Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Teaching and Learning Languages)

This qualification offers educators at all levels thorough engagement with our current understanding of language acquisition and learning, language curriculum design and language policy. Can be the basis of further study to Masters level.

The Teaching and Learning Languages endorsement serves the professional development needs of a variety of teachers engaged in languages teaching, including:

  • early years, primary and secondary teachers, and ESOL specialist teachers, who are working with students who are recent migrants, including Pasifika students, or international students;
  • teachers of EFL and other languages who are seeking a language teaching qualification, including native speakers of languages other than English;
  • generalist primary teachers who may now be teaching language to their students as a result of the introduction of the new Learning Languages area of The New Zealand Curriculum (2007);
  • teachers who are supporting Maori students in transitioning from immersion/bilingual programs into English medium contexts; and
  • school leaders supporting teacher learning, curriculum development, and/or policy implementation for engaging diverse learners

Structure and duration

The Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Teaching and Learning Languages) consists of four courses: EDEM631EDMM632, one restricted optional course (EDEM615 or EDEM633) and one optional course from the MEd Schedule A or Schedule B (see the Suitable Optional Courses listed below), totalling 120 points. This can take take one year full-time, up to four years part-time.

Compulsory Courses:

  • EDEM631Foundations of Language Acquisition and Learning Log in as a guest (Semester 2)
  • EDMM632Issues in Language Acquisition and Learning (Semester 1)

Restricted Optional Courses (choose at least one of these):

  • EDEM615 Learning & Teaching Languages (Summer Semester)
  • EDEM633Foundations of Technology-Enhanced Language Learning (Semester 2)

Suitable Optional Courses include:

  • EDEM615 Learning & Teaching Languages (Summer Semester)
  • EDEM633 Foundations of Technology-Enhanced Language Learning (Semester 2)
  • EDMM633 Issues in Technology-Enhanced Language Learning (Summer Semester)
  • EDEM628 Effective Practices with E-Learning (Semester 1)

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Entry requirements

Postgraduate certificates and diplomas require a relevant bachelor's degree. If you gained your qualifications overseas, these will need to be assessed to ensure they are of an equivalent standard.

Candidates must be approved as a candidate for the diploma by the Dean of Education. The relevance and standard of undergraduate studies and any subsequent professional work experience are the main criteria of approval.

You are also required to meet UC’sEnglish language requirements.

  • IELTS Academic with an average score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • TOEFL iBT total minimum score of 90, minimum score of 20 in writing
  • TOEFL PBT with a minimum score of 575 and TWE with a minimum score of 4.5
  • CCEL EAP Level 2 with a minimum B+ grade
  • CPE with a minimum B grade
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) PTE with an overall score of 64 and no PTE communicative skills score below 58.

How to apply

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