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Postgraduate Certificate in Education

Key facts

  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Not available for international students

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Entry requirements

  1. Admission to the Postgraduate Certificate in Education requires that you shall:
    1. Meet the University admission requirements as specified, and:
    2. have been awarded or qualified for the degree of Bachelor of Education, or equivalent; or
    3. have been awarded or qualified for any other Bachelors degree or equivalent, and hold a professional qualification in teaching; or
    4. have been awarded or qualified for any other Bachelors degree or equivalent, and have relevant professional experience.

Enrolment Note

Along with certified copies of academic transcripts and certificates, you may be required to provide evidence of sufficient background experience. If you hold any other Bachelors 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.

If you have completed the Postgraduate Certificate you may apply for entry with credit into the Postgraduate Diploma in Education. Admission will be determined by the entry criteria and requirements for each programme and may require the Postgraduate Certificate to be surrendered when the Postgraduate Diploma has been completed. Your course of study may not exceed two years, unless a period of suspension or extension is approved by the Academic Board.

Subject to approval of the Academic Board, if you are enrolled in a Institute of Education postgraduate diploma, masters qualification or Doctor of Education degree you may apply to exit with a Postgraduate Certificate in Education providing you have completed at least 60 credits at postgraduate level within two years unless a period of suspension or extension has been approved by Academic Board.

For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.


All candidates commencing study towards the Postgraduate Certificate in Education on or after 1 January 2016 must satisfy the requirements specified in these regulations.

Candidates who commenced study towards the Postgraduate Certificate in Education prior to the 1 January 2016 may choose to transfer to these regulations, providing they can satisfy all requirements as specified.
In all cases candidates must complete the qualification within the timeframes for completion.

Postgraduate Certificate in Education structure

You shall follow a course of study comprising 700-level courses to the value of 60 credits, including at least 30 credits from the Postgraduate Certificate in Education Schedule and up to 30 credits of other Education courses.

These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas and Postgraduate Certificates


Schedule for the Postgraduate Certificate in Education

249.741 Assessment and Planning for Learners with Diverse Needs
249.742 Teaching Methods for Learners with Diverse Needs
249.744 Understanding Learners with Behaviour Difficulties
253.750 Counselling Theory
253.753 Guidance in Education
253.754 Family and Couples Counselling
253.755 Culture and Counselling
254.702 Facing Big Questions in Education
254.706 Advanced Studies in Curriculum Policy and Practice
254.744 Educational Issues Among Pacific Islands Peoples in New Zealand
254.773 Educational Policy Analysis
254.774 Evaluation of Educational Organisations
254.775 Management of Human Resources in Educational Organisations
256.756 Applied Behaviour Analysis for Educators
257.766 Leading TESOL in Diverse Contexts
257.767 Current Issues and Innovations in TESOL Leadership
257.769 Teaching Content to English Language Learners
258.720 Foundations of Literacy Education
258.721 Teaching Students with Literacy Learning Difficulties
258.722 The Nature, Prevention and Remediation of Literacy Learning Difficulties
258.723 Teaching Writing in the Classroom
259.771 Educational Leadership in Action
259.772 Theory and Process in Educational Leadership
259.780 Language Policy and Assessment
261.760 Instructional Design for E-Learning
261.764 Foundations of E-Learning
261.765 Trends in E-Learning
261.766 Teaching for E-Learning
262.751 Theory and Foundations of Gifted and Talented Education
263.701 Enhancing Teacher Learning and Mentoring
263.704 Advanced Studies in Motivation and Learning
263.705 Assessment for Learning and Teaching
263.706 Adolescent Learning and Engagement
265.736 Quality in Early Years Education
265.737 Young Children and Their Families
265.738 Children’s Play and Learning in a Goal-Directed Teaching Practice
265.740 Advanced Studies on Learning in the Early Years
267.782 Quantitative Research in Education
267.783 Qualitative Research in Education
267.741 Indigenous Research Methodologies
267.740 Mixed Methods Research in Education
269.711 Policy and Development in Māori Education
269.733 Mana Motuhake: Contemporary Issues in Māori and Indigenous Education
269.734 Mana Whanau: Whanau Engagement in Education
269.735 Mana Kura: Leadership in Māori Education
269.736 Mana Matauranga: Indigeneity, Innovation and Information
273.722 Adult Learning: Myths and Realities
273.723 Cultures and Learning: Diversity in Tertiary Education
273.724 The Expert Teacher of Adults: Principles and Practice
273.784 Learning and Teaching in Tertiary Education
273.785 Assessment and Evaluation in Tertiary Education
276.700 Developing Mathematical Inquiry Communities
276.730 Enterprising STEM Education
276.731 STEM in Education and Society
276.782 Mathematics Education
276.784 Current Issues in Teaching Mathematics
276.785 Making Mathematics Accessible

To find out how to plan your study and/or see what courses are necessary to complete your programme, please check the regulations. It will display the regulatory information for the programme you have selected.

If you would like to find out more about individual courses requirements, please use our Course search.

Majors or endorsements

The Postgraduate Certificate in Education is awarded without endorsement.

How much will it cost?

We can't tell you the exact cost until you have chosen your courses, as the tuition fees you pay each year vary depending on the courses you choose. There will also be compulsory non-tuition fees you have to pay in addition to your tuition fees. For some courses there may be other charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

To get an approximate idea of tuition costs for typical study areas, you can use our quick guide to programme fees.

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If you already know which courses you are going to take, you can use our Fees calculator to get an estimate of your fees.

Financial assistance

You might be eligible to apply for a scholarship or award. You can use our scholarship search to see what is available. You may also be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.

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