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University of Auckland

Auckland , North Island ,New Zealand

Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Leadership

This program is designed to develop the knowledge and skills that aspiring and current educational leaders need to meet the need for high-quality, equitable learning opportunities for all children.

The courses are taught by nationally and internationally respected academic staff whose research has had a considerable impact on New Zealand’s educational policy and practice.


  • Equips you with skills and knowledge to advance your leadership, career and salary prospects.
  • Includes opportunities for workplace projects.
  • It can be taken as a stand-alone qualification or as a pathway into the Master of Educational Leadership.

Campus Information

Epsom Campus

The Epsom Campus is the main campus for the Faculty of Education and Social Work and is home to approximately 3500 students.


  • March
  • July

Application Processing Time in Days: 30

Application Process

10 Days

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

This program provides you with the knowledge and skills needed to be an outstanding leader in the education sector.

Jobs related to this program

  • Education consultant
  • Policy development manager (education)
  • Professional development facilitator
  • School head of department
  • School principal
  • School senior leadership team member
  • Senior teacher

PSW Opportunity

You can apply for a Post-study Work Visa for up to 3 years.

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

Program requirements
You must have completed an undergraduate degree from a recognized university (or similar institution) and a professional qualification in teaching (or similar profession).

Note: If you already hold the same or a substantially similar qualification, you may not be admitted to this program. This includes the Master of Education in Educational Administration, the Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Management, and the Master of Educational Management at the University of Auckland.

You will also need at least three years’ practical experience in teaching (or in a related profession) including experience in a formal or informal leadership and/or management role.