Education and Social Work

Unlike other pathways, the Education and Social Work programme is made up of set courses. These are outlined below. Students will choose six courses from the list below and also complete TFCENG 91 and 92F.

TFCEDUC 12F Introduction to Computing

This course develops computer literacy skills in word processing, spreadsheets, presentation software, document collaboration and common multi-media technologies. These skills will be embedded in the context of tertiary study.

TFCEDUC 13F Child Development and Learning

This course presents an overview of language and learning development. It also examines strategies for helping children to grow as learners and readers.

TFCEDUC 14F An Introduction to the New Zealand Education System

We introduce students to the education system of New Zealand. We illustrate the historical development of the New Zealand education system, and address issues such as changes to governance and curriculum and ethnic diversity in New Zealand schools.

TFCEDUC 15F Mathematics for Education

We develop students’ grasp of fundamental mathematical concepts, including arithmetic ideas as expressed in fractions, decimals and percentages, ratio and proportion, and algebraic thinking. The course is built around the application of these concepts in contexts such as financial literacy, problem solving, and real-life mathematics.

TFCEDUC 16F Mathematics for Teaching Science and Technology

Students will develop critical thinking skills by designing and critiquing investigative methods for science and mathematics.

TFCSOCW 17F Aotearoa Society in Context

We consider the migration stories of the many peoples who make up Aotearoa New Zealand society and explore some contemporary issues and trends with particular reference to education and social services. Particular consideration will be given to Te Tiriti o Waitangi.


This course introduces functional and instructional Māori language, including everyday vocabulary, basic sentence structures, pronouns, possessives and positional language. Aspects of tikanga will include meeting and greeting people with waiata, karakia and hīmene, and values such as whānau, whakawhanaungatanga and aroha. Referring to their own hapū/iwi, students will introduce and locate themselves in relation to their whakapapa and carry out a short mihi.