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Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Early Years)

Key facts

  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Available for international students via distance learning

Be a leader in education

With Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Early Years) you’ll develop the skills and knowledge to be a leader in early years education.

Find out more about the Postgraduate Diploma in Education parent structure.

What is it like?

Postgraduate study in early years is of particular value for early childhood educators and early years teachers, facilitators of early childhood professional development, tertiary teachers in early childhood education/early years programmes, and other professionals involved in the education of young children from birth to eight.

This qualification builds upon prior knowledge and experience in early years educational settings, and supports you to further develop your own understandings and teaching practices through engagement with research, theory, and other professionals.

Why study with us?

Join us to take your learning to the next level and achieve your goals in education.

You will:

  • challenge and enhance your knowledge
  • enjoy extensive networking opportunities with other early years educators
  • focus on children from birth to eight, including the transition to school
  • have the opportunity to participate in and access current and relevant research in a supportive environment
  • choose from specialist and specific topics designed for your context and interests
  • benefit from Massey University’s extensive experience offering online, blended and distance qualifications

Massey is ranked in the world’s top 150 universities for education in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) ranking.

Your qualification options

Please note that the Postgraduate Diploma in Education does not qualify you to be a teacher in New Zealand. If you want to be a teacher, you will also need to take a postgraduate teaching qualification. Please explore your options in our education pathways tool.

A good fit if you:

  • Want to engage with other teachers and professionals who want to keep learning
  • Are passionate about early years teaching and children’s learning
  • Want to access current and relevant research and thinking in early years
  • Want to build on your knowledge and enhance your professional skills


Whether you are enhancing your career or broadening your knowledge, the Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Early Years) can lead to numerous opportunities, both professionally and in voluntary positions in the community. Your skills and teaching knowledge will always be highly valued.

Where will the Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Early Years) take you?

Get involved and use your skills to directly benefit the children you teach. Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Early Years) graduates work in many educational areas such as:

  • Early childhood centres - leadership and management
  • Resource Teacher: Learning and Behaviour
  • Ministry roles
  • Facilitation roles
  • Professional development and in-service teacher education
  • Social work
  • Educational psychology
  • Early intervention specialists
  • Deputy principals
  • Curriculum or syndicate leaders in junior primary
  • Initial teacher education provider
  • Researcher

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