Te Tītohu Paerua i te Ārahitanga (ECE)

Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership (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.

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.button for easy access to information about this qualification

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 Leadership (ECE).


Programme delivery
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.


Admission requirements
Ngā 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.


Ngā pepa

Core papers – compulsory
Leading Teams
Te Ārahi Tira
Leading Pedagogical Change
Te Ārahi Huringa Tikanga Whakaako
Organisational Leadership
Te Ārahitanga ā-Whakahaere

Elective papers – choose one
Māori Leadership
Te Ārahitanga Māori i te Mātauranga Kōhungahunga
Pasifika Leadership in Early Childhood
Te Ārahitanga Moana-Nui-A-Kiwa i te Mātauranga Kōhungahunga
Leading Social Change
Te Ārahi Huringa Pāpori