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Specialise in Without Specialisation for your Postgraduate Diploma in Education at Massey
With Massey’s Postgraduate Diploma in Education, you’ll learn how to critically apply theory and research. You'll understand the complex dimensions of current educational issues, practices and/or policies in particular contexts. By reflecting on research, you’ll demonstrate skill in analysis, synthesis, and critical evaluation of teaching and learning.
Why study with us?
Massey uses an enquiry-based and inter-professional learning model. This results in best practice learning and teaching experiences and student learning outcomes. We employ a range of distance and blended learning delivery options. These provide flexible learning options for all students regardless of their location. You’ll be taught by highly qualified, well-regarded teachers who are supportive and provide a high level of pastoral care.
Massey’s Postgraduate Diploma in Education offers the largest number of endorsements of any postgraduate degree of its kind in New Zealand. Alternatively, you can follow an unendorsed pathway. This means you can choose from any of the courses in the endorsement areas or the elective schedule.
Your qualification options
Please note that the Postgraduate Diploma in Education 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.
A Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Without Specialisation) requires 120 credits. 30 credits will be compulsory courses and 90 credits will be selected from the specialisation and elective schedules. No more than one course from each specialisation can be selected.
If you study full-time, you’ll take 120 credits per year or 60 credits per semester.
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.
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
Course code: 254710 Ruia taitea: Transforming Education credits 15
This course introduces students to critical issues of education within a neo-colonial, settler society. Students examine key concepts such as social justice, cultural location, and the collective wellbeing in the context of education in Aotearoa New Zealand.View full course details
Research methods courses
Course code: 267721 Research Methodologies in Education credits 15
An advanced study of quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods research design in education. Theoretical and practical issues of research are studied under three course themes: context for research, research designs, data collection and analysis.View full course details
Course code: 267741 Indigenous Research Methodologies credits 15
A study of Māori research frameworks, philosophies and processes and an examination of their contribution to the growing body of indigenous scholarship as relevant to educational settings.View full course details
Course code: 249742 Neurodiversity in Education credits 30
A critical study of neurodiversity and its implications and applications in education.View full course details
Course code: 253753 Guidance in Education credits 30
A study of guidance in educational settings. Attention is given to the philosophical foundations of guidance, its social implications, organisation and roles. Intervention procedures for individuals and groups are examined.View full course details
Course code: 254744 Pacific Peoples and Education in New Zealand credits 30
A critical examination of current issues in education which affect Pacific Islands peoples in New Zealand. Students will consider the place of Pacific Islands peoples in New Zealand society and design strategies for meeting their educational needs within specified professional fields of interest.View full course details
Course code: 258720 Foundations of Literacy Education credits 30
An advanced study of the critical language skills and cognitive processes underpinning literacy and language acquisition. Consideration is given to distal factors that influence literacy and language acquisition, along with relevant policy and foundational documents. Implications for effective literacy practices are critically examined through current literature.View full course details
Course code: 258722 Understanding and Addressing Literacy Needs credits 30
A critical study of evidence-based practices for identifying and working with learners with literacy learning needs. This includes understanding the learner within a context to respond appropriately. Opportunity is provided for exploration of teaching practices that are effective in enhancing progress and equity.View full course details
Course code: 259771 Educational Leadership in Action credits 30
A study of leadership in action including reflective practice, and professional and curriculum leadership, based on selected organisational and policy contexts.View full course details
Course code: 259772 Theory and Process in Educational Leadership credits 30
A critical examination of discourses, policies and practices of educational governance, leadership and reform.View full course details
Course code: 261760 Digital Education and Design for Learning credits 30
This course critically explores ways of framing the design of digitally-enhanced learning situations through three components: the crafting of learning tasks, the digital and material tools and spaces for learning, and the social arrangements that organise learners and encourage cooperative activity. Students discuss selected approaches, techniques, and tools of relevance to those designing for other people’s learning in diverse contexts.View full course details
Course code: 261765 Trends in Digital Education credits 30
This course critically explores how learning and pedagogical practices co-evolve with technological innovations, drawing on contemporary learning theories and empirical research in diverse learning contexts. Central themes in this course include critical issues in digital education, teaching & learning in a networked society, and how new/emerging technologies influence processes of learning and transformation.View full course details
