Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCertEd) and Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDipEd)
On this page:
- About the PGCertEd and PGDipEd
- Programme Requirements and Courses
- Entry Requirements
- Pathway to the Master of Education in Psychology
- Transitional Arrangements
- How to Find Out More
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.
- 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.
- PGCertEd: 60 points from the schedule to the MEd, excluding EDUC 585.
- PGDipEd: 120 points from the schedule to the MEd, excluding EDUC 585 and 590.
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.
Four courses from the Master of Education Schedule are required for students who wish to continue on to the MEdPsych.
Students must obtain:
- a B+ or above in EDUC 503/EPSY 501 (Research Methods in Education)
- 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 506, 508, 521, or EDUC 565. See Master of Education Courses for information about these courses.
See The Educational Psychology Programme for more information about the programme and pathways into it.
- Part-time: one to two years.
- Full-time: half a year.
- Part-time: one and a half to two years.
- Full-time: one year.
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.
For more information contact:
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