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Postgraduate Diploma in Educational and Developmental Psychology


Become an educational psychologist

Massey University’s selected entry post-masterate Postgraduate Diploma in Educational and Developmental Psychology is your pathway to becoming an educational psychologist.

  • Level

  • Postgraduate, NZQF Level 8
  • Distance learning

  • Available
  • Credits

  • 120
  • Duration

  • 1 year(s) full-time.
  • Other

  • Selected entry programme

Note: This programme is covered by the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Amendment Order 2021. Students are required to provide details of their vaccination status on enrolment.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Educational and Developmental Psychology is a one-year internship. It provides a framework for supervised professional practice. Successful completion of this programme will deem you eligible for registration as an educational psychologist with the New Zealand Psychologists Board.

What does an educational psychologist do?

Being an educational psychologist is a varied and multi-dimensional job and reflects an interest in supporting others to learn and live. Educational psychologists are a unique professional group who have in-depth understanding of psychology, education and learning.

All psychologists are registered with the New Zealand Psychologists Board. They are then registered under different scopes of practice (such as clinical, general, education).

Dynamic learning experience

The programme has a strong bicultural teaching pedagogy, which embeds matauranga Māori. You’ll have the ability to complete your internship in a variety of places including schools, DHBs, the Ministry of Education or youth justice. You’ll develop a strong understanding of what it means to be an educational psychologist in Aotearoa New Zealand.

You’ll benefit from Massey University’s flexible approach to learning and you’ll be able to explore the areas you’re passionate about.

Careers and further study


The Postgraduate Diploma in Educational and Developmental Psychology is your pathway to becoming an educational psychologist. Successful completion of this internship programme will deem you eligible for registration as an educational psychologist with the New Zealand Psychologists Board.

There is a demand for educational psychologists in New Zealand. If you enjoy people, love learning, and are creative, this is an exciting profession. It leads to a vast range of professional opportunities in the areas of learning, assessment, leadership and management in educational and workplace settings.

Entry requirements

University admission

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

Programme admission


This programme is a selected entry programme. This means there are a number of extra requirements you must meet.

To enter the Postgraduate Diploma in Educational and Developmental Psychology (the internship) you will:

  • have a B+ average or above over a completed Master of Educational and Developmental Psychology or over a Postgraduate Certificate in Educational and Developmental Psychology (or equivalent)
  • have been awarded or qualified for least 60 credits of approved psychology courses including at least 45 credits at 200-level or higher
  • meet all requirements as set by the New Zealand Psychologists Board for registration as an Intern Educational Psychologist, and
  • meet the requirements as set by the New Zealand Psychologists Board, in terms of good character and fitness to be registered
  • have access to a suitable psychology practice context and professional supervision for the duration of the programme.

You will need to provide the following documents:

  • verified copies of all academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey University
  • a copy of your current curriculum vitae (including education and employment for at least the last five years)
  • personal statement/cover letter
  • a completed New Zealand Police Request and Consent form, along with two pieces of verified identification (one of which must be photographic) from the list of acceptable forms of identification on the checklist (see below)
  • a copy of a police report from every country you have lived in for more than 12 months in the last 10 years – please do not supply originals.
  • contact details of two referees

Application closing date

Applications close on Monday 20 September 2021
Interview dates - 18 and 19 October 2021

English language requirements

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

Other requirements

Information session

We have a zoom information session on Wednesday 11 August 1.30 – 3pm for anyone interested in knowing more about the Internship and the selection processes for both Massey and the MoE scholarship. Massey staff and a MoE representative will talk at this session and there will be time for Q and A. Here is the link to join the zoom if you are interested

About the selection process

Entry to the Postgraduate Diploma in Educational and Developmental Psychology (the internship) is determined by a selection committee that meets in early November. The purpose of the selection is to determine academic background and experience of applicants to undertake professional training in educational psychology.

Criteria for selection for the Postgraduate Diploma in Educational and Developmental Psychology (the internship) programme are as follows:

  • Met all the entry requirements for the PGDipEdDevPsych programme.
  • Professional background and related experience. You will have relevant background experience in education and may hold an appropriate professional qualification.
  • Availability of supervision and professional support. While the intention is to make the programme widely available throughout New Zealand, selection will be dependent upon the availability of supervision and appropriate settings for work experience.
Health and disability

If you have any short or long-term disabilities including a learning disability or health issue that may affect your study, please upload a summary in your application. If you disclose any disability, health or personal information as part of your application, this will be assessed during the selection process and is confidential to the university staff processing your application.

Curriculum vitae

Please provide a full CV including details of your education and professional qualifications, employment history with dates and descriptions of roles and responsibilities, membership of associations/organisations and a list of professional publications and research reports. Please ensure this includes evidence of sufficient background experience.

Personal statement/cover letter

This statement should articulate what you can bring to the role of an educational psychologist including your personal philosophy/philosophies about education and learning and development in the context of Aotearoa.

‘Fit and proper person’

Successful completion of this programme and your internship leads to membership of the New Zealand Psychologists Board. To become a member, you must meet the New Zealand Psychologists Board’s criteria for membership. If there are any circumstances in your past personal or professional life that you disclose as a part of your application, these will be assessed during the selection process and are confidential to the university staff assessing your application.


We require two people who can act as referees for you and who are able to provide informed responses on your personal suitability for the programme. A referee should be someone who has known you for one year or more in the capacity of employer, educator, work colleague or person of community standing, ie, kaumatua, minister or similar. Your referee should not be a friend, flatmate, relative or someone who has not known you for at least a year. The information your referee supplies is confidential to those involved in the selection process.


