Postgraduate Certificate in Digital & Collaborative Learning

Level 8 – NZQA accredited

A flexible postgraduate qualification designed to develop capabilities and skills in response to a new generation of highly digital students. This qualification also provides highly relevant professional development for the Digital Technologies learning areas | Hangarau Matihiko tupuranga of the New Zealand curriculum.

Programme Highlights

Gain new theoretical and practical knowledge about teaching and learning, supported by research and applied practice
Build your knowledge of contemporary education practices and learn how to integrate relevant technologies and techniques into your classroom
Develop a more student-centered and collaborative approach to learning
Identify opportunities to innovate and lead in your professional practice

The Mind Lab Founder Frances Valintine, along with our alumni, talk openly about the changes ahead for New Zealand education

Programme Overview

This qualification enables teachers to drive impact and lead change, drawing from research and contemporary teaching practice to develop a critical understanding of new educational policies and practices.

Developed by leading education experts, and underpinned by applied, practical knowledge for implementation into your teaching practice, this innovative, blended postgraduate qualification provides a highly recognised postgraduate certificate for all New Zealand educators.


Click the intake to see current and upcoming locations for this programme.

Postgraduate Digital Technologies Workshops

Are you eager to develop digital skills and fluency? Curious about the new Digital Technologies areas of the curriculum? Hungry to experience a Mind Lab activity? Don’t just watch from the sidelines – join us at a free workshop!

Our Postgraduate Digital Technologies Workshops offer engaging, supportive and insightful introductions into The Mind Lab and the Digital Technologies curriculum content.

You’ll meet a community of like-minded educators, speak with our friendly facilitators, learn about our Postgraduate Certificate in Digital and Collaborative Learning, and leave inspired to explore new ideas and ways of teaching.

Key Dates for Current and Upcoming Intakes

March 2019 Key Dates

25th March 2019 – 10th November 2019 – full 32-week course

Stage One Start Date: 25th March 2019

Break (Easter week): 22nd April 2019 – 28th April 2019

Stage Two Start Date: 22nd July 2019

End Date: 10th November 2019


July 2019 Key Dates

22nd July 2019 – 22nd March 2020 – full 32-week course

Stage One Start Date: 22nd July 2019

Stage Two Start Date: 11th November 2019

End Date: 22nd March 2020


As well as being a standalone qualification, this Postgraduate Certificate also acts as the first part of the Master of Contemporary Education, providing the first 60 credits of the 120-credit Master’s programme.

Key Benefits

Upskill your teaching practice without disruption to your career
Lead impactful change through applied knowledge and collaboration
Network with a community of like-minded educators
Prepare for the new 2020 digital technology curriculum areas

Entry Requirements

Educators with either an undergraduate qualification (not necessarily in education) or a Diploma in Education will automatically qualify for entry. Applicants with other qualifications/experience can also be considered.

Please contact us to discuss your individual circumstances.


ADVANCE Education Scholarships

ADVANCE Education Scholarships are available to cover $1,500 + GST of the tuition fees for all public school educators, leaving just $1,250 + GST to pay.

ADVANCE Plus Scholarships

Educators from Decile 1-3 schools may be eligible for a full $2,750 + GST ADVANCE Plus scholarship. Terms and conditions apply.

For more information please see Scholarships & Subsidies.

Payment Options

$2,750 + GST

The following discounts and payment options are available:

ADVANCE Education Scholarships

Scholarships are available to all public school teachers. See above for more information.


Postgraduate students are eligible to apply for StudyLink Student Loans. Visit to apply.

Early-Bird Discount

There is an Early-Bird offer of 15% off for independent (private), early childhood, and tertiary educators.

Pay Now Discount

There is a ‘Pay Now’ discount of 10% for those who want to pay the full fee through our enrolments site.

Fees-Free Study

Check whether you are able to access fees-free education in 2019 by visiting

School Sponsorship

Option to request invoice to your school or board if they are paying all or part of the fee on your behalf.

Structure and Workload


The programme lasts 32 weeks, divided into two 16-week periods. The first 16 weeks of the programme use a blended learning approach, with a weekly four-hour face-to-face session scheduled outside of school hours (generally 4pm – 8pm), supported by online learning. The face-to-face sessions are held in various locations across New Zealand.

The second 16-week period is fully online, with regular webinars and work-based teacher inquiry projects.


The study workload outside the time spent at the four-hour workshop sessions is expected to be 6-8 hours per week in your own time. However, given that the programme is applied and work-based, it is expected that many of these hours will be part of your classroom practice.

Course Outline

The Certificate consists of the following four integrated course components:

First 16 weeks
Face-to-face sessions


CISC8110: Digital and Collaborative Learning in Context – 15 credits

Based on contemporary educational theory, policy and research, identify and evaluate the potential of digital and collaborative learning to positively impact on educational practice and outcomes.

CISC8104: Leadership in Digital and Collaborative Learning – 15 credits

Lead innovation in digital and collaborative learning that draws upon concepts of transformational leadership theory, educational theory and research.

Second 16 weeks
Online and work-based study


CISC8101: Research and Community Informed Practice – 15 credits

Become a critical reviewer of research relevant to specific education practice or field of expertise. Develop a deeper understanding of literature reviews, and research-informed practice to formulate research questions in a field of study.

CISC8100: Applied Practice in Context – 15 credits

Critically examine and contextualise teaching philosophies and applied practice to develop a critical understanding of how indigenous knowledge and cultural responsiveness, society, ethics, environment and law inform education and teaching.

‘If we teach students today how we were taught, we are failing generations ... If we want to change student outcomes, we have to change what teachers are doing in the classroom.’

Billy Merchant, Deputy Principal, Pakuranga College

Applications are open for July

Scholarships available for all state school educators.