the Enquire button on this page.
If you do not have the entry requirements
English language and foundation courses
If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, we have courses and qualifications that may help.
Courses and planning
- Courses from the Schedule – 90 credits
- Elective(s) from the Schedule – 30 credits
A specialisation (endorsement) is optional, requiring at least 90 credits from the endorsement.
Courses for this specialisation
Planning your programme
Completing an endorsement is not compulsory.
A Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Educational Administration and Leadership) requires 120 credits.
If you study full-time, you’ll take 120 credits per year or 60 credits per semester.
Maximum time limits for completion
There are maximum time limits to complete postgraduate qualifications. If you do not complete within the maximum time, you may be required to re-apply for the programme if you wish to continue your studies.
Time limits for Honours, Distinction and Merit
Where your qualification is completed within the stated time limit and to a high standard, you may be able to graduate with a class of Honours, Distinction or Merit.
- Look for information under ‘Student Progression’ in the General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas and Postgraduate Certificates.
- Contact us through the Enquire button on this page if you have any questions.
Fees and scholarships
Fees and finance
Fees, student loans and free fees scheme
Your tuition fees may be different depending on the courses you choose. Your exact fees will show once you have chosen your courses.
There will also be some compulsory non-tuition fees and for some courses, there may also be charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.
- Get an estimate of the tuition fees for your qualification
- View a list of non-tuition fees that may be payable
Already know which courses you're going to choose?
You can view fees for the courses that make up your qualification on the course details pages.
Student loans (StudyLink) and Fees Free scheme
You may be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.
The New Zealand Government offers fees-free tertiary study for eligible domestic students. Find out more about the scheme and your eligibility on the Fees Free website. To use the site's eligibility checking tool, you will need your National Student Number.
Current and returning Massey students can find their National Student Number in the student portal.
A good fit if you:
- are passionate about teaching and learning
- are an educational leader or aspiring to a leadership role.
Accreditations and rankings
Massey is ranked in the world's top 200 universities for education in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings.
Key information for students
Compare qualifications and academic information across different New Zealand institutions.
Review this important information before you apply for this programme. This gives you full details of the rules and regulations about what you need to study and what you must achieve in order to graduate with this qualification. That includes structure, courses and requirements. These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the below.
Applying and enrolling
Applying for the programme
Check you are ready
If you are ready to apply, have a look at our application checklist. It will help you get prepared with what you need. Please also check the entry requirements carefully before you apply.
Choose your programme and click on Apply now
You will apply for the programme using the Apply now button on this page. You’ll also choose your specialisation (major, subject or endorsement) if applicable.
Some programmes have additional requirements such as the submission of a portfolio or CV. Click on Apply now and you will be able to submit those documents as part of the application process.
Receive and accept an Admission Offer of Place
You will receive an Admission Offer of Place when you have been accepted into the programme. You need to accept this before you can enrol in your courses. International students also need to pay their fees at this point.
Enrolling in courses
You’ll then get access to your own student homepage (also known as the student portal). This is where you can enrol in courses. Any updates on your application or enrolments will also be on your student homepage. Make sure you check this regularly.
When you choose courses, ensure you check for any requirements that apply including:
- prerequisites (courses you have to do before the one you are enrolling in)
- corequisites (courses you have to do at the same time as the one you are enrolling in)
- restrictions (courses that you cannot enrol in if you are completing or have completed another identified similar course)
- location – for instance some distance-based courses still have an on-campus element, so double check that the way the course is taught is suitable for your situation.
Each of our courses has its own webpage where you can find this information. You can use our course search to find course pages.
More information on courses is in the ‘Courses for this programme’ section on this page.
You can find information on application due dates and semester dates on the key dates page.
We look forward to welcoming you to Massey!
If you have any questions, contact us through the Enquire button on this page.
What are courses and credits?
What are courses and credits?
Each Massey programme is made up of courses (in some tertiary institutions they are called ‘papers’).
You will have some compulsory courses and some you can choose from.
Each course is worth a certain amount of credits (often 15 credits, but this does vary). You must gain a set number of credits to be able to graduate from this programme.
There may also be some rules about which courses you need to pass to progress to the next year, or stage, of your study (known as progression). There are also courses you must pass to graduate with a specialisation.
- See the ‘Courses for this programme’ section for the list of courses.
- Courses search
Understanding course numbers
The first three digits of our course numbers show you which subject the course is about.
The second three digits show you the level and course ID number. For instance:
- sub-degree courses are '0' (i.e. xxx.0xx)
- undergraduate study begins at 100-level, (i.e. xxx.1xx)
- as you progress through 200- and 300-level courses this number changes to 2 and 3 respectively. The higher the number that starts the second three digits, the higher the level of study.
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Workload and time management
Use this tool to help determine how much time you will need each week to complete your studies.
For returning students, there may be changes to the majors and minors available and the courses you need to take. Go to the section called ‘Transitional Provisions’ in the Regulations to find out more.
In some cases the programme or specialisation you enrolled in may no longer be taking new enrolments, so may not appear on these web pages. To find information on the regulations for these programmes go to the Massey University Calendar.
Please contact us through the Enquire button on this page if you have any questions.
Scholarships and awards
There are a number of scholarships available for new and current students. They could relate to your situation, achievement or interest.