Programme overview

Do you want to advance your career in the education sector, but can't commit to long-term study? The Postgraduate Certificate in Educational Leadership and Management delivers professional learning for current and aspiring leaders in all education sectors and agencies. It gives you the skills to enhance learning and teaching - whether directly or indirectly. You explore both theory and practice at an advanced level, and learn in a supportive environment from lecturers who are experts in their field.


  • A strong focus on professional practice.
  • A contemporary and academically sound form of in-depth professional development that ensures your learning is relevant to your career and to today's education environment.
  • A chance to share knowledge and experience with other education professionals.
  • Academic staff with a wealth of experience in practical and research settings in public and private educational organisations.
  • A combination of intensive on-campus study (held during nationally recognised non-teaching breaks) and open learning.
  • Part-time or full-time study options available.
  • Cross-credit towards the Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Leadership and Management, the Master of Educational Leadership and Management or the Master of Education.

Admission requirements

To be eligible for admission, applicants must meet the general, or the discretionary, or the special admission requirements and they must also meet any programme-specific admission requirements. Applicants must also meet the English language requirements and may be interviewed.

Generic Admission Requirements

General Admission

Applicants must have one of the following, or equivalent:

  1. a recognised bachelor degree in the same or similar discipline, with merit achievement deemed to be an average grade of B- or higher in all level 7 courses; OR
  2. a professional qualification in a relevant discipline, recognised as being equivalent to merit achievement in a bachelor degree.

Special Admission

Applicants may be eligible for admission if they meet the special admission requirements outlined in the programme schedule for the postgraduate certificate.

English Language Admission Requirements

General English Language Requirements

Applicants must have achieved a minimum standard of English as demonstrated by a minimum of 8 credits at NCEA Level 2 in English (4 in Reading, 4 in Writing).

English language entry requirements for international students for whom English is not their first language:

Applicants must have at least ONE of the following:

a) Gained NCEA level 3 and met New Zealand university entrance requirements;

b) Clear evidence that they satisfy one of the following criteria for existing English proficiency:

  1. Previous primary and secondary study in English as evidenced by completion of one of the following at schools with English as the language of instruction in countries with a student visa approval rate of at least 80 per cent:
    • Completion of all primary education and at least three years of secondary education (that is, the equivalent of New Zealand Forms 3 to 7 or years 9 to 13), or
    • Completion of at least five years of secondary education (that is, the equivalent of New Zealand Forms 3 to 7 or years 9 to 13)
  2. Previous tertiary study in English: clear evidence of completion of a tertiary qualification of at least three years’ duration with English as the language of instruction in New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom or the United States.
  3. Achievement of the Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA)

c) Achieved, within the preceding two years, at least one of the English proficiency outcomes listed below:

  1. NZ Certificate in English Language (NZCEL) (Academic) (Level 5)
  2. An overall IELTS band score (Academic Format) of 6.5 with no band score lower than 6. The IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form.
  3. An overall TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT) score of 590 (essay 5.5 TWE) OR an overall TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) Score of 79 (writing 21)
  4. University of Cambridge English Examinations: CAE or CPE with a score of 176. No less than 169 in each skill
  5. Pearson Test of English PToE (Academic) with a score of 58.

Programme Specific Admission Requirements

To be admitted to this programme, applicants must also meet the requirements set out in this schedule.

Programme specific admission requirements

To be admitted to this programme, all applicants must meet the following requirements in addition to the requirement set out in the Postgraduate Certificate Generic Regulations:

  1. a minimum of three years of appropriate work experience in an educational organisation;
  2. practising status in an educational organisation which shall enable them to adopt an institution-wide perspective of educational leadership and management, and shall also enable them to conduct institution-based assignment work.

Special admission

An applicant may be considered for special admission if he/she:

  1. holds a teaching certificate and/or a diploma in teaching; or
  2. has completed a specialist educational leadership/management programme at Level 7 or higher and has achieved a B average in that programme.

English Language Requirement

An applicant must have an overall IELTS (Academic) band score of not less than 6.5 with no score lower than 6.5

Courses and timetables

Please check back in December for timetable information for 2017.

Leadership in Education (EDUC8881) 30 credits (0.25 EFTS)Students will critically examine the core and contemporary leadership theories relevant to educational practice and settings. Aspects of leadership related to the management of diversity will be explored. Central to critical enquiry in this course is the concept of educational leadership.
Education Policy and Strategy (EDUC8882) 30 credits (0.25 EFTS)Students will critically examine and interpret education policy. They will gain an understanding of and ability to apply and evaluate concepts of quality, strategic and financial management, and strategic marketing in educational settings.
Human Resources in Education (EDUC8883) 30 credits (0.25 EFTS)Students will critically examine the theory and practice of human resources management, including performance management and leadership development in educational settings. Students will also apply theories of organisational learning to the resolution of organisational and people problems.
Organisation Theory in Education (EDUC8884) 30 credits (0.25 EFTS)Students will be able to analyse and critique organisation theories in the context of leading and managing educational teams and organisations. The course will focus on collaborative decision-making, organisational culture and change management.
Development Issues in Educational Leadership & Management (EDUC8887) 30 credits (0.25 EFTS)Students will critique the knowledge base of an educational leadership and management issue.