Adult Learning

The Adult Learning programmes equip graduates with the knowledge to work alongside adults in New Zealand tertiary institutions (adult and community education agencies, polytechnics, private training establishments, wananga and universities).

Adult Learning was previously known as Adult Education and Training.

The Graduate Diploma in Adult Learning is designed for graduates from any subject who are interested in fostering learning among adults. It aims to develop skills, knowledge and understanding of learning and teaching structures, processes and practices in this area.

Initial enquiries should be made to the Postgraduate Studies Office, Faculty of Education.


Study Adult Learning in any of these qualifications

100 level

Learning and Teaching 1EDUCA11015.0 Points

200 level

300 level

Prescriptions for the GradDip(AdLg)

To complete a Graduate Diploma in Adult Learning, students must complete 120 points, including both EDSOC202, PCSS330, at least 20 points from HMDEV202, ALED240, HDCO210, SSRP202 and a further 60 points from HDCO302, LBST331, PCSS301, PCSS302, SOCW305 or other approved papers at 300 level or above.

Prescriptions for the MEd

To complete a Master of Education in Adult Learning, students must complete 180 points at 500 level, including at least 60 points from the following list, and an approved research methods paper. Students will normally be expected to focus their required independent research on a topic related to Adult Learning.

Ageing and SocietyHDCO50130.0 Points
Issues in Adult and Tertiary EducationPCSS53030.0 Points


Te Kura Toi Tangata Faculty of Education:

Phone: 0800 832 242