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Postgraduate Diploma in Educational and Developmental Psychology

Key facts

  • Available via Distance Learning
  • 1 year full-time study (part-time over two years only with approval)
  • Not available for international students

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements for the Postgraduate Diploma in Educational and Developmental Psychology (the Internship) are detailed in the regulations. All applicants must make an online Selected Entry application and be selected onto the programme. The closing date for applications for new students is 3 October and 11 January for returning students.

  • a B+ average or above over a completed Master of Educational and Developmental Psychology or over a Postgraduate Certificate in Educational and Developmental Psychology (or equivalent) and
  • at least 60 credits of approved psychology courses including at least 45 credits at 200 level or higher and
  • meet all requirements as set by the New Zealand Psychologists Board for registration as an Intern Educational Psychologist and
  • meet the requirements as set by the New Zealand Psychologists Board, in terms of good character and fitness to be registered and
  • access to a suitable psychology practice context and professional supervision for the duration of the programme.

What documents do you need to supply to support your application?

  • a copy of your academic transcript/s
  • a copy of your current curriculum vitae (including education and employment for at least the last five years)
  • personal statement / cover letter
  • a completed NZ Police Request and Consent form, along with two pieces of verified identification (one of which must be photographic) from the list of acceptable forms of identification on the Checklist
  • a copy of a police report from every country you have lived in for more than 12 months in the last 10 years. Please do not supply originals.
  • contact details of two referees
  • Skype address (if your interview must be carried out by Skype due to exceptional circumstances, or if you are not able to attend at Albany)

Further details of these requirements can be found below.

Entry to the Postgraduate Diploma in Educational and Developmental Psychology (the Internship) is determined by a selection committee that meets in early November. The purpose of the selection is to determine academic background and experience of applicants to undertake professional training in educational psychology. An interview may be required.

Criteria for selection for the Postgraduate Diploma in Educational and Developmental Psychology (the Internship) programme are as follows:

  • Met all the entry requirements for the PGDipEdDevPsych programme.
  • Professional background and related experience: Applicants should have relevant background experience in education and hold an appropriate professional qualification.
  • Availability of supervision and professional support: While the intention is to make the programme widely available throughout New Zealand, selection will be dependent upon the availability of supervision and appropriate settings for work experience.

If you have any short or long-term disability including learning disability or heath issue that may affect your study, please upload a summary in your application. If you disclose any disability, health or personal information as part of your application, this will be assessed during the selection process and is confidential to the University staff processing your application.

Curriculum vitae

Please provide a full CV including details of your education and professional qualifications, employment history with dates and descriptions of roles and responsibilities, membership of associations/organisations, and a list of professional publications and research reports. Please ensure this includes evidence of sufficient background experience.

Personal statement / cover letter

Please supply a statement articulating what you can bring to the role of an educational psychologist including your personal philosophy/philosophies about education, and learning and development in the context of Aotearoa.

‘Good character and fitness’

Successful completion of this programme and your internship leads to membership of the NZ Psychologists Board. To become a member, you must meet the NZ Psychologists Board’s criteria for membership. If there are any circumstances in your past personal or professional life that you disclose as a part of your application, these will be assessed during the selection process and are confidential to the University staff assessing your application.


We require two people who can act as referees for you and who are able to provide informed responses on your personal suitability for the programme. A referee should be someone who has known you for one year or more in the capacity of employer, educator, work colleague or person of community standing, ie, Kaumatua, Minister or similar. Your referee should not be a friend, flatmate, relative or someone who has not known you for at least a year. The information your referee supplies is confidential to those involved in the selection process.


Interviews will take place Tuesday 15 October and Wednesday 16 October in Palmerston North. You are welcome to bring whanau or support people to the interview if you choose. An interview by Skype is available for those applicants not able to be at Albany. You will be asked to indicate your preference, if you are shortlisted.  

Safety checks and disclosure of criminal convictions

All applicants are required to undergo a number of safety checks. This includes police vetting (including confirmation of identity) and further checks required under the Vulnerable Children Act 2014, Vulnerable Children Regulations 2015 and the Children’s Action Plan. You will be required to permit the Institute of Education to ask the New Zealand Police to disclose any information held on the Police record system.

For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.


All candidates commencing study towards the PGDipEdDevPsych on or after 1 January 2017 must satisfy the requirements specified in these regulations.
Candidates who commenced study towards the PGDipEdDevPsych prior to 1 January 2017 may choose to transfer to these regulations or continue under previous regulations, but in either case must satisfy all requirements as specified by the end of 2019.

Planning your programme

The Postgraduate Diploma in Educational and Developmental Psychology (the Internship) is an integrated programme and students will normally be enrolled concurrently in all four courses. Most students complete the programme in one year (full-time study). In exceptional circumstances and only with the approval of the Academic Board or their delegate, the supervised practical work may be completed part-time over two academic years.


Delivery of the PGDipEdDevPsych is by Distance mode with compulsory on-campus contact workshops.

Postgraduate Diploma in Educational and Developmental Psychology structure

To complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Educational and Developmental Psychology (the Internship), students must pass 120 credits. To find out how to plan your study and to see the courses that are necessary to complete the programme, please check the regulations. If you would like to find out more about individual course requirements, please use our Course Search.

To qualify for the diploma, every student shall complete to the satisfaction of the Academic Board or their delegate supervised full-time practical work for a period of one academic year, in accordance with the requirements of the courses included in the schedule to the diploma.

These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas and Postgraduate Certificates


256.841 Applied Contemporary Practice in Educational Psychology (30 credits)
256.843 Evidence-based Practice in Educational Psychology (30 credits)
256.844 Competencies for Educational Psychologists (30 credits)
256.846 Professional Leadership in Educational Psychology (30 credits)

Majors or endorsements

The Postgraduate Diploma in Educational and Developmental Psychology is awarded without specialisation.

In cases of sufficient merit, the Postgraduate Diploma in Educational and Developmental Psychology may be awarded with distinction or merit.

How much will it cost?

We can't tell you the exact cost until you have chosen your courses, as the tuition fees you pay each year vary depending on the courses you choose. There will also be compulsory non-tuition fees you have to pay in addition to your tuition fees. For some courses there may be other charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

To get an approximate idea of tuition costs for typical study areas, you can use our quick guide to programme fees.

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Financial assistance

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