Primary Teaching


Primary teachers have a major influence on the learning and development of children. Primary teaching covers the education of children from age five to 13 across all areas of the curriculum.

Areas of study

You will study effective teaching practice and educational theory. You’ll develop knowledge of the New Zealand primary curriculum subjects you will teach, developing your skills in literacy, science, mathematics, Māori language and culture, the arts, technology, social science, health and physical education.

You can study Primary Teaching in the following programmes:

What you will learn

You will learn how to apply best teaching practice techniques to your teaching and link educational theory to your teaching practice. You will get many opportunities through practicum in schools to apply what you are learning, to understand what is like to teach in a classroom/school, and develop your own teaching style.

Career opportunities

Studying Primary Teaching enables you to become a qualified teacher able to teach new entrants through to Year 8 in New Zealand schools and overseas. You will be eligible to apply for teacher registration. You’ll also have the possibility of gaining teaching positions in secondary schools in areas such as reading and language support. It can also open up the opportunity to work in educational roles in a variety of other organisations.

More information

For more information see Primary Teaching.