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Update your professional knowledge and qualifications in education
Further your professional development by exploring the latest developments and changes in education.
With a Postgraduate Certificate in Education you’ll learn to apply theory and research. You’ll be able to better understand the complex dimensions of current educational issues, practices and/or policies. You’ll learn to reflect on research, and demonstrate skill in analysis, synthesis and evaluation of teaching and learning.
Massey uses an enquiry-based and interprofessional learning model. This results in best-practice learning and teaching experiences and learning outcomes for you.
You’ll benefit from a range of distance and blended-learning delivery options. These provide flexible learning options regardless of your location. Learn from highly qualified, well-regarded teachers who are supportive and provide a high level of pastoral care.
You can study a broad range of areas including:
The Postgraduate Certificate in Education does not qualify you to be a teacher in New Zealand. Explore education study options at Massey and the qualification you need to become a teacher in our education pathways tool.
You’ll enhance and advance your career, depending on your specialisation, in areas such as:
All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.
To enter the Postgraduate Certificate in Education you will have been awarded or qualified for:
You will need to provide verified copies of all academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey University.
To study this programme you must meet Massey University's English language standards.
For information on prior learning, exemptions and transfer of credit or other questions:
If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, we have courses and programmes that may help.
From the Schedule to the Certificate
See ‘Courses for this programme’ below for schedules of courses.
|249741||Assessment and Planning for Learners with Diverse Needs||30|
|249742||Teaching Methods for Learners with Diverse Needs||30|
|249744||Understanding Learners with Behaviour Difficulties||30|
|253753||Guidance in Education||30|
|253754||Family and Couples Counselling||30|
|253755||Culture and Counselling||30|
|254702||Facing Big Questions in Education||30|
|254706||Advanced Studies in Curriculum Policy and Practice||30|
|254744||Educational Issues Among Pacific Islands Peoples in New Zealand||30|
|254773||Educational Policy Analysis||30|
|254774||Evaluation of Educational Organisations||30|
|254775||Management of Human Resources in Educational Organisations||30|
|256756||Applied Behaviour Analysis for Educators||30|
|257766||Leading TESOL in Diverse Contexts||30|
|257767||Current Issues and Innovations in TESOL Leadership||30|
|257769||Teaching Content to English Language Learners||30|
|258720||Foundations of Literacy Education||30|
|258721||Teaching Students with Literacy Learning Difficulties||30|
|258722||The Nature, Prevention and Remediation of Literacy Learning Difficulties||30|
|258723||Teaching Writing in the Classroom||30|
|259771||Educational Leadership in Action||30|
|259772||Theory and Process in Educational Leadership||30|
|259780||Language Policy and Assessment||30|
|261760||Digital Education and Design for Learning||30|
|261764||Foundations of Digital Education||30|
|261765||Trends in Digital Education||30|
|261766||Teaching and Digital Education||30|
|262751||Theory and Practice of Gifted and Talented Education||30|
|263701||Enhancing Teacher Learning and Mentoring||30|
|263704||Advanced Studies in Motivation and Learning||30|
|263705||Assessment for Learning and Teaching||30|
|263706||Adolescent Learning and Engagement||30|
|265736||Quality in Early Years Education||30|
|265737||Young Children and Their Families||30|
|265738||Children's Play and Learning in an Intentional Teaching Practice||30|
|265740||Advanced Studies on Learning in the Early Years||30|
|267740||Mixed Methods Research in Education||15|
|267741||Indigenous Research Methodologies||15|
|267782||Quantitative Research in Education||15|
|267783||Qualitative Research in Education||15|
|269711||Policy and Development in Māori Education||30|
|269733||Mana Motuhake: Contemporary Issues in Māori & Indigenous Education||30|
|269734||Mana Whānau: Whānau Engagement in Education||30|
|269735||Mana Kura: Leadership in Māori Education||30|
|269736||Mana Matauranga: Indigeneity, Innovation & Information||30|
|273722||Adult Learning: Myths and Realities||30|
|273723||Cultures and Learning: Diversity in Tertiary Education||30|
|273724||The Expert Teacher of Adults: Principles and Practice||30|
|273784||Learning and Teaching in Tertiary Education||30|
|273785||Assessment and Evaluation in Tertiary Education||30|
|276700||Developing Mathematical Inquiry Communities||30|
|276731||STEM in Education and Society||30|
|276784||Current Issues in Teaching Mathematics||30|
|276785||Making Mathematics Accessible||30|
If you study full-time, you’ll take 60 credits in one semester.
There are maximum time limits to complete some undergraduate and all postgraduate qualifications. If you do not complete within the maximum time, you may be required to re-apply for the programme if you wish to continue your studies.
Your tuition fees may be different depending on the courses you choose. Your exact fees will show once you have chosen your courses.
There will also be some compulsory non-tuition fees and for some courses, there may also be charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.
If you already know which courses you are going to take, you can use our fees calculator to get an estimate of your fees.
You may be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.
The New Zealand Government offers fees-free tertiary study for eligible domestic students. Find out more about the scheme and your eligibility on the Fees Free website. To use the site's eligibility checking tool, you will need your National Student Number.
Current and returning Massey students will find their National Student Number on their student homepage.
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Review this important information before you apply for this programme. This gives you full details of the rules and regulations about what you need to study and what you must achieve in order to graduate with this qualification. That includes structure, courses and requirements. These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the below.
If you are ready to apply, have a look at our application checklist. It will help you get prepared with what you need. Please also check the entry requirements carefully before you apply.
You will apply for the programme using the Apply now button on this page. You’ll also choose your specialisation (major, subject or endorsement) if applicable.
Some programmes have additional requirements such as the submission of a portfolio or CV. Click on Apply now and you will be able to submit those documents as part of the application process.
You will receive an Admission Offer of Place when you have been accepted into the programme. You need to accept this before you can enrol in your courses. International students also need to pay their fees at this point.
You’ll then get access to your own student homepage (also known as the student portal). This is where you can enrol in courses. Any updates on your application or enrolments will also be on your student homepage. Make sure you check this regularly.
When you choose courses, ensure you check for any requirements that apply including:
Each of our courses has its own webpage where you can find this information. You can use our course search to find course pages.
More information on courses is in the ‘Courses for this programme’ section on this page.
You can find information on application due dates and semester dates on the key dates page.
We look forward to welcoming you to Massey!
If you have any questions, contact us through the Enquire button on this page.
Each Massey programme is made up of courses (in some tertiary institutions they are called ‘papers’).
You will have some compulsory courses and some you can choose from.
Each course is worth a certain amount of credits (often 15 credits, but this does vary). You must gain a set number of credits to be able to graduate from this programme.
There may also be some rules about which courses you need to pass to progress to the next year, or stage, of your study (known as progression). There are also courses you must pass to graduate with a specialisation.
The first three digits of our course numbers show you which subject the course is about.
The second three digits show you the level and course ID number. For instance:
|Subject area||Level||Course ID number|
Use this tool to help determine how much time you will need each week to complete your studies.
For returning students, there may be changes to the majors and minors available and the courses you need to take. Go to the section called ‘Transitional Provisions’ in the Regulations to find out more.
In some cases the programme or specialisation you enrolled in may no longer be taking new enrolments, so may not appear on these web pages. To find information on the regulations for these programmes go to the Massey University Calendar.
Please contact us through the Enquire button on this page if you have any questions.
There are a number of scholarships available for new and current students. They could relate to your situation, achievement or interest.