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Bachelor of Education (Teaching) - Primary

This course is available


Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree


3 years

Next start date

Expected Jul 2023


South Auckland Campus


Enter a profession where the demand for graduates is high in New Zealand and overseas. Gain an internationally-recognised degree from the only New Zealand University to rank in the top 50 in the world for Education as a subject.

Choose to specialise in teaching Primary or Huarahi Maori. Our programme will equip you with the tools you need to teach in 21st century classrooms where building strong relationships is vital, diversity is welcomed and digital learning is key.

The programme is shaped by a commitment to fairness and social justice. It is underpinned by the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and a commitment to ensure equitable outcomes in learning. You will learn alongside a diverse range of students and be taught basic proficiency in te reo Maori.

You will be taught by academics who are experts in their fields of Education and passionate about supporting the next generation of teachers. Courses are taught through a range of methods including face-to-face lectures, tutorials and workshops, as well as online learning.

Over the three years, you’ll spend full-time practical placements (practicums) in a range of schools, kura or early childhood centres. You'll have the guidance of a dedicated teacher within the school or centre, as well as support by your university supervisors. This will help you to become a part of a community, establish connections to set you up in your career, and gain vital skills to prepare you for the transition into teaching.

Primary Teaching:

Primary Teaching qualifications equip students to teach children from five to 13 years of age in a range of settings.

Subject overview

By supporting children’s learning success from Year 1 to Year 8, primary teachers influence the future. Rated in the top 2% of Education courses worldwide, our programmes develop your knowledge of The New Zealand Curriculum and its eight essential learning areas: mathematics and statistics, English, science, technology, social science, the arts, languages, and health and physical education.

We prepare students to teach in a broad range of areas, including specialised subjects such as sport and cultural interests.

We provide students with practical experience in a range of school settings. Working alongside experienced teachers gives you a real insight into what teaching is all about.

Jobs related to this programme

Curriculum developer

Early childhood/primary teacher

Education consultant

Educational researcher

Human Rights education coordinator

Maori medium teacher

Policy adviser

Special Needs specialist

Further study options

Master of Education

Bachelor of Education (Teaching) (Honours)

Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Theory

Postgraduate Certificate in Education

Entry criteria

Secondary school qualifications

You need to have one of the following:

International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum total score of 24.

General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level. You must have completed a minimum of three A-Level subjects.

Cambridge International Examinations (CIE). You must have completed a minimum of three A-level subjects.

GCE ‘A’ Level requirements apply to ‘A’ Level qualifications examined by bodies such as AQA, OCR, Edexcel, WJEC, CCEA and Pearson Education Limited taken outside of New Zealand.

IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 7.0

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