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Postgraduate Diploma in Education

Key facts

  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Availability for international students varies. Refer to the major / endorsement web pages for details.

Stay up to date with the latest education knowledge

Extend your professional knowledge, explore new developments, and enhance your contribution to the education field.

What is it like?

Find out more about entry requirements, fees and courses in the planning section.

With Massey’s Postgraduate Diploma in Education, you’ll be distinguished by your ability to critically apply theory and research, and to understand the complex dimensions of current educational issues, practices and/or policies in particular contexts. You’ll reflect on research and demonstrate skill in analysis, synthesis and critical evaluation of teaching and learning.

Why study with us?

Massey uses an enquiry-based and interprofessional learning model which results in best practice learning and teaching experiences and student learning outcomes. We employ a range of distance and blended learning delivery options that provide flexible learning options for all students regardless of their location. You’ll be taught by highly qualified, well-regarded teachers who are supportive and provide a high level of pastoral care.

Massey’s Postgraduate Diploma in Education offers the largest number of endorsements of any postgraduate degree of its kind in New Zealand. Alternatively you can follow an unendorsed pathway where you can choose from any of the courses in the endorsement areas or the elective schedule.

Massey is ranked in the world’s top 150 universities for education in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) ranking.

Your qualification options

Please note that the Postgraduate Diploma in Education does not qualify you to be a teacher in New Zealand. If you want to be a teacher, you will also need to take a postgraduate teaching qualification. Please explore your options in our education pathways tool.

A good fit if you:

  • Have a degree and some professional experience in the subject you’d like to explore
  • Want to engage at the cutting edge of an education debate
  • Are interested in advanced studies in education including research


Graduates will be able to enhance and advance their careers, relevant to their specialisation, in areas such as:

  • Early childhood teaching
  • Primary school teaching
  • Secondary school teaching
  • Tertiary education settings
  • TESOL settings
  • Kaiwhakaako Māori
  • Special education
  • Training and development roles within organisations (eg teaching hospitals, businesses, community organisations, libraries)
  • Leadership roles in centres/schools and post school settings
  • Learning and instructional design
  • Counselling and guidance
  • Educational psychology

Lecturer profile

Professor Glenda AnthonyProfessor Glenda Anthony

“Taking research ideas and making them accessible to the audiences who might use them is a key responsibility of my job. I hope my love of teaching mathematics and belief that all of us can experience at least a little of the wonder of mathematics shines through.

As a member of our Centre for Research in Mathematics Education (CeRME), you will have access to a range of mathematics educators and their research interests. CeRME brings together experts in mathematics education to work on a common theme: the place of mathematics education and its transformative potential in New Zealand, the Pacific region and the world.

The challenge is to support teacher learning so that teachers’ classroom practices improve in ways that are productive for all students’ learning.“

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