Postgraduate Certificate in Education

The Postgraduate Certificate in Education is a flexible, short programme of two 30-point courses in an area of education.

This programme provides a pathway to further postgraduate study in the Master of Education.

This is not an initial teacher education programme and will not lead to registration with the Teaching Council of New Zealand.

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Minimum entry requirements

  • Must have completed a relevant bachelor's degree or equivalent
  • A CV and Letter of Intent

To enrol in one of the specialisations in the Postgraduate Certificate in Education you must have at least 2 years of relevant professional experience or approval of the programme leader.

International student entry requirements

English language requirements

  • IELTS (Academic) 6.5 overall with 7.0 in Writing and all other bands 6.0 or higher; or equivalent

English language requirements

You can also complete the Postgraduate Certificate in Education without a specialisation.

You need a total of 60 points (two courses) to successfully complete the Postgraduate Certificate in Education.

You can either choose one of the Postgraduate Certificate in Education specialisations, or complete the programme without a specialisation and select the courses that interest you most.

Specialisations in the Postgraduate Certificate in Education

Or choose two courses from

1. Relevant professional experience is necessary to take this course. Programme leader approval required.
2. Students enrolled in specialty courses may substitute another course from the table for this course.

Skills you will develop

The outcomes for graduates of the Postgraduate Certificate in Education are outlined in the Graduate Profile below.

Graduate Profile

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

This qualification does not provide eligibility for provisional teacher registration.

Quick facts
Programme code:
0.5 years full-time / part-time available
City Campus
North Campus
South Campus
17 Jul 2023
26 Feb 2024
15 Jul 2024
$5,138 (for 60 points)
($4,601 tuition fees + $537 student services levy)
$17,337 (for 60 points)
($16,800 tuition fees + $537 student services levy)
  • Fees shown are based on a full-time workload for the points indicated next to the fee. The exact fee charged will depend on which courses you select at the time of enrolment.
  • Fees are subject to change year to year. If you are planning for study beyond the current year, fees may vary from those stated.
  • There may also be other fees and charges you need to pay.
  • International students' tuition fees reflect the full cost of tuition. Domestic students' tuition fees are less due to a proportion of the tuition fees being funded by the New Zealand Government.

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.

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