Teaching and Learning – Postgraduate Diploma in Education

The Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Teaching and Learning) offers an exciting opportunity to study issues in education at postgraduate level.

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 Teaching and Learning for your Postgraduate Diploma in Education at Massey

Do you value life-long and life-wide learning? Do you want to advance your knowledge and deepen your research in educational issues, practices and/or policies?

This qualification will provide professional educators with the skills and ability to:

  • deepen their research knowledge
  • extend their understanding of teaching, learning and assessment practices.

Why study with us?

  • Contribute to the body of knowledge and the practice of teaching and learning in a range of educational contexts and sectors
  • Informed, effective teaching practices
  • A supportive, constructive environment for you to learn and further develop your understanding
  • Access to highly qualified experts.
  • Current and relevant thinking and research in teaching and learning
  • Massey University has extensive experience offering online, blended and distance qualifications.

Your qualification options

The Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Teaching and Learning) does not qualify you to be a teacher in New Zealand. Explore education study options at Massey and the qualification you need to become a teacher in our education pathways tool.

Planning information

Completing an endorsement is not compulsory.

A Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Teaching and Learning) 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.

Endorsement courses

Choose at least 90 credits from
Course code: 254702 Facing Big Questions in Education 30 credits

An interdisciplinary study of important questions around pedagogy, learning, curriculum and assessment, which challenge teachers in a variety of educational settings. The course will help teachers develop purposeful and practical connections between scholarly work and their own practice.

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Course code: 263701 Enhancing Teacher Learning and Mentoring 30 credits

An advanced study of teacher learning in which a teacher examines and alters their practice and influences others in light of research and professional learning literature.

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Course code: 263704 Advanced Studies in Motivation and Learning 30 credits

A study of learning and the applications of national and international theory and research within learning contexts with an emphasis on contemporary learning themes.

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Course code: 263705 Assessment for Learning and Teaching 30 credits

Contemporary New Zealand and international assessment theory, practice and policy are examined and critiqued with application for educators in their learning context.

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Course code: 263706 Adolescent Learning and Engagement 30 credits

An in-depth study of the developmental and learning needs of adolescent students and the implications for teaching, assessment and curriculum. Issues are critically examined, such as international and national trends in achievement for various groups of students, engaging students in learning, schooling options and transitions.

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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 (Teaching and Learning) 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 verified copies of all 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 hold 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.

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.

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

Where will your skills take you with the Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Teaching and Learning)?

A PGDipEd Teaching and Learning can lead to numerous opportunities, professionally and in voluntary positions in the community. It will enable you to research, question and develop your practice. Your skills and specialist teaching knowledge will always be highly valued.

Your skills will be in demand. Our graduates work in many educational areas such as:

  • education adviser
  • early childhood teacher
  • primary school teacher
  • secondary school teacher
  • tertiary lecturer
  • trainer.

Accreditations and rankings

QS Ranking - Education

Massey is ranked in the world's top 200 universities for education in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings.

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