Postgraduate Certificate in Education

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The Postgraduate Certificate in Education develops advanced knowledge and critical analysis skills in the field of education and provides a pathway to further postgraduate study in education. This postgraduate education qualification is awarded upon completion of two papers.

  • Choose from a wide range of papers to suit your specific needs and interests.
  • This can serve as a study pathway into the Postgraduate Diploma in Education.
  • Learn from qualified experts in the field who are experienced practitioners as well as published researchers in education.

Programme code: AK3744
Level: 8
Points: 60
Duration: 1/2 year full-time / 2 years part-time
Venue: North Campus and South Campus
Start date: 26 February 2018 / 16 July 2018

Entry requirements

  • One of the following, or equivalent:
    • Bachelor of Education [Specialty] Teaching; or
    • Graduate Diploma in [Specialty] Education
  • English language level (if required): IELTS 6.5 (academic) overall, with a minimum of 7.0 in writing and a minimum of 6.0 in all other bands.
  • An interview may be required.

AUT scholarship for current NZ registered teachers available — semester 1, 2018 (domestic only)

Take advantage of this unique opportunity to gain an AUT scholarship for Semester 1, 2018 and study in a way convenient for a busy teacher.

The School of Education is offering scholarships (nil fees) to all teachers interested in studying a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (60 points) with a theme of either Innovations in Education, Mentoring or Steiner Education.

Innovations in Education

This 60 point programme of study consists of two papers which develop critical approaches and practical strategies to make sense of the changing world of education and innovations in educational thinking.

Teaching and learning in the 21st century is characterised by flexible, open, technologically rich spaces in physical and digital domains. These developments disguise certain assumptions that require critical attention in order to develop an attuned understanding of how spatiality and digitisation influence education.

In developing a critical approach to 21st century teaching and learning, the postgraduate certificate in innovations in education equips teachers with skills necessary to develop dynamic and relevant curriculum for diverse and changing educational contexts.

EDUC836 - Learning Environments for the 21st Century (30 points)
This paper focuses on a critical examination of the theories and practice underpinning innovative ('modern' or 'flexible') learning environments in relation to curriculum, learning and teaching. A key question for educators to address is how spatiality influences learning. Collaborative and autonomous study will be directed towards a critical understanding of the relationship between pedagogy and space, the elements of effective design and their pedagogical value.

EDUC837 - Digital Pedagogies and the Techno-Literate Teacher (30 points)
Cutting-edge 21st century pedagogies are radically opening up our traditional conceptualisations of teaching and learning, including the permeability of the classroom, school, and digital learning spaces. A wide range of new teaching and learning media literacies are explored and tested for their potential contribution to teaching and learning. Participants apply a selection of relevant theory in order to critically analyse the pedagogical value and application of new educational media, in relation to broader aims and contexts of education, and in relation to the diverse needs of educational communities in Aotearoa New Zealand and around the globe.

Both papers will be a mix of face to face intensive sessions and independent work. Three assignments are required in each paper and these will be a mix of theory and practitioner-based tasks.


This 60 point programme is designed to promote comprehensive induction and educative mentoring practices (which are sometimes reported as inconsistent and variable) in schools, kura, early childhood education (ECE) settings, and other contexts where key skills, knowledge and attitudes are required by mentors and mentees.

Aligned with national guidelines of the Education Council of Aotearoa NZ, mentors are encouraged to simultaneously focus on their own learning, their PCTs' and mentees learning and those who work with their PCTs and mentees such as students. Teachers, those in leadership roles, principals and others working in contexts where they are required to mentor will find it useful to inquire into their own unique settings and gain a postgraduate qualification which aims to shift from a focus on transmission of knowledge –for- practice to inquiry into knowledge- of- practice.

EDUC842 Building Mentoring Expertise (30 points)
This paper utilises an educative framework for the role of mentors and the purpose of mentoring. Mentor knowledge, attitude and practice are examined to guide, support, give feedback and facilitate evidence-based reflective learning conversations. Emphasis is placed on the identification of key concepts affecting the relationship between mentor and mentee.

EDUC843 - Leadership and mentoring (30 points)
Educative mentoring is the foundation for exploring mentoring practices to achieve individual goals for the mentor and mentee. Mentoring conversations are enacted, analysed and critiqued. Participants engage in an action research project to critically evaluate their leadership role in an educative mentoring context.

Steiner Education

This 60 point programme of study is designed to promote the in-depth study of Steiner education and pedagogy. It investigates education through the lens of Steiner's philosophy, and encourages critical engagement with issues in contemporary Aotearoa New Zealand.

The programme is aimed at teachers in all sectors of Steiner education, including those in positions of responsibility, who wish to critique and reflect on practice at a postgraduate level of study. It is also suitable for others wishing to gain critical insight into Steiner pedagogy. It will provide on the one hand a qualification as well as encourage the establishment of communities of practice in schools and centres where teachers can debate and discuss the impact of learning and teaching with colleagues.

EDUC844 - Teaching and learning through imagination in a digital world (30 points)
This paper is designed to critically investigate aspects of pedagogy in Steiner centres and schools, in particular, the cultivation of the imagination. It appraises Steiner's pedagogical ideas and the degree to which they are able to meet the needs of students in 21st century Aotearoa, looking a links between pedagogy, sense development, well-being and resilience. Students critique contemporary learning approaches and tools and assess the degree to which they supplement the Waldorf teacher's kete.

EDUC845 - Essential windows on Steiner education (30 points)
This paper investigates education through the lens of Steiner's philosophy. Concepts and understandings of human development are critiqued as students assess how these affect teaching and learning in Steiner settings from early childhood to secondary. Using relevant research literature, issues of localisation and adaptation are analysed including the degree to which Steiner education responds to the bicultural and multicultural nature of New Zealand society.

For further information please contact Samira Saraf on 09 921 9999 ext 7916, or Apply Here

Structure and content

Students complete the postgraduate certificate with papers (60 points) from the Master of Education, and do not complete a thesis or dissertation.

Career opportunities

This postgraduate education qualification enhances the academic, research and professional expertise of graduates in the educational work sector. This includes:

  • Adult and tertiary education
  • Compulsory education
  • Early childhood education
  • Non-formal education

Note: this qualification does not provide eligibility for provisional teacher registration.

Last updated: 05-Sep-2017 3.11pm

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