Primary Teacher Education
What is Primary Teacher Education?
Primary teachers work with children in Years 1 – 8 (ages 5 – 13) in primary, intermediate, middle and area schools. As a Primary teacher you introduce children to the world of learning, and start them on their road to reading, writing and mathematics. It’s a very rewarding and satisfying career where you can make a real difference in children’s lives.
Is Primary Teaching for me?
What and how will I learn at UC?
You’ll learn about the theory, practice and management of teaching, including the place and role of education, the characteristics of learners and the teaching-learning process. You’ll also learn about the curriculum taught in schools today to prepare you for the profession of teaching. This includes English, Maori language, mathematics, science, technology education, social studies, art, music, drama and dance, health and physical education and learning languages.
You will spend time working in a classroom where you can trial and refine your planning, teaching and management skills. By the end of your studies at UC you will have learnt and practiced all the teaching skills required of teachers in New Zealand primary, intermediate, middle and area schools.
Students may study primary teaching at UC either of three ways:
Download a 2014 brochure on the BTchLn (Primary) (PDF, 862KB) .
Download a 2014 brochure on the GradDipTchLn (Primary) (PDF, 851KB) .
A range of first year education courses are offered to Year 12 and 13 students through the STAR programme. These courses are designed to provide a challenging and stimulating opportunity for secondary school students and a chance to experience the varied programmes offered at the College of Education.
Why is UC the place to study?
The UC College of Education has a national and international reputation for producing high-quality primary teaching graduates based on over 130 years of experience.
The UC Education campus in Christchurch has well equipped buildings and teaching rooms. These are complemented by Collective, the student cafe, and the Education Library which has plenty of study space and provides support for all students.
At the beginning of each year orientation activities enable you to meet other students studying Primary Teaching and UC offers plenty of social and recreational activities for you to choose from when you need a break from studying.
We offer flexibility for our distance and regional students – they receive strong support from their lecturers and have a great online network with access to lectures, coursework, staff and other students. It means that they can study part-time or full-time in some programmes whilst they continue work, meet family responsibilities and pursue other interests.
What should I take at school?
The Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Primary) is open to any student with University Entrance. However, the following subjects are recommended:
If you are 20 years of age or over. recent tertiary study is desirable. For example, you may want to consider the Certificate in Learning Support (CertLS) which is available by distance or the Certificate in University Preparation (CUP) prior to applying.
Selection for entry is not automatic and is based on:
- academic ability
- involvement and interest in working with children
- community involvement
- communication skills – you need to be able to communicate your ideas clearly, confidently and coherently, and to listen and respond to others appropriately
- a police check and an interview.
Students for whom English is an additional language must provide evidence of their English language ability as follows:
- IELTS (Academic) 7.0, with no individual score below 7.0; or
- at least two years of successful study in a New Zealand secondary school, with at least eight Level 2 NCEA credits in English (four reading and four writing) or equivalent; or
- a degree from a NZ or Australian tertiary education organisation where the medium of instruction was fully in English.
Note that satisfying these criteria does not guarantee entry to the programme.
What jobs do Primary Teaching graduates do?
Graduates of the degree or graduate diploma programmes will be eligible for provisional registration as a teacher. This enables you to apply for teaching positions in New Zealand. Please contact the relevant authorities for international requirements.
Our graduates have gained positions in primary, intermediate, middle and area schools in New Zealand and overseas. Some have also gained positions in secondary schools, government departments, recruitment and human resource management, universities, as well as in private academies and agencies.
For more information about the skills you will learn and the jobs and activities our graduates do visit the UC Careers Hub What can I do with a degree in Primary Teacher Education?
Current and past students’ experiences
- Jared Fretwell Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Primary)
- Alyssa O’Connor Studying towards a GradDipTchLn(Primary)
Postgraduate options include: