Without Specialisation – Postgraduate Diploma in Education

Extend your professional knowledge, explore new developments, and enhance your contribution to the education field.

Where you can study

Distance and online

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Open to international students studying online from outside New Zealand

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.

Planning information

A Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Without Specialisation) requires 120 credits.

If you study full-time, you’ll take 120 credits per year or 60 credits per semester.

Progressing to the Master of Counselling Studies

If you are intending to progress to the Master of Counselling Studies degree you should complete 30 credits of research methods courses as part of this diploma, comprising any two of the following:

  • 267782 Quantitative Research in Education
  • 267783 Qualitative Research in Education
  • 267741 Indigenous Research Methodologies
  • 267740 Mixed Methods Research in Education.

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.

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Courses you can enrol in

Course planning key

Prerequisites
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.
Corequisites
Courses that must be completed at the same time as another course are known as corequisite courses.
Restrictions
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.

120 credits from

Course code: 249741 Assessment and Planning for Learners with Diverse Needs 30 credits

A study of contemporary assessment and programming practices for students with special needs. The implications of theory and research for teaching practice will be stressed.

Restrictions: 186741

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Course code: 249742 Teaching Methods for Learners with Diverse Needs 30 credits

A study of contemporary teaching approaches for different areas of special needs, with a particular emphasis on the implications of theory and research for teaching practice.

Restrictions: 186742

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Course code: 249744 Understanding Learners with Behaviour Difficulties 30 credits

An advanced study of emotional and behavioural difficulties. Major topics include terminology, definition, classification, contributing causes, theoretical perspectives, behavioural characteristics, educational and ethical considerations, and remediation with a focus on the ecological perspective.

Restrictions: 186744

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Course code: 253750 Counselling Theory 30 credits

A study of the theoretical bases of counselling. The course examines the place of counselling in society, its philosophical foundations, empirical status and major principles. Particular emphasis is given to selected approaches.

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Course code: 253753 Guidance in Education 30 credits

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.

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Course code: 253754 Family and Couples Counselling 30 credits

A study of the theoretical bases of family and couples counselling. Attention is given to the concepts of 'family' and 'couple' and to systems theory. The processes of counselling families and couples are examined with regard to various approaches.

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Course code: 253755 Culture and Counselling 30 credits

An examination of the significance of culture in counselling. A multicultural perspective is adopted but with particular attention to the context in Aotearoa/New Zealand.

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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: 254706 Advanced Studies in Curriculum Policy and Practice 30 credits

A study of historical and contemporary curriculum from formation to practice. Changes in curriculum and assessment are examined in the light of local and global influences. Students apply theory and practice-based research to issues of knowledge, learning, teachers' work, students' experiences and school-based curricula.

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Course code: 254744 Educational Issues Among Pacific Islands Peoples in New Zealand 30 credits

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.

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Course code: 254773 Educational Policy Analysis 30 credits

An analysis of selected policy issues, theories and methods in the analysis of educational policies.

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Course code: 254774 Evaluation of Educational Organisations 30 credits

A study of approaches used for evaluating educational institutions with emphasis on issues around school effectiveness and improvement including global influences of standardization and control, and ethical and culturally appropriate practices.

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Course code: 254775 Management of Human Resources in Educational Organisations 30 credits

A study of issues in and strategies for the effective management of personnel in educational organisations.

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Course code: 256754 Assessment in Educational Psychology 30 credits

An in-depth analysis and application of traditional and contemporary approaches to assessment in Educational Psychology.

Restrictions: 186747, 186754

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Course code: 258720 Foundations of Literacy Education 30 credits

An advanced study of the acquisition of literacy skills in students focusing on how knowledge of language structure and the cognitive processes involved in literacy learning can be translated into effective teaching practices.

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Course code: 258721 Teaching Students with Literacy Learning Difficulties 30 credits

An examination of best practices for the assessment and teaching of students with literacy learning difficulties.

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Course code: 258722 The Nature, Prevention and Remediation of Literacy Learning Difficulties 30 credits

An advanced study of theory and research on reading and writing difficulties experienced by students focusing on intervention strategies/programmes that can be used to help these students overcome their literacy learning problems.

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Course code: 258723 Teaching Writing in the Classroom 30 credits

An advanced study of research into written composition development; strategies for enhancing student competencies and for overcoming specific areas of need in writing in contemporary classrooms.

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Course code: 259771 Educational Leadership in Action 30 credits

A study of leadership in action including reflective practice, professional and curriculum leadership, and decision-making in education, 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 organisation, leadership and reform.

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Course code: 261760 Digital Education and Design for Learning 30 credits

This course provides a framework for considering the design of digitally-enhanced learning situations (in formal, non-formal or professional contexts).

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Course code: 261764 Foundations of Digital Education 30 credits

This course offers an overview of the theories, concepts, principles and history, which underpin contemporary digital education, including historical links between emerging and earlier versions of digital education.

