Faculty of Education

Postgraduate Certificate in Education and Professional Development (PGCertEdPD) and Postgraduate Diploma in Education and Professional Development (PGDipEdPD)

On this page:

About the PGCertEdPD and PGDipEdPD 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."

These qualifications are an excellent way to get started on postgraduate study, allowing you to focus on your area of interest in education and gain a postgraduate qualification.

The Faculty of Education is also currently developing a 180 point Master of Education that can be completed entirely by coursework or by a combination of coursework plus a thesis or dissertation.

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.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Education and Professional Development may be awarded with Merit or Distinction.

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

  • BA in Education, or BEd or similar teaching degree, or Undergraduate degree and either a Diploma of Teaching or
  • Advanced Diploma of Teaching, or
  • Evidence of extensive practical, professional or scholarly experience of an appropriate kind.

Students who have an undergraduate degree majoring in psychology may gain approval for admission to the PGDipEdPD by providing details of their degree, including an academic transcript.

Back to top^

Programme Requirements

PGCertEdPD: two courses from the Postgraduate Education Schedule are required for completion of the Certificate.

PGDipEdPD: four courses from the Postgraduate Education Schedule are required for completion of the Diploma.


Programme Requirements for the PGDipEdPD pathway to the MEdPsych

Four courses from the Postgraduate Education Schedule are required for completion of the Diploma.

Students who wish to complete the PGDipEdPD as a pathway to the MEdPsych must obtain:

  • a B+ or above in EPSY 501 (Research Methods in Education), students who have completed PSYC 325, or equivalent, may take EPSY 585 (Special Topic: Quantitative Educational Research) instead of EPSY 501. 
  • an average of B in the following courses:
      ˗ EPSY 512 (Culturally-centered Educational Psychology Practice);
      ˗ EPSY 513 (Evidence-based Practice);
  • An average of B in one course from EPSY 505, 506, 508, 521, or equivalent courses

The Educational Psychology Programme Pathways Information

Students should include EPSY 501 Research Methods in Education as part of their programme, particularly if they intend to enrol in the MEd.

For more information on postgraduate courses, see the Schedule of Postgraduate courses for 2014.

The Ministry of Education offers TESOL Scholarship funding for two education courses that make up the Faculty of Education’s Certificate of Education and Professional Development.

Back to top^



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


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

Back to top^

How To Find Out More

For more information about the Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma in Education and Professional Development 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

Back to top^