Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership (ECE) Trans-Tasman Initiative

Te Titohu Paerua i te Arahitanga (ECE) Trans-Tasman Initiative

A unique opportunity to gain a postgraduate ECE leadership qualification in collaboration with colleagues from both sides of the Tasman.

Australian and New Zealand ECE leaders and aspiring leaders share and co-construct leadership knowledge from experience in the two similar but different ECE contexts.

Students engage together online as well as in face-to-face block courses as a cohort within the wider Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership (ECE) programme.

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

Programme delivery
Te ara tuku

Four 30-credit papers are taught consecutively over a two-year period.

There are four compulsory block courses a year (two per paper, 1.5 days each), with an additional orientation day before the first Year 1 block course in Wellington.

Once a year, students will need to cross the Tasman for a block course in the partner country in Week 1 of each year’s two semesters. Students can attend the block course in Week 11 of each semester in either Australia or New Zealand.

The day after each block course, students visit ECE centres for added professional learning about best practice in both Australia and New Zealand.

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


2019 Semester 1 Key Dates

Start date: 11 February
Block course: 12, 13, 14 February
Mid-semester break: 22 - 28 April
End date: 23 June

2019 Semester 2 Key Dates

Start date: 15 July
Block course 1: 17,18,19 July
Mid-semester break: 23 September - 6 October
Block course 2: 11, 12, 13 October
End date: 1 December


Nga pepa

Leading Teams
Te Arahi Tira
Leading Pedagogical Change
Te Arahi Huringa Tikanga Whakaako
Organisational Leadership
Te Arahitanga a-Whakahaere
Leading Social Change
Te Arahi Huringa Papori