Improve your students’ learning
The Postgraduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching and Learning equips you to better meet the demands of teaching in the tertiary environment. This qualification helps you play a full and informed teaching role in your discipline and institution.
- Postgraduate, NZQF Level 8
- Only available part-time over one year
The programme focuses on your specific needs and requirements in your teaching roles. It integrates a strong practical dimension aimed at developing teaching expertise with relevant theory and scholarship.
Why study with us?
- learn more about tertiary teaching
- get new ideas about teaching in a wide range of contexts and with students from diverse backgrounds
- apply new ideas about teaching to your subject area
- discuss ideas about teaching with colleagues
- get a recognised university teaching qualification
- benefit from Massey University’s extensive experience offering qualifications in online, blended and distance modes.
Your qualification options
Please note that the Postgraduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching and Learning does not qualify you to be a teacher. Explore education study options at Massey and the qualification you need to become a teacher in our education pathways tool.
Careers and further study
Where might the PGCertTTL take you?
A Postgraduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching and Learning can enhance your career opportunities as it indicates you have successfully studied aspects of tertiary teaching.
Graduates find work or enhance their careers in many educational areas such as:
- lecturers in institutes of technology, polytechnics, wānanga and universities (universities usually require a PhD in your subject too)
- tutors in private training establishments
- trainers in the workplace
- facilitators in community adult education.
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.
Once you have completed the PGCertTTL, if you have an approved undergraduate degree and relevant experience, you can continue onto the:
All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.
To enter the Postgraduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching and Learning you will have:
- been awarded or qualified for a completed bachelor’s degree or equivalent
- at least two years full-time relevant professional experience or equivalent
- access to tertiary-level learners and/or teaching contexts during the time you are enrolled in the certificate.
You will need to provide verified copies of all academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey University.
You must also supply a current curriculum vitae (CV) outlining evidence of professional experience and access to tertiary-level learners.
English language requirements
To study this programme you must meet Massey University's English language standards.
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 programmes that may help.
Courses and planning
- Compulsory courses – 60 credits
Courses for this programme
Planning your programme
The Postgraduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching and Learning is awarded without specialisation.
You will study part-time over two semesters.
You must complete the Postgraduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching and Learning within two years.
With permission, course 273.785 Assessment and Evaluation in Tertiary Education may be substituted with a relevant course from the Master of Education Schedule that deals predominantly with the teaching of a specific discipline at the tertiary level.
Maximum time limits for completion
There are maximum time limits to complete some undergraduate and all 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.
- 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.
Already know which courses you're going to choose?
If you already know which courses you are going to take, you can use our fees calculator to get an estimate of your fees.
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 will find their National Student Number on their student homepage.
A good fit if you:
- want to enhance your tertiary teaching
- want to extend your tertiary teaching knowledge and skills.
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.