Faculty of Education

Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCertEd) and Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDipEd)

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About the Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma in Education

 Vanessa Te huia

Vanessa Te Huia was looking for postgraduate study options. She found the programme that was right for her and the advice she needed at Victoria’s Faculty of Education – “they set up meetings and made me feel at ease and answered all my questions and concerns."

From 2015 the 120 point Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDipEd) and 60 point Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCertEd) will replace the Postgraduate Diploma and Certificate in Education and Professional Development (PGDipEdPD/PGCertEdPD). The new qualifications are nested within the new 180 point Master of Education which can be completed entirely by coursework or by a combination of coursework plus a thesis or dissertation. Students are encouraged to consider enrolling in the MEd but can choose to enrol in the Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma as a first step into postgraduate study.

These programmes offer:

  • a recognised postgraduate qualification
  • an opportunity to upskill at your own pace
  • flexible course delivery options
  • an opportunity to apply for the MEdPsych.

Classes are held in the late afternoon or as block courses over several days or weekends, or offered online, allowing you to continue with other commitments.

Entry Requirements

  • A Bachelor's degree with a major in Education, Psychology, or a related discipline, or
  • An approved teacher education degree or a Bachelor's degree and a Diploma of Teaching, or
  • An Advanced Diploma of Teaching or Postgraduate Diploma of Teaching, or
  • Evidence of sufficient educational training and experience or extensive practical, professional or scholarly experience of an appropriate kind.

Programme Requirements and Courses

Students are encouraged to include EDUC 503/EPSY 501 Research Methods in Education as part of their programme as this course is compulsory for the MEd.

The Ministry of Education offers TESSOL Scholarships  for two education courses, EDUC 515/EPSY 502 and EDUC 516/EPSY 503, that can be credited towards a Postgraduate Certificate in Education.

Programme Requirements for the pathway to the MEdPsych

Four courses from the Master of Education Schedule are required for students who wish to continue on to the MEdPsych.

Students must obtain:

See The Educational Psychology Programme for more information about the programme and pathways into it.

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  • Part-time: one to two years.
  • Full-time: half a year.


  • Part-time: one and a half to two years.
  • Full-time: one year.

Transitional Arrangements

Students enrolled in the PGDipEdPD or PGCertEdPD in 2014 or 2015 may complete their programme in 2015 under the existing regulations or elect to transfer to the new 180 point Master of Education.

How To Find Out More

For more information contact:

Student and Academic Services Office
Faculty of Education
Level 3, Tennant Block
Karori Campus
Phone: 04-463 9500
Email: education@vuw.ac.nz
Website: www.victoria.ac.nz/education

For the latest information prior to enrolment, check the online Course Catalogue: www.victoria.ac.nz/courses

Email online at: www.victoria.ac.nz/enrol