What can I do with a degree in Secondary Teacher Education?

What skills have our graduates gained?

Through their Secondary Education degree, graduates develop a valuable set of skills that are transferrable to a range of careers, including:

  • Knowledge of teaching and learning processes
  • An understanding of learning development
  • Classroom management
  • Thinking critically, creatively and challenging ideas
  • Planning and organisation
  • Interpretive and analytical thinking
  • Problem solving skills
  • Oral and written communication

Opportunities to apply your learning outside the classroom through work and other experiences also exist and can deepen your skills set and employability. Work and other experiences can also support and inform learning and skill development in the classroom.

Where have our graduates been employed?

Secondary Teacher Education graduates are qualified to teach in secondary schools in New Zealand and many countries overseas. Teaching gives graduates entry into careers beyond the classroom; it is an excellent background for a wide range of jobs including careers in the public sector, business and industry training.

UC’s Guide to Job Hunting offers a variety of career resources including employer information.

For more information about UC student and graduate opportunities, go to UC CareerHub

What jobs and activities do our graduates do?

Graduates with this degree are employed in a range of jobs including subject teacher, school administrator, educational researcher or ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) teacher.

Some of the jobs listed may require further study at postgraduate level. Postgraduate study can contribute to your employability. It enables you to extend your knowledge and skills, indicates your motivation and ability to persevere at a high level academically and can make you more competitive in the job market. Postgraduate study may be a prerequisite for certain jobs.

  • Secondary school teacher
    • Prepares and delivers instructional activities and lessons in specialised subjects
    • Observes and evaluates performance in order to provide feedback
    • Develops and marks tests and assessments
  • Kaiwhakaako Maori (Maori medium teacher)
    • Provides Maori medium education through the development of Maori language and culture
    • Collaborates and maintains contact with whānau (family) and iwi (tribe)
    • Prepares class plans, and sets and marks assessments
  • Special education teacher
    • Evaluates the needs of students
    • Teaches children with a range of special needs
    • Assists school teachers in adapting and developing suitable learning plans for students
  • Private tutor
    • Develops students' understanding and knowledge of a particular topic
    • Maintains knowledge of the curriculum to guide lessons
    • Prepares students for upcoming tests, exams or assessments
  • Auditor
    • Checks the legality of policies and practices
    • Reports to management with findings and recommendations
    • Assesses use of funding
  • Education advisor
    • Works with teachers to develop teaching programmes to increase student achievement
    • Designs and creates teaching resource materials
    • Assists with school implementation of new schooling priorities and policies
  • Educational publisher
    • Develops educational materials for use in classrooms, eg workbooks or DVD's
    • Writes assessment questions
    • Ensures an efficient material distribution system
  • Secondary school dean
    • Assists in the management of students who may be struggling academically
    • Monitors student attendance and responds to truancy
    • Supports teaching staff
  • Deputy principal
    • Assists the principal in the day-to-day organization and management of the school
    • Manages school equipment and resources
    • Writes reports and manages the filing of paperwork

Entrepreneurship and innovation are increasingly becoming an important part of the world of work and should be considered as a career option. For more information about UC student innovation & entrepreneurship, related internships, scholarships, courses and activities go to Careers, Internships & Employment

For further information on job titles, please see the latest UC Graduate Destinations Survey

For additional graduate destination information go to www.graduatecareers.com.au or www.prospects.ac.uk

What professional bodies and organisations do our students and graduates link to?

As they progress in their studies and into a career, our students and graduates often join professional bodies specific to their area of interest. These organisations offer the opportunity to network and collaborate with others within the same community. Other relevant organisations are also listed.

Social media networks, such as LinkedIn (including LinkedIn groups), Facebook and Twitter can provide avenues for students and graduates to keep up-to-date with current industry knowledge and ‘best practice’, networking opportunities, industry-related events and job vacancies.

What further study can I do after my degree?

It is possible to study at postgraduate and graduate level in subjects both directly and indirectly related to your degree. For a list of postgraduate and graduate study options, go to Courses, Subjects and Qualifications

The College of Education offers a number of postgraduate courses and professional development programmes and support services for teachers, schools, other organisations and the community.

To find out more information about the postgraduate and professional development courses offered by the College of Education, go to www.education.canterbury.ac.nz

Some programmes are offered on campus or by distance study. This is ideal for practicing teachers looking to upgrade or extend their existing qualifications and for other graduate professionals with an interest in education or health. Postgraduate study can also lead to an academic career pathway in teaching and research.

Carefully consider your motivation for study, how it fits in with your long-term career plans and whether it is likely to enhance your employment prospects.

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