Postgraduate Certificate in Digital & Collaborative Learning

Gain practical skills with this collaborative, practical online postgraduate programme to utilise digital technologies, collaboration, contemporary pedagogy and new approaches to the leadership of learning in your classroom.

NZ$3,320inc GST
Postgraduate Certificate in Digital & Collaborative Learning (60 Credits)
Blended; online learning & face-to-face sessions


What this course offers and how you will benefit

This flexible Level 8 NZQA accredited (60 Credits) postgraduate certificate is designed to enable teachers of Aotearoa to confidently implement the Digital Technologies learning areas |  tupuranga Hangarau Matihiko of the New Zealand curriculum in your own learning contexts.

This future-focused qualification enables you to drive impact and lead change in your classroom. Drawing from research and contemporary teaching practice, and combining this with new educational philosophies and practices, you’ll gain hands-on, applied learning during this highly practical postgraduate certificate.

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If we want to change student outcomes, we have to change what teachers are doing in the classroom. - Billy Merchant, Deputy Principal, Pakuranga College, Auckland

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Understand new theoretical and practical knowledge about teaching and learning, supported by research and applied practice

Explore a more student-centred and collaborative approach to learning

Gain knowledge of contemporary education practices and learn how to integrate relevant technologies and techniques into your classroom

Opportunities to innovate and lead in your professional practice


Where this could take you

Apply your digital knowledge in a collaborative way in the classroom or continue your education

Future outcome

Develop and apply digital and collaborative teaching and learning practices in your educational context and enable your learners to build 21st century skills.

Boost your career

Develop confidence as a leader and apply your learning and skills to lead education initiatives integrating digital and collaborative pedagogies in your school or community

Continued learning

Take your education to the next level with our Master of Contemporary Education


How this programme works

Incorporate contemporary learning into your classroom

Apply and Enrol

If you are ready to enrol, complete the online application form. We will be in touch to and provide all you need to know to get started on your journey to enhance your teaching practice

Phase 1: DCLC8001

Digital and Collaborative Transformation in Learning and Leadership Evaluate the role of digital technologies and collaboration in changing educational environments and reflect on your professional practice to identify opportunities for innovation.

Phase 2: DCLC8002

Leading Research Informed Innovation in Practice Develop evidence based, culturally intelligent approaches to lead the implementation of digital and collaborative learning initiatives in your practice.

Follow up

Put your innovation into practice or further your knowledge with our Master of Contemporary Education

What you need to know


This programme is delivered part time, over 37 weeks. 

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

  • 1 x 90 minute live, facilitated online session each week (there are two times to choose from_.

  • 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, delivered face-to-face or online.

Note: The learning outcomes are the same whether you attend online or face-to-face, however those who choose to join us face-to-face will have the chance to connect in person with others on the programme, and academyEX team.

For further information, download our 2023 student prospectus.

There are two intakes of this postgraduate certificate per year, starting in March and August in 2023. 

For more details about key dates, download our 2023 student prospectus.

To be eligible to study on the Programme, applicants must meet the admission criteria. The high-level entry criteria as approved by NZQA are as follows:

  • have a bachelor’s degree (or level 7 Graduate Diploma) in education or similar discipline; OR

  • provide documentary evidence of outcomes in an education work environment to demonstrate an ability to perform in the Programme and commit to achieving its outcomes. 

Evidence of English Language proficiency is also required for International Students.

For further information, including how to demonstrate equivalent professional experience, download our 2023 Student Prospectus.

Applications close one week before the start date of the intake you are applying for. Please see Key Dates in our 2023 student prospectus for specific application close dates. Applications may be accepted on a case-by-case basis after the application close date at the discretion of academyEX. Please contact if applications are closed and you would like to apply.

  • The domestic tuition fee for the Programme is $3,320 (including GST). 

  • The fee for international students in New Zealand is NZD$16,599 (including GST)

  • The fee for international students outside of New Zealand is NZD$10,825

academyEX offers a range of scholarships to support people to study and help to minimise barriers to learning. The following scholarships can be applied for, and cover 75% of the programme fees.

  • Tangata Whenua - for learners who identify as Māori 

  • Pacific Ako - for learners who identify as Pacific 

  • Taipakeke - for learners who are aged 60 years and over. 

  • Impact Scholarship - for learners who are positively impacting people, society and/or the planet.

Early Bird Discount: 

There is an Early Bird discount of 10% off the course fees for domestic students who apply 4 weeks before the start date of an intake, and 8 weeks before the start of an intake for international students. The discount will be applied to your invoice automatically through the enrolment process. 

Please note: Early Bird Discount and Scholarships cannot both be applied. If you receive a scholarship, the remaining amount payable will not be discounted with the early bird rate.

Find out more, including scholarship terms and conditions, by visiting our Scholarships page.

Yes, domestic students studying in New Zealand can apply for a StudyLink Student Loan for this programme. 

Check this StudyLink page for more details on how to apply.

The Digital and Collaborative Learning Postgraduate Certification is an innovative Programme designed for teachers and educators at all levels to be equipped to bring contemporary skills and tools into the classroom.

Absolutely. We’ve had loads of students do the course alongside family members, friends and colleagues. There are also opportunities to work collaboratively on assessments during the programme and work together on a project of interest. Learning is always better together!

In the lead up to the start of each intake, fully enrolled students will receive onboarding emails from the team, as well as access to platforms that will be used during your study. During the first session, whether online or in-person, the team will talk through what you can expect during the programme and answer any questions. 

International students learning onshore with us will also be required to attend a separate orientation session. Details will be provided during the application process.

This programme is available to study as an international student either via online distance learning or in-person in New Zealand with an appopriate visa. To find out more about studying with academyEX as an international student, and for programme fees, visit our International Students page.

We are very happy to help you to communicate the benefits of studying with academyEX to your employer. If you would like us to provide you with a letter of support or further information, please just ask.

Yes, almost all academyEX learners work full time while studying part time. If you want to study the Masters full-time, a full-time job is not possible. Learning and assessment are designed to be practical and linked to personal aspirations and projects. You will also be implementing your practice-based project in your workplace during Part 3.

Digital and Collaborative Teaching and Learning micro-credential And if you want to take your learning to another level – consider a Masters degree. Our contemporary, practical Master of Contemporary Education will equip you with the skills and pedagogy you need to enact change in your education environment. Part time and full time options available.

Next Steps

Okay, so what’s next?

Make an enquiry

We understand the decision to embark on a course requires some consideration. If you have any questions, we’re here to help answer them.

Book a chat

We get it – sometimes it’s nice to chat to a real human! Book a call at a time that suits you and Lisa will be able to answer your questions, give you more information and, if you’re ready, help you apply.

Apply Now

Create your academyEX account, or sign in if you are returning for more to apply online. We will guide you through the application process and make sure you have all you need to launch yourself into this journey.