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Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Educational Administration and Leadership)

Key facts

  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Available for international students via distance learning

Take your passion for education further

Develop the skills and knowledge you need to progress your career as an educational leader.

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What is it like?

The Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Educational Administration and Leadership) will build on your professional experience as an aspiring, middle or experienced leader. It will help you create and sustain ethical, inclusive and socially just learning environments. It is an applied programme that prepares teachers and leaders in early childhood, primary, secondary and tertiary contexts for the challenges of taking the lead in their educational settings.

Learn from the best

Massey is a leading provider of postgraduate qualifications in educational administration and leadership, with more than 30 years’ experience in the field. You will gain insights into your own leadership practices through analysing the latest theories, policies and practices. Our teachers are experienced and inspirational practitioners with deep specialist knowledge.

Leadership of and for learning

The Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Educational Administration and Leadership) has a dual emphasis on applied educational leadership and critical thinking and analysis. Our courses are shaped by contemporary national and international research, and our understanding of the diverse contexts of educational leadership practice. You will be encouraged to analyse and appreciate how theory and practice inform each other.

Join a learning community

Join like-minded educational leaders to critically reflect upon your own experiences whether you are an experienced or aspiring educational leader. You will be part of a collaborative academic community, sharing, exploring and debating current educational challenges and opportunities.

Flexible learning

Massey is a leader in distance learning. You will stay in contact with your teachers and peers through our collaborative on-line learning environment. Distance learning lets you fit your study round your life and commitments; you can study anywhere, anytime, full or part-time, whatever suits you.

Massey is ranked in the world’s top 150 universities for education in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) ranking.

Your qualification options

Please note that the Postgraduate Diploma in Education does not qualify you to be a teacher in New Zealand. If you want to be a teacher, you will also need to take a postgraduate teaching qualification. Please explore your options in our education pathways tool.

A good fit if you:

  • Are passionate about teaching and learning
  • Are an educational leader or aspiring to a leadership role


Graduates of the Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Educational Administration and Leadership) are commonly working as teachers, advisers, coordinators, registrars or principals in school or tertiary settings.

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