Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership (ECE)
Te Titohu Paerua i te Arahitanga (ECE)

An applied practice part-time or full-time programme for ECE leaders and aspiring leaders that grows a community of leaders within the ECE sector.

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This Level 8 postgraduate qualification has a strong emphasis on work-based leadership practice within the ECE context. Students will develop their leadership skills  through connection with other students and engagement with current research.

Students who graduate with the Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership (ECE) are eligible to staircase into a Level 9 master’s degree, with the four courses contributing to the first part of a master’s degree.

Students who complete the Leading Pedagogical Change and Leading Teams courses are eligible to graduate with a Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership (ECE).


Programme delivery
Te ara tuku

This is a 120-credit qualification comprising four 30-credit courses. It is equivalent to 1 full-time academic year but can be completed part-time within 2 years. Full-time students need to set aside 30–34 hours per week, which is why most students choose to study part-time.

Three of the four courses are compulsory core courses, with the other being an elective course.

The programme blends online and face-to-face learning. There is one 1.5-day block course per course.

A 1-day orientation course precedes the block course, which is usually held in Wellington.

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Admission requirements
Nga hiahiatanga tono

Students must hold an NZQA-equivalent Level 7 teaching degree or diploma and be working in an ECE service or in an organisation that has an ECE-related focus.  Students must be able to provide a copy of their academic transcript.

Students holding a Level 7 teaching diploma from an approved institution for initial teacher education need current teacher registration and evidence of at least 3 years of professional, practical or scholarly experience of an appropriate kind.

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