Postgraduate Certificate in Digital & Collaborative Learning

Level 8 – NZQA accredited

Build your confidence and reignite your love for teaching with our collaborative and practical online postgraduate programme – giving you the skills to bring digital technologies into your classroom and respond to the changing world of education.

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Programme overview

A flexible, fun and practical postgraduate certificate enabling teachers of Aotearoa to confidently implement the Digital Technologies learning areas | Hangarau Matihiko tupuranga of the New Zealand curriculum in your own learning contexts, as soon as you start learning with us.

This qualification enables teachers to drive impact and lead change in your classroom. Drawing from research and contemporary teaching practice and combining this with new educational policies and practices and hands-on, applied learning, this is an innovative and highly practical postgraduate certificate.

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What you'll walk away with

New theoretical and practical knowledge about teaching and learning, supported by research and applied practice
Knowledge of contemporary education practices and learn how to integrate relevant technologies and techniques into your classroom
A more student-centered and collaborative approach to learning
Opportunities to innovate and lead in your professional practice

Key dates & structure

Click to see key dates and programme structure for our upcoming intakes.

Programme details

Time requirement 

37 weeks of part-time study, primarily online learning.

As part of this postgrad you will be required to dedicate the following time:

  • 1 x 90 minute live, facilitated online session each week.
  • Weekly applied, hands-on learning in your classroom + additional preparation and collaboration work outside of this (roughly 6-8 hours per week)
  • 2 x sets of block days in week 1 and week 15 (see key dates for more details) 

For the detailed schedule, view our 2023 Student Handbook.


Any face-to-face sessions will be at The Mind Lab – 99 Khyber Pass Road, Grafton, Auckland.

Next intakes

  • March 2023 intake: 6th March 2023 – 29th October 2023
  • August 2023 intake: 14th August 2023 – 28th April 2023.

There are 80 places available in each intake.


Domestic (NZ student fees): $3,320 inc GST
International students, onshore: $16,599 inc GST

Discounts and scholarships

  • 2023 scholarships available
  • We offer an earlybird discount of 10% for enrolments received 4 weeks prior to course start date for domestic students. This takes the full programme cost to $2,988 inc GST.
  • Domestic students are eligible to apply for StudyLink Student Loans, Fees Free, or there are also a range of local grants and scholarships available for postgraduate study, contact us to talk through some of the options.

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 will also be considered. Please contact us to discuss your individual circumstances.

International students

This programme is available to study as an international student either via online distance learning or if you currently reside in New Zealand and your visa conditions allow study. To find out more about studying with The Mind Lab as an international student, and for programme fees, visit our International Students page.

Learn. Stack. Build. Master.

This postgraduate certificate is stackable. Credits earned can be stacked towards a Master’s Degree. Find out how it works.

‘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

Payment options

$3,320 inc GST

The following discounts and payment options are available:

The Mind Lab Scholarships

A range of different scholarships are available, and you can apply as part of your enrolment process.

Earlybird discount

There is an earlybird offer of 10% off for anyone who enrols 4 weeks or earlier.


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

Fees Free

Fees Free enables learners to get one year's study or two years' training fees-free.

School sponsorship

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

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
Confidently deliver the digital technology curriculum areas

Meet the team

David Parsons
National Postgraduate Director
Milla Inkila
Postgraduate Director
Darcy Vo
Postgraduate Director
Maria Treadaway
Postgraduate Facilitator
Joni Angeli-Gordon
Postgraduate Facilitator
Rochelle Thorn
Postgraduate Facilitator
Clare Edgar
Programme Coordinator

Course outline

Our Postgraduate Certificate consists of the following two integrated course components:

DCLC8001 Digital and Collaborative Transformation in Learning and Leadership – 30 credits

DCLC8002 Leading Research Informed Innovation in Practice – 30 credits

Looking for something shorter?

If you need more of a ‘crash course’ and can’t commit to 37 weeks of learning, you may be interested in this micro-credential. Level 8 and NZQA accredited, this course is delivered fully online and in a self-paced format, with optional sessions throughout the course if you’d like additional support.

Learn more about our Digital & Collaborative Teaching & Learning Micro-credential

Looking for something more comprehensive?

And if you want to take your learning to another level – consider a Masters degree. Our contemporary, practical Masters will equip you with the skills and pedagogy you need to enact change in your education environment. Part time and full time options available.

Learn more about our Master of Contemporary Education


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