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:
- 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
- Cambridge International, 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.
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 structured around core compulsory courses that develop your understanding 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 structured around core compulsory courses that develop 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.
The primary programme consists of 360 points. Each course is worth 15 points unless stated otherwise.
In the first year, students are required to complete the following courses (120 points):
- EDCURRIC 101 – Arts Education Primary
- EDCURRIC 102 – Language and Literacy Education Primary 1
- EDCURRIC 104 – Primary Mathematics and Statistics Education 1
- EDPRAC 101 – The Professional Teacher Primary 1 (practicum)
- EDPROFST 100 – Hāpai Ākonga
- EDUC 118 – History and Society in New Zealand Education
- EDUC 119 – Development, Learning and Teaching
- One course from the General Education schedules available for this programme.
In the second year you will need to complete the following courses (120 points):
- EDCURRIC 103 – Health and Physical Education Primary
- EDCURRIC 105 – Science Education Primary
- EDCURRIC 106 – Social Studies Education Primary
- EDCURRIC 107 – Technology Education Primary
- EDCURRIC 204 – Primary Mathematics and Statistics Education 2
- EDPRAC 201 – Practicum Primary 2
- EDPROFST 205 – Promoting Achievement for Diverse Learners
- EDPROFST 214 – Assessment for Learning and Teaching
In the third year, you will need to complete the following courses (120 points):
- EDCURRIC 202 – Languages and Literacy Education Primary 2
- EDPRAC 305 – (30 points) Practicum: Enabling Achievement Primary
- EDPROFST 305 – The Reflective and Ethical Teacher
- EDUC 321 – Politics, Philosophy and Education
- three courses from the electives offered for this programme
You’ll be assessed through assignments, practical work experience in schools and examinations. Grades are awarded on an A+ to D- scale, except for practicum, which is graded with a pass/fail.
A variety of assessment tools are used, including group work, tests, seminars, exams, essays. Units of work involve teaching resources and assessment tasks. Information and communication technology (ICT) is incorporated into many of the assessment tasks.
You spend approximately 20 weeks over the three-year programme, observing and teaching classes in a range of primary schools during practicum. Practicum is critical to understanding what it’s really like to be in a school and to teach.
This is an opportunity for you to observe a range of teaching approaches, develop your own skills and discuss relevant issues with practising professionals.
The practicum programme is a collaborative partnership with a consortium of schools. You are placed in a minimum of three different schools over the programme to experience a range of school communities and a range of class levels – from Years 1 and 2 (five and six year olds) to Years 6, 7 and 8 (10-13-year-olds).
Initially, you may observe small groups and work with individual children. As your skills develop, you will work alongside experienced teachers, teach small groups and take responsibility for a whole class for selected lessons. Practicum will build up in the third year to feature a more extensive, longer practicum placement, with you taking full responsibility for a class.
While in schools, you have the support of an associate teacher. Associate teachers are responsible for modelling quality teaching and learning practice. They also provide opportunities for you to meet the specific requirements of the practicum, reflect on your practice, and be actively involved in your own learning. Associate teachers contribute to evidence-based assessment in relation to course learning outcomes and the Education Council’s Standards.
A faculty-appointed professional supervisor will support your development during each practicum, provide feedback and determine the assessment outcome.
Practicum placements are arranged in selected schools across Auckland (and Northland for Tai Tokerau Campus students). They are scheduled at different times across the school year, depending on the course and programme of study. You must be prepared to travel to schools and at your own cost.
First year practicum involves two (full-time) placements, typically:
- Two week in Semester One
- Four weeks in Semester Two
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
Further study options
Scholarships and awards
We offer a range of scholarships every year. Find out more about undergraduate scholarships.