Te Tītohu Paerua i te Ārahitanga (ECE)

Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership (ECE)

Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership (ECE)

A dynamic part or full-time course for ECE leaders and aspiring leaders.


This postgraduate course is a 120-credit Level 8 qualification and is equivalent to one full-time academic year but may be completed part-time within 4 years.button for easy access to information about this qualification

Deepen your knowledge and gain valuable skills to further enhance your leadership capability by connecting with other ECE leaders and engaging with current research.

This qualification is about theorising and applying leadership practice in early childhood education contexts. A mid-year intake is also available.


  • Comprises four papers. Three of these papers are compulsory core papers, and one is an elective paper (from a choice of three).
  • Students who complete the Leading Pedagogical Change (LDCH4) and Leading Teams (LDTM4) papers are eligible to graduate with a Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership (ECE).
  • This blended delivery course is delivered online and supplemented with two 1½-day block courses per paper.
  • The four PGDip papers can be used to staircase into a university master’s degree. ECNZ has brokered partnerships with universities in both New Zealand and Australia.

Quick facts
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Programme delivery
Te ara tuku

The programme is delivered through a blend of online teaching and learning with two 1½ day face-to-face block courses per paper. A 1-day orientation course precedes the first block course.

Block Courses
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Block courses are normally held in Wellington, however, dependent on numbers other locations may be considered.
The courses will consist of the following face-to-face sessions: Please see 2018 dates below.

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*30 January and 13 July are orientation days for new students.

**Block Course previously scheduled for 21-23 July has been rescheduled to 13-15 July.

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Course outline

The Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership (ECE) is a 120-credit Level 8 qualification.

Entry requirements

Students must hold a relevant NZQA equivalent level 7 teaching degree or diploma and be working in an early childhood service or in an organisation that has an early childhood education-related focus.

Study requirements

Weekly requirements on this full-time programme include:


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We offer competitive pricing for students on our postgraduate programme. 


A range of scholarships are available to domestic ECNZ students.

Student loans

You are eligible for a student loan and/or allowance if you are a New Zealand citizen, or have permanent residency, and meet StudyLink criteria.