Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Early Years)

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Entry requirements

Please see the requirements for the Postgraduate Diploma in Education.

Specific Entry Requirements

If you do not hold an early childhood/early years or primary teaching qualification, your application should include a statement on (1) equivalent teaching experience with young children, (2) how previous academic qualification/background is relevant to the study of early years education. You should be aware that the PGDipEd (Early Years) is not a teaching qualification so does not lead to teacher registration.

Enrolment Note

Along with certified copies of academic transcripts and certificates, students are required to provide evidence of sufficient background experience. Along with certified copies of academic transcripts and certificates, you may be required to provide evidence of sufficient background experience. If you hold any other Bachelors degree and have no professional qualification in teaching you will need to provide a copy of your curriculum vitae (CV) to support your application.

For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.

Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Early Years) 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.

If you successfully complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Early Years) you may apply for entry into the Master of Education (Early Years), providing you have at least a B grade average and meet the specified criteria for entry to the Masters programme.


At least three of the following courses:

265.736 Quality in Early Years Education
265.737 Young Children and Their Families
265.738 Children’s Play and Learning in an Intentional Teaching Practice 
265.740 Advanced Studies on Learning in the Early Years

Up to 30 credits may be selected from the Elective Schedule for the PGDipEd or any of the other endorsement schedules (including Early Years).

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.

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