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 and provide highly relevant professional development for the Digital Technologies learning areas | Hangarau Matihiko tupuranga of the New Zealand curriculum.

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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

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.

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Key dates for upcoming intakes

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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 180-credit Master’s programme.

‘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

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 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 and independent school educators, leaving just $1,305 + GST to pay.

ADVANCE Plus Scholarships

Educators from Decile 1-4 schools may be eligible for a full $2,805 + GST ADVANCE Plus scholarship. Terms and conditions apply.

For more information please see Scholarships & Subsidies.

Payment options

$2,805 + GST

The following discounts and payment options are available:

ADVANCE Education scholarships

Scholarships are available to all public and independent 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 10% off for early childhood and tertiary educators who enrol 6 weeks or earlier.

Fees-free study

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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 part-time, 35-week programme is structured primarily through online learning.

Please note: the January 2021 intake will be delivered entirely online, the delivery method of further intakes will include a dace-to-face component.


The study workload outside the facilitated 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:

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.

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.

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