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Postgraduate Certificate in Education


Update your professional knowledge and qualifications in education

Further your professional development by exploring the latest developments and changes in education.

  • Level

  • Postgraduate, NZQF Level 8
  • Distance learning

  • Available
  • Credits

  • 60
  • Duration

  • 0.5 year(s) full-time. Available part-time.

With a Postgraduate Certificate in Education you’ll learn to apply theory and research. You’ll be able to better understand the complex dimensions of current educational issues, practices and/or policies. You’ll learn to reflect on research, and demonstrate skill in analysis, synthesis and evaluation of teaching and learning.

Stay up to date with the latest education knowledge

Massey uses an enquiry-based and interprofessional learning model. This results in best-practice learning and teaching experiences and learning outcomes for you.

Flexible study to suit you

You’ll benefit from a range of distance and blended-learning delivery options. These provide flexible learning options regardless of your location. Learn from highly qualified, well-regarded teachers who are supportive and provide a high level of pastoral care.

Wide choice of topics

You can study a broad range of areas including:

  • early years education
  • educational administration and leadership
  • E-Learning, literacy education
  • Māori education
  • mathematics education
  • special and inclusive education
  • teaching and learning
  • teaching English to speakers of other languages leadership
  • tertiary education.

Your qualification options

The Postgraduate Certificate in Education 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.

Careers and further study


You’ll enhance and advance your career, depending on your specialisation, in areas such as:

  • education settings (early childhood, primary, secondary or tertiary level)
  • TESOL settings
  • Kaiwhakaako Māori
  • special education
  • professional training and development roles within organisations (eg, teaching hospitals, businesses, community organisations, libraries).

Entry requirements

University admission

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

Programme admission


To enter the Postgraduate Certificate in Education you will have been awarded or qualified for:

  • the degree of Bachelor of Education, or equivalent, or
  • any other bachelor’s degree or equivalent, and hold a professional qualification in teaching, or
  • any other bachelor’s degree or equivalent, and have relevant professional experience.

Documents you may need to provide

  • 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.
  • If you have completed the Postgraduate Certificate you may apply for entry with credit into the Postgraduate Diploma in Education.

You will need to provide verified copies of all academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey University. 

English language requirements

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

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

60 credits

  • Courses from the Schedule – 60 credits

Courses for this programme

249741 Assessment and Planning for Learners with Diverse Needs 30
249742 Teaching Methods for Learners with Diverse Needs 30
249744 Understanding Learners with Behaviour Difficulties 30
253750 Counselling Theory 30
253753 Guidance in Education 30
253754 Family and Couples Counselling 30
253755 Culture and Counselling 30
254702 Facing Big Questions in Education 30
254706 Advanced Studies in Curriculum Policy and Practice 30
254744 Educational Issues Among Pacific Islands Peoples in New Zealand 30
254773 Educational Policy Analysis 30
254774 Evaluation of Educational Organisations 30
254775 Management of Human Resources in Educational Organisations 30
256756 Applied Behaviour Analysis for Educators 30
257766 Leading TESOL in Diverse Contexts 30
257767 Current Issues and Innovations in TESOL Leadership 30
257769 Teaching Content to English Language Learners 30
258720 Foundations of Literacy Education 30
258721 Teaching Students with Literacy Learning Difficulties 30
258722 The Nature, Prevention and Remediation of Literacy Learning Difficulties 30
258723 Teaching Writing in the Classroom 30
259771 Educational Leadership in Action 30
259772 Theory and Process in Educational Leadership 30
259780 Language Policy and Assessment 30
261760 Digital Education and Design for Learning 30
261764 Foundations of Digital Education 30
261765 Trends in Digital Education 30
261766 Teaching and Digital Education 30
262751 Theory and Practice of Gifted and Talented Education 30
263701 Enhancing Teacher Learning and Mentoring 30
263704 Advanced Studies in Motivation and Learning 30
263705 Assessment for Learning and Teaching 30
263706 Adolescent Learning and Engagement 30
265736 Quality in Early Years Education 30
265737 Young Children and Their Families 30
265738 Children's Play and Learning in an Intentional Teaching Practice 30
265740 Advanced Studies on Learning in the Early Years 30
267740 Mixed Methods Research in Education 15
267741 Indigenous Research Methodologies 15
267782 Quantitative Research in Education 15
267783 Qualitative Research in Education 15
269711 Policy and Development in Māori Education 30
269733 Mana Motuhake: Contemporary Issues in Māori & Indigenous Education 30
269734 Mana Whānau: Whānau Engagement in Education 30
269735 Mana Kura: Leadership in Māori Education 30
269736 Mana Matauranga: Indigeneity, Innovation & Information 30
273722 Adult Learning: Myths and Realities 30
273723 Cultures and Learning: Diversity in Tertiary Education 30
273724 The Expert Teacher of Adults: Principles and Practice 30
273784 Learning and Teaching in Tertiary Education 30
273785 Assessment and Evaluation in Tertiary Education 30
276700 Developing Mathematical Inquiry Communities 30
276731 STEM in Education and Society 30
276782 Mathematics Education 30
276784 Current Issues in Teaching Mathematics 30
276785 Making Mathematics Accessible 30

Planning your programme

Planning overview

If you study full-time, you’ll take 60 credits in one semester.

Maximum time limits for completion

There are maximum time limits to complete some undergraduate and all 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.

More information

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:

  • already have a bachelor’s degree and some professional experience
  • have a subject you would like to explore in depth
  • enjoy being up to date with the latest developments in education.

Key information for students

Compare qualifications and academic information across different New Zealand institutions.


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