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Programme overview

Are you working in an adult learning environment, and want to improve your knowledge of educational and professional development and educational research issues? As a prospective student, you may be teaching in a tertiary organisation, teaching evening classes, working at a private training establishment, supporting adult refugees as they learn English or be involved in training and professional development within your company/organisation. The Graduate Diploma in Higher Education helps you work with and educate adults, whether you're a lecturer, manager or support staff. You will expand your expertise in adult teaching, as well as your understanding of educational development, learning technologies, and educational research.


  • An ability to tailor the programme to the needs of your career.
  • A wide range of courses, including effective teaching and learning strategies, educational development, learning technologies and aspects of educational research.
  • Highly qualified teaching professionals who are supported by up-to-date technology and responsive to the learning communities they serve.
  • Focus on user-friendly tools for students and tutors.
  • Emphasis on self-reflection.
  • Courses are a mix of block courses and interactive workshop-based sessions, self-directed learning and/or face-to-face sessions. Many courses can be completed via distance learning.

Are you a Unitec staff member?

If you're a Unitec staff member, and you're interested in studying the Graduate Diploma in Higher Education beginning July 2018, get in touch with Divya Sharma.

Admission requirements

For this programme, you will need the following:

1. A recognised degree, a professional qualification in a relevant discipline or the ability to demonstrate competencies equivalent to the above
2. A minimum of 8 credits at NCEA Level 2 in English (4 in reading, 4 in writing) 
3. If English is not your first language, you'll need one or more of the following:

  • Have achieved NCEA Level 3 and New Zealand University entrance
  • Be able to provide evidence you satisfy our criteria for existing English proficiency
  • Have achieved at least one English proficiency outcome in the last two years

Don’t meet the requirements? We also accept:

  • Provide sufficient evidence to be eligible for special or discretionary admission.

For more information download the programme regulations:

Programme Regulations

Courses and timetables

For more details on the courses including timetables, please click on the course names below.

Effective Learning and Teaching Strategies (EDUC6101) 30 credits (0.25 EFTS)To develop effective teaching and learning capabilities. To enable participants to extend their current perspectives on core issues of tertiary education, and integrate Matauranga Maori Principles.
Social Learning Technologies (EDUC7102) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To explore the implications of new and emerging learning technologies to enhance student learning and own pedagogical practice.
Developing Successful Performance (EDUC7104) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)In an evaluative and critical manner effectively employ strategies to develop successful professional performance as leaders or learning.
Negotiated Project (EDUC7107) 30 credits (0.25 EFTS)To enable candidates to undertake a project in the form of a development activity as an alternative way of achieving the graduate profile other than through course work.
Professional Practice in Education Portfolio (EDUC7735) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To provide an opportunity for participants to integrate continuing professional development/education in a critical, reflective framework.
Negotiated Study (EDUC7736) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To critically reflect on an aspect of educational practice via a negotiated learning contract





The 'Key Information for Students' below does not reflect any international student information.

Please take this information as a guideline only. For example, you will often see a difference between these tuition fees and our estimate above. This is because there are a number of variables, such as the specific courses chosen within a programme.

The national graduate outcomes information is for all tertiary New Zealand providers including Unitec. This information is provided by the New Zealand Government and is derived from a national database that links educational and income information.

Key Information for Students

Entry requirements

Minimum requirements: A recognised degree, professional relevant qualification or ability to demonstrate equivalent competencies plus English language requirements. Special and discretionary admission also accepted.

Detailed requirements: See the above "Admission requirements" section for more information about entry to this progrogramme.


1 Year

Tuition Fees


Total Qualification

Student fees:  $5,749$5,749
Government tuition subsidy: $6,135$6,135

Compulsory Student Services Fee
Student loan information available at StudyLink.

National graduate outcomes

(3 years after completion)
Median earnings$52,413
Earnings range$43,614 - $56,549
In employment85%
In further study10%
On a benefit1%

Note:All KIS information is the most recent available relating to domestic students only. Click here for more information about the Key Information for Students.