Course code: 261766 Teaching and Digital Education credits 30
This course explores the use of digital technologies in teaching and learning in diverse professional contexts. It critically examines how digital technologies can be used to support and enhance teaching, learning, and assessment. The course will scope a range of topics related to digital education, including theories, perspectives, principles and pedagogical approaches for diverse learners and learning situations.View full course details
Course code: 263704 Advanced Studies in Motivation and Learning credits 30
A study of learning and the applications of national and international theory and research within learning contexts with an emphasis on contemporary learning themes.View full course details
Course code: 263705 Assessment for Learning and Teaching credits 30
Contemporary New Zealand and international assessment theory, practice and policy are examined and critiqued with application for educators in their learning context.View full course details
Course code: 265736 Informed Practice in Early Years Education credits 30
This course offers a critical study of the notions of quality in learning settings from infancy through to early school years. Content focuses on how to engage with and interpret different forms of evidence, including research, to inform practice. Opportunity is provided for exploration of key issues and implications for pedagogical leadership.View full course details
Course code: 265737 Young Children, Families, Whānau and Communities credits 30
This course offers a critical study of theory, research and policy relating to young children, families, whānau and communities. Content includes exploration of key theoretical perspectives, longitudinal research, and national and international policy that influences the lives of children, families, and whānau. Implications for young children, their families and whānau in the context of education and community will be explored.View full course details
Course code: 265738 Fostering Children’s Learning Through Play-based Pedagogy credits 30
This course introduces students to teaching practices in education settings from infancy through to early school years. Content includes the significance of intentional teaching and play in early childhood education and school settings as well as play-based, social-emotional, place-based and inquiry-based pedagogies. Opportunity is provided to critically examine pedagogy focused on te tiriti based partnerships, localised curriculum and culturally responsive practice in Aotearoa New Zealand.View full course details
Course code: 269711 Policy and Development in Māori Education credits 30
The course provides a critical analysis of policies for Māori education and of selected education policies which impact on Māori education. The role of the state and of school, urban and iwi communities of influence in relation to particular perceptions of Māori, and therefore of appropriate educational policy and development and practice will be explored.View full course details
Course code: 269733 Mana Motuhake: Contemporary Issues in Māori & Indigenous Education credits 30
An analysis of power, politics and resistance that underpin a range of contemporary and topical social issues which impact on Māori and/or indigenous education. A critical examination of the role of advocacy, activism and protest in advancing Māori and indigenous rights and aspirations in the context of education.View full course details
Course code: 269734 Mana Whānau: Whānau Engagement in Education credits 30
A critical examination of the role of whanau participation in education and the ways in which educators, educational institutions and organisations are able to engage with their Māori community to ensure successful social, cultural and educational outcomes for their Māori students within the paradigm of whanau ora.View full course details
Course code: 269735 Mana Kura: Leadership in Māori Education credits 30
A critical examination of traditional and contemporary forms of Māori professional, personal and cultural leadership and the role of iwi, community and tribal organisations in educational governance.View full course details
Course code: 276700 Developing Mathematical Inquiry Communities credits 30
An in-depth study of the research, theory and evidence-based practices associated with mathematical inquiry aimed at raising student achievement. Participants will analytically investigate how mathematical inquiry learning communities are constructed and how they support all learners to engage in mathematics at a high level of achievement.View full course details
Course code: 276731 STEM in Education and Society credits 30
Students will develop scholarship, engagement, and teaching in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).View full course details
Course code: 276782 Mathematics in Schooling and Society credits 30
An exploration of the role of mathematics in education and society. Participants will critically examine the nature of mathematics, and develop understanding of a range of theories of learning drawn from different worldviews related to mathematics education. This will include a focus on learning trajectories for key mathematical concepts.View full course details
Course code: 276785 Making Mathematics Accessible credits 30
An in-depth study of the research, theory and evidence-based practices associated with equitable classroom practices that make mathematics accessible for all learners.View full course details
Admission to Massey
All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.
To enter the Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Without Specialisation) 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 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.
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.
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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.
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