Educational Administration and Leadership – Postgraduate Diploma in Education

Develop the skills and knowledge you need to progress your career as an educational leader.

Where you can study

Distance and online

International students

International students are not New Zealand citizens or residents.

Definition of New Zealand citizens and residents

Open to international students studying online from outside New Zealand

Specialise in Educational Administration and Leadership for your Postgraduate Diploma in Education at Massey

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 qualification. 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.

Flexible learning

Massey is a leader in distance learning. You will stay in contact with your teachers and peers through our collaborative online learning environment. Distance learning lets you fit your study around 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. If you wish to become a teacher, see the Graduate Diploma of Learning and Teaching.

A Postgraduate Diploma in Education in Educational Administration and Leadership is a good fit if you:

  • are passionate about teaching and learning
  • are an educational leader or aspiring to a leadership role.

Planning information

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.

Official regulations

To understand what you need to study and must complete to graduate read the official rules and regulations for this qualification.

You should read these together with all other relevant Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas, and Postgraduate Certificates.

Returning students

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 qualification 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 qualifications go to the Massey University Calendar.

Please contact us through the Get advice button on this page if you have any questions.

Courses you can enrol in

Course planning key

Courses that need to be completed before moving onto a course at the next level. For example, a lot of 200-level courses have 100-level prerequisite courses.
Courses that must be completed at the same time as another course are known as corequisite courses.
Some courses are restricted against each other because their content is similar. This means you can only choose one of the offered courses to study and credit to your qualification.

Core courses for the Postgraduate Diploma in Education

As well as the specialisation courses listed below, this qualification has core courses that you will need to complete.

Postgraduate Diploma in Education core courses

Educational Administration courses

Endorsement courses

Choose at least 60 credits from
Course code: 254770 Valuing Relationships and Practices in Educational Contexts, Settings and Communities 30 credits

A critical study of Western, Māori and indigenous approaches to the leadership of relationships and professional practice in the context of global demands for increased accountability, standardisation, and control in education.

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Course code: 259771 Educational Leadership in Action 30 credits

A study of leadership in action including reflective practice, and professional and curriculum leadership, based on selected organisational and policy contexts.

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Course code: 259772 Theory and Process in Educational Leadership 30 credits

A critical examination of discourses, policies and practices of educational governance, leadership and reform.

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Entry requirements

Admission to Massey

All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.

Specific requirements

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 copies of all official 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 are applying on the basis of “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.

Your CV should show some leadership/management experience in an educational environment (eg Special Education Needs Coordinator (SENCO), Syndicate Leader, Nursing Qualification Leader at a Polytechnic, Training Manager in a Hospital, Private Training Organisation (PTO) Team Leader, Head of Human resources in an educational environment, etc). 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.

International students

There is one intake each year for study commencing in February.

English language requirements

To study this qualification you must meet Massey University's English language standards.

English language skills

If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, see our English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses.

Fees and scholarships

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?

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.

Scholarship and award opportunities

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Fees disclaimer

This information is for estimation purposes only. Actual fees payable will be finalised on confirmation of enrolment. Unless otherwise stated, all fees shown are quoted in New Zealand dollars and include Goods and Services Tax, if any. Before relying on any information on these pages you should also read the University's Disclaimer Notice.

Careers and job opportunities

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.

Accreditations and rankings

QS Ranking - Education

Massey is ranked in the world's top 250 universities for education in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings.

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