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Course code: 261765 Trends in Digital Education 30 credits

The course offers a critical overview of emerging trends, challenges and technological innovation in education.

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Course code: 261766 Teaching and Digital Education 30 credits

This course examines and critiques theoretical perspectives, principles and practices of teaching and learning with digital technologies.

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Course code: 262751 Theory and Practice of Gifted and Talented Education 30 credits

An advanced study of the theory and practice of specialist teachers in the area of gifted and talented

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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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Course code: 265736 Quality in Early Years Education 30 credits

A critical study of research and theory which has shaped beliefs about quality in education from infancy through to early school years. Students are assisted to consider different viewpoints on quality and different approaches to quality assurance and management. Opportunity is provided for students to explore issues and implications for policy and professional practice.

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Course code: 265737 Young Children and Their Families 30 credits

This course provides a critical analysis of contemporary theory and research relating to young children and their families. The implications for working with young children and their families will be considered in relation to early education.

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Course code: 265738 Children's Play and Learning in an Intentional Teaching Practice 30 credits

This course examines the concepts of play and learning and the integration of these concepts with content knowledge in an intentional teaching practice with children from 0-8 years.

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Course code: 265740 Advanced Studies on Learning in the Early Years 30 credits

An advanced study of contemporary cognitive research and theory on young children's learning (birth to eight years of age). Considers implications for educational practice in early childhood centres and junior primary classes, including teaching strategies, curriculum implementation and culturally-responsive practice.

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Course code: 267740 Mixed Methods Research in Education 15 credits

A study of mixed methods research design in education. Theoretical and practical issues of mixed methods research are studied under three course themes: context for research, mixed methods research designs, analysis and communication of mixed methods research.

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Course code: 267741 Indigenous Research Methodologies 15 credits

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.

Restrictions: 267790

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Course code: 267781 Research Methods in Professional Practice 30 credits

An in-depth analysis of research methods and designs used in professional practice. Involves critical examination and evaluation of specific research designs.

Restrictions: 271713

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Course code: 267782 Quantitative Research in Education 15 credits

A study of quantitative research methods in education focusing on basic group designs for research and evaluation, analytic methods for exploring relationships with both categorical and continuous measures, and statistical analysis procedures for group design data.

Restrictions: 267720; 267788; 267723; 267780

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Course code: 267783 Qualitative Research in Education 15 credits

A study of qualitative research methods in education. Theoretical and practical issues of research are studied under three course themes: context for research, qualitative research designs, analysis and communication of qualitative research.

Restrictions: 267720; 267723; 267780; 267788

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Course code: 269711 Policy and Development in Māori Education 30 credits

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.

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Course code: 269733 Mana Motuhake: Contemporary Issues in Māori & Indigenous Education 30 credits

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.

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Course code: 269734 Mana Whānau: Whānau Engagement in Education 30 credits

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.

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Course code: 269735 Mana Kura: Leadership in Māori Education 30 credits

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.

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Course code: 269736 Mana Matauranga: Indigeneity, Innovation & Information 30 credits

A critical examination of the role of information in indigenous societies and the impact of new technologies, social media, and the use of e-learning in indigenous education contexts.

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Course code: 273723 Cultures and Learning: Diversity in Tertiary Education 30 credits

This course critically examines how people are expected to learn in selected cultural contexts explores participants' own attitudes to cultural diversity and enables construction of practical strategies to provide effective learning experiences in diverse cultural contexts.

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Course code: 273784 Learning and Teaching in Tertiary Education 30 credits

This course introduces participants to and extends their understanding on theories and practices of tertiary teaching, including theories of learning and motivation relevant to learners in tertiary and professional contexts. Participants will apply their learning in their own practice.

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Course code: 273785 Assessment and Evaluation in Tertiary Education 30 credits

This course offers an in-depth examination of principles, theories and practices underpinning diverse assessment tools, models and approaches in tertiary contexts to facilitate student learning. The course will enable participants to examine assessment policy in context, and create assessment approaches within their practice.

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Course code: 276700 Developing Mathematical Inquiry Communities 30 credits

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.

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Course code: 276731 STEM in Education and Society 30 credits

Students will develop scholarship, engagement, and teaching in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

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Course code: 276782 Mathematics Education 30 credits

An exploration of the role of mathematics in education and society - with a focus on the nature of mathematics, the mathematics curriculum and learning theories and trajectories associated with rational number, algebra, geometry and statistics.

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Course code: 276784 Current Issues in Teaching Mathematics 30 credits

A critical study of contemporary pedagogical issues in mathematics education, including issues related to the social context, learning and assessment and the culture of mathematics teaching.

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Course code: 276785 Making Mathematics Accessible 30 credits

An in-depth study of the research, theory and evidence-based practices associated with equitable classroom practices that make mathematics accessible for all learners.

Restrictions: 254785

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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 (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 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.

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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.

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