Postgraduate Diploma in Education

Gain advanced knowledge and critical analysis skills in the field of education with the one-year Postgraduate Diploma in Education.

Through your studies you develop research skills, and explore different theoretical perspectives to apply across a wide range of contemporary issues and professional contexts in education. The programme caters for professionals from all education sectors and can prepare you for further study in the Master of Education.

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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 Diploma 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 Diploma in Education without a specialisation.

To successfully complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Education you need a total of 120 points (four courses).

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

Specialisations in the Postgraduate Diploma in Education

Or choose four 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.
3. If you're planning to go on to the Master of Education  you must complete the courses EDUC856 and EDUC906.

Skills you will develop

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

Graduate Profile

  • 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:
1 year full-time / part-time available
City Campus
North Campus
South Campus
15 Jul 2024
3 Mar 2025
21 Jul 2025

Key semester dates
$10,607 (for 120 points)
($9,461 tuition fees + $1146 student services levy)
$36,046 (for 120 points)
($34,900 tuition fees + $1146 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.