Faculty of Education

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

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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.

From 2015, the Faculty of Education will offer a 180 point Master of Education that can be completed entirely by coursework or by a combination of coursework plus a thesis or dissertation. The MEd will have a Postgraduate Diploma of Education (120 pts) and a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (60 pts) nested within it. 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 programme are currently awaiting final approval. See transitional arrangments for more details.

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

  • 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.

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Programme Requirements and Courses

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.

Courses are listed under Master of Education Courses trimester details are available in the Schedule to Postgraduate Courses.

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

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


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:

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

In 2015 the Faculty will offer a new 180 point Master of Education with a 120 point Postgraduate Diploma of Education and  60 point Postgraduate Certificate of Education nested within it. 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

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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

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