Undergraduate study in Primary Teaching

Learn about your undergraduate study options for Primary Teaching.

What can you study in Primary Teaching?

You can complete a Bachelor of Education (Teaching) in the following specialisations:

  • Primary
  • Huarahi Māori

Graduates gain an internationally accepted qualification from New Zealand’s top university for Education and are in high demand as teachers.

Entry requirements for Bachelor of Education (Teaching) – Primary or Huarahi Māori Specialisation

Entry to the Bachelor of Education (Teaching) is guaranteed with the following scores:

Secondary school qualification and rank score required:

  • NCEA, 150
  • CIE, 150
  • IB, 26

In addition, admission to the Bachelor of Education (Teaching) – Hurarahi Māori Specialisation requires written and oral fluency in te reo Māori according to the proficiency descriptors of the Taura Whiri i te Reo proficiency framework. This will be assessed at an interview.

Further requirements
Admission to both specialisations is subject to a satisfactory interview, police check/s, safety checks and referees’ reports.

You will be required to sit literacy and numeracy tests if you have been out of the New Zealand school system for more than one year.

*Read the Compliance with the Vulnerable Children Act 2014.

What if you don’t meet the entry requirements?

If your rank score is slightly lower than the guaranteed score, we encourage you to still apply as we will consider your application if places are available. If you don’t meet the requirements, you may be able to apply under our Undergraduate Targeted Admission Schemes.

Structuring your undergraduate programme in Primary Teaching

The Bachelor of Education (Teaching) – Primary Specialisation is mainly structured around core compulsory courses that develop your understanding of the study of education and the New Zealand curriculum, and your skills and knowledge in effective teaching practice, literacy, numeracy and Māori language and culture.

The Bachelor of Education (Teaching) – Huarahi Māori Specialisation is mainly structured around core compulsory courses developing your understanding of education and the Māori medium curriculum Te Marautanga o Aotearoa, and your knowledge and skills in te reo matatini (literacy), pāngarau (numeracy), tikanga Māori, mātauranga Māori and Māori pedagogy.

In both specialisations, you spend approximately 20 weeks over the three-year programme on practicum, observing and teaching classes in primary schools or Māori-medium or bilingual classrooms.


Where can undergraduate study in Primary Teaching take you?

Our graduates are in high demand as teachers. Many go on to teach in a range of primary or intermediate schools in New Zealand and overseas. As well as mainstream schools, Huarahi Māori graduates can teach in Māori-medium schools including Kura Kaupapa Māori, Kura ā iwi, immersion and bilingual schools and classrooms.

Primary Teaching also equips you with a range of transferable skills that can be applied in many professions. 

Jobs related to Primary Teaching:

  • Curriculum developer 
  • Education consultant
  • Educational researcher
  • Policy adviser
  • Special Needs specialist
  • Teacher
  • Trainer

Further study options

Scholarships and awards

We offer a range of scholarships every year. Find out more about undergraduate scholarships.

Help and advice

For general student enquiries, please contact the Education Student Centre.

To meet with a Programme Student Advisor, email education@auckland.ac.nz to make an appointment.