Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership (ECE)
Te Tītohu Paerua i te Ārahitanga (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.

Register interest

Applications for study commencing in February 2021 have now closed. Please register interest if you would like to be notified when applications for the 2021 mid-year intakes are open.

This Level 8 postgraduate qualification has a strong emphasis on work-based leadership practice within the ECE context. Students will develop their leadership skills through connection with other students and engagement with current research.

Students who graduate with the Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership (ECE) – Tītohu Paerua i te Ārahitanga (ECE) are eligible to staircase into a Level 9 master’s degree, with the four courses contributing to the first part of a master’s degree.

Students who complete the Leading Pedagogical Change and Leading Teams courses are eligible to graduate with a Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership (ECE) – Tiwhikete Paerua i te Ārahitanga (ECE).


Programme delivery
Te ara tuku

This is a 120-credit qualification comprising four 30-credit courses. It is equivalent to 1 full-time academic year but can be completed part-time within 2 years. Full-time students need to set aside 30–34 hours per week, which is why most students choose to study part-time.

Three of the four courses are compulsory core courses, with the other being an elective course. The programme blends online and face-to-face learning. There is one 1.5-day block course per course.

A 1-day orientation course for new students precedes the block course, which is usually held in Wellington.

Contact us

0800 244 532

Virtual Open Days

Monday 2 November - 7pm to 8pm
Zoom Meeting ID: 810 0541 1839

Wednesday 18 November - 7pm to 8pm
Zoom Meeting ID: 858 3359 3360

Thursday 3 December - 7pm to 8pm
Zoom Meeting ID: 810 1969 1028

Register interest

22 January 2021

Admission requirements
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 must be able to provide a copy of their academic transcript.

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