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Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Counselling and Guidance)

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Entry requirements

Please see the requirements for the Postgraduate Diploma in Education.

For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.

Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Counselling and Guidance) structure

This endorsement will carry the award of Distinction or Merit if completed at a satisfactory standard within one year of first enrolling in full-time study or within three years of first enrolling in part-time study. A 120 credit postgraduate diploma must be completed within a maximum of four years.

On completion of the Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Counselling and Guidance) students with a minimum B average may be eligible to apply for selection into the Master of Counselling Studies.

Note: Students intending to apply for the Master of Counselling Studies should be strengthening their applications by engaging in practical counselling activities alongside their PGDipEd (Counselling and Guidance) studies.

See the  Counselling and Guidance Information Handbook (533 KB) for further details


Two compulsory courses:
253.750 Counselling Theory
253.755 Culture and Counselling

At least one of the following courses:
253.753 Guidance in Education
253.754 Family and Couples Counselling

Up to 30 credits may be selected from the Elective Schedule for the PGDipEd or any of the other endorsement schedules (including Counselling and Guidance), or from approved Rehabilitation Studies (147.7xx) or Psychology (175.7xx) courses.


On satisfactory completion of the Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Counselling and Guidance) with a minimum B average, you may be eligible to apply for selection into the Master of Counselling Studies, please refer to the courses website for further information.

If you are intending to progress to the Master of Counselling degree you should complete 30 credits of research methods papers as part of this diploma, with preference given to the courses:
267.782 Quantitative Research in Education
267.783 Qualitative Research in Education

Approval may be sought to replace either of these with one of:
267.741 Indigenous Research Methodologies
267.740 Mixed Methods Research in Education

You also need to be aware that neither the core or elective Counselling & Guidance courses are offered in Semester Two. 

To find out how to plan your study and/or see what courses are necessary to complete your programme, please check the regulations. It will display the regulator information for the programme you have selected.

If you would like to find out more about individual course requirements, please use our Course search.

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