Interviews will take place 18 and 19 October 2021. The option to attend an interview in person is no longer available in 2021. All interviews will take place via Zoom. You are welcome to have whānau or support people with you if you choose. If you are offered an interview you will be sent a Zoom link to access for your interview.

Safety checks and disclosure of criminal convictions

You will be required to undergo a number of safety checks. These include police vetting (including confirmation of identity) and further checks required under the Vulnerable Children Act 2014, Vulnerable Children Regulations 2015 and the Children’s Action Plan. You will be required to permit the Institute of Education to ask the New Zealand Police to disclose any information held on the police record system.

Prior learning, credit and exemptions

For information on prior learning, exemptions and transfer of credit or other questions:

If you do not have the entry requirements

English language and foundation courses

If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, we have courses and qualifications that may help.

Courses and planning

Credit summary

120 credits

  • Courses from the Schedule – 120 credits

Supervised full-time practical work for one academic year.

Courses for this programme

120 credits
256841 Applied contemporary practice in educational psychology 30
256843 Evidence-based practice in educational psychology 30
256844 Competencies for Educational Psychologists 30
256846 Professional Leadership in Educational Psychology 30

Planning your programme

Planning overview

The Postgraduate Diploma in Educational and Developmental Psychology is awarded without specialisation.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Educational and Developmental Psychology (the internship) is an integrated programme, so you will normally be enrolled concurrently in all four courses.

Most students complete the programme in one year (full-time study). In exceptional circumstances and only with the approval of the Academic Board or their delegate, the supervised practical work may be completed part-time over two academic years.


Delivery of the Postgraduate Diploma in Educational and Developmental Psychology is by distance mode – you will be required to attend some compulsory on-campus contact workshops.

Programme structure

To qualify for the diploma, you will need to complete, to the satisfaction of the Academic Board or their delegate, supervised full-time practical work for a period of one academic year, in accordance with the requirements of the courses included in the Schedule to the diploma.

Maximum time limits for completion

There are maximum time limits to complete postgraduate qualifications.  If you do not complete within the maximum time, you may be required to re-apply for the programme if you wish to continue your studies.

Time limits for Honours, Distinction and Merit

Where your qualification is completed within the stated time limit and to a high standard, you may be able to graduate with a class of Honours, Distinction or Merit. 

Fees and scholarships

Fees and finance

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.

A good fit if you:

  • want to work within an inclusionary framework
  • wish to be exposed to a wide range of theoretical viewpoints and practical applications
  • are keen to meet the needs of bicultural New Zealand communities.

Meet our students

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.

QS ranking psychology

Massey is ranked in the world's top 250 universities for psychology by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS).

Key information for students

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Review this important information before you apply for this programme. This gives you full details of the rules and regulations about what you need to study and what you must achieve in order to graduate with this qualification. That includes structure, courses and requirements. These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the below.

Postgraduate regulations

General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas and Postgraduate Certificates.

Regulations for this programme

Applying and enrolling

Applying for the programme

Check you are ready

If you are ready to apply, have a look at our application checklist. It will help you get prepared with what you need. Please also check the entry requirements carefully before you apply.

Choose your programme and click on Apply now

You will apply for the programme using the Apply now button on this page. You’ll also choose your specialisation (major, subject or endorsement) if applicable.

Some programmes have additional requirements such as the submission of a portfolio or CV. Click on Apply now and you will be able to submit those documents as part of the application process.

Receive and accept an Admission Offer of Place

You will receive an Admission Offer of Place when you have been accepted into the programme. You need to accept this before you can enrol in your courses. International students also need to pay their fees at this point.

Enrolling in courses

You’ll then get access to your own student homepage (also known as the student portal). This is where you can enrol in courses. Any updates on your application or enrolments will also be on your student homepage. Make sure you check this regularly.

When you choose courses, ensure you check for any requirements that apply including:

  • prerequisites (courses you have to do before the one you are enrolling in)
  • corequisites (courses you have to do at the same time as the one you are enrolling in)
  • restrictions (courses that you cannot enrol in if you are completing or have completed another identified similar course)
  • location – for instance some distance-based courses still have an on-campus element, so double check that the way the course is taught is suitable for your situation.

Each of our courses has its own webpage where you can find this information. You can use our course search to find course pages.

More information on courses is in the ‘Courses for this programme’ section on this page.

You can find information on application due dates and semester dates on the key dates page.

We look forward to welcoming you to Massey!

If you have any questions, contact us through the Enquire button on this page.

What are courses and credits?

What are courses and credits?

Each Massey programme is made up of courses (in some tertiary institutions they are called ‘papers’).

You will have some compulsory courses and some you can choose from.

Each course is worth a certain amount of credits (often 15 credits, but this does vary). You must gain a set number of credits to be able to graduate from this programme.

There may also be some rules about which courses you need to pass to progress to the next year, or stage, of your study (known as progression). There are also courses you must pass to graduate with a specialisation.

  • See the ‘Courses for this programme’ section for the list of courses.
  • Courses search

Understanding course numbers

The first three digits of our course numbers show you which subject the course is about.

The second three digits show you the level and course ID number. For instance:

  • sub-degree courses are '0' (i.e. xxx.0xx)
  • undergraduate study begins at 100-level, (i.e. xxx.1xx)
  • as you progress through 200- and 300-level courses this number changes to 2 and 3 respectively. The higher the number that starts the second three digits, the higher the level of study.
1 6 2 . 3   0 1
Subject area   Level   Course ID number

Workload and time management

Use this tool to help determine how much time you will need each week to complete your studies.

Estimate workload

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 programme 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 programmes go to the Massey University Calendar.

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

Scholarships and awards

There are a number of scholarships available for new and current students. They could relate to your situation, achievement or interest.

Find and apply for scholarships