An applied practice part-time or full-time programme for ECE leaders
and aspiring leaders that grows a community of leaders within the ECE
This Level 8 postgraduate qualification has a strong emphasis on
work-based leadership practice in the ECE context. You will develop your
leadership skills through connection with other students and engagement
with current research.
Students who graduate with the Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership
(ECE) may be eligible to staircase into a Level 9 master’s degree, with
the four papers contributing to the first part of a master’s degree.
Students who complete the Leading Pedagogical Change and Leading
Teams papers are eligible to graduate with a Postgraduate Certificate in
Te ara tuku
This is a 120-credit qualification comprising four 30-credit papers.
It is equivalent to one full-time academic year but can be completed
part-time within two years. Full-time students need to set aside 30-34
hours per week, which is why some students choose to study part-time.
Three of the four papers are compulsory core papers, with the other being an elective paper.
The programme blends online and face-to-face learning. There are two 1.5-day block courses per paper.
A one-day orientation course precedes the first block course. Block courses are usually held in Wellington.
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
Core papers – compulsory
Te Arahi Tira
Leading Pedagogical Change
Te Arahi Huringa Tikanga Whakaako
Te Arahitanga a-Whakahaere
Elective papers – choose one
Te Arahitanga Maori i te Matauranga Kohungahunga
Pasifika Leadership in Early Childhood
Te Arahitanga Moana-Nui-A-Kiwa i te Matauranga Kohungahunga
Leading Social Change
Te Arahi Huringa Papori