Distance and regional study

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Our distance study programmes make university study possible for students who cannot access a local campus. Students can study the programmes listed below part-time or full-time while they work, care for family, or pursue other interests. 

Many distance students want to update their professional knowledge or advance their career with postgraduate study. Whatever your motivation, we can provide a great learning experience and to help you attain your goals.

Your space, your time

Generally distance students don’t need to attend classes, tutorials or lectures, although your course may include an On-site Intensive. Most learning occurs in your space, at your time.

Courses you can study from home

The BTchLn (Early Childhood) can be studied full time over three years or part time over six years.

Your commitment

Full-time students will need to be able to commit to:

  • About 40 hours a week of independent study.
  • Attendance at two On-site Intensives a year (usually in Christchurch or New Plymouth) if you are enrolled in the regional programme. All distance Early Childhood students attend a two-week On-site Intensive in February of their first year of study. All other OSIs will be up to one week away.
  • Attendance at two professional practices in Early Childhood Centres each year:
Professional practices  
Year one Semester one: 2 weeks Semester one: 4 weeks
Year two Semester one: 4 weeks Semester one: 4 weeks
Year three Semester one: 5 weeks Semester one: 5 weeks

Part-time study commitments depend on the course structure and may vary from year to year.

Further information

The BTchLn (Primary) is can be studied full-time over three years or part-time over six years.

Your commitment

Full-time students will need to be able to commit to:

  • 35-40 hours a week of independent study (part-time students 17-20 hours a week, depending on courses taken).
  • Attendance at two On-site Intensives each year (in Christchurch or Rotorua) if you are enrolled in the regional programme. Part-time students also attend On-site Intensives. All distance primary students attend a two-week On-site Intensive in the February of their first year of study. All other OSIs will be up to one week away.
  • Attendance at two professional practices in schools each year:
Professional practices  
Year 1 Semester one: 2 weeks Semester two: 4 weeks
Year 2 Semester one: 4 weeks Semester two: 4 weeks
Year 3 Semester one: 5 weeks Semester two: 5 weeks

 Further information 

We offer the Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Teaching as a full-year programme for students with a university degree or a diploma in primary teaching. 

Your commitment:

  • The diploma is only available through distance learning and is studied full-time over one year.
  • As a full-time student you will need to study independently for 40-50 hours a week.
  • You will attend three On-site Intensives in Christchurch over the year of study.
  • You will attend three professional practice of five weeks each over the period of study.

Further information 

We offer the Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning (Primary) as a 12-month programme for students with a university degree. 

Your commitment:

  • As a full-time student you will need to study independently for about 40-50 hours a week.
  • Attendance at two, seven-week professional practices in schools over the year.
  • Attendance at two On-site Intensives of up to two weeks. The first On-site Intensive is held in Christchurch during the February of the first year of study.

Further information 

The Certificate in Learning Support can be studied by distance and we recommend up to ten hours of study a week for each course.

  • Find out more about the CertLS.

This nationally and internationally recognised degree can be studied full-time over three years or part-time over six years.

Skill development

Students gain key skills employers are looking for - not just in sport and related fields but in everything from business to corporate management. Sport coaching graduates are motivated and passionate leaders who inspire others and are committed to success.

The degree has strong practical elements. Students will organise, manage and coach a sports team outside their regular classes during two of the three years of their degrees. In addition, in the third year all students are solely responsible for organising a 120-hour internship in a professional workplace. This involves working in a professional sporting organisation and spending time learning about management structures, as well as organising events and participating in other activities.

Your commitment:

Other qualifications in Sport Coaching are available to onsite and distance students and combine well with degrees in law, commerce and management.

Further information

The Graduate Certificate in Sport Coaching allows practising coaches and those employed in the sports industry to develop their professional coaching skills. It is also available to students who are not currently employed in the industry but wish to develop skills to gain employment in Performance Sports Coaching contexts.

The GradCertSpC can be studied by distance, full time for six months or part-time for up to four years. Distance study enables students to fit Sport Coaching studies around their busy professional and personal lives. Students enrolled in the GradCertSpC flexible learning courses will be supported through online resources, discussion forums, recorded lectures, PowerPoints, video tutorials and other electronic media.

Your commitment:

  • Full-time students will need to study independently for 30-40 hours a week.

Further information

If you're involved in sport coaching or team management at any level and wish to enhance your development and skills, the Certificate in Sport Coaching (CertSpC) is ideal for you. The flexible CertSpC allows you to study full-time or part-time, on campus or at home. Tailor your programme by choosing the courses that fit your interests and needs. Learn from leading experts and academics and gain access to world-leading technologies in the Sports Lab. Distance students enjoy personal online support.

The CertSpC can be studied part-time over four years or full-time over six months.

Course structure

The certificate consists of 60 points (4 courses). SPCO101 Introduction to Sport Coaching and SPCO201 Athlete-Centred Coaching for Team Sports are compulsory courses. Two further courses are to be selected from the Sport Coaching degree programme, with options including Nutrition, Psychology, Strength and Conditioning.

Your commitment:

  • Full-time students will need to study independently for 30-40 hours a week.

Further information

A number of postgraduate and professional development qualifications are also offered by distance. For more information see Postgraduate and Professional Development Programmes.

The degree prepares language teachers to make optimal, research-informed use of technology in their classrooms and pave the way for further development. Students anywhere in the world can study this online programme either full-time or part-time.

The degree can be completed in just 12 months of full-time study (part-time options are available). MCALL students will learn about the history and current state of technology-enhanced language learning and teaching and critically evaluate the body of research that has investigated this important shift in the way we can learn, teach and use languages.

Graduates will have the knowledge and skills to judiciously introduce technology-enhanced learning of languages in a variety of educational settings, from early childhood to tertiary. As education settings and the wider community gain unprecedented access to connectivity and technology, the challenge is the increased need for educators who are able to use the technology for learning. There is a demand from educators in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) in New Zealand and worldwide for knowledge about and skills in the use of technology.

  • Find out more about MCALL

Requirements and advice for distance students

Regional locations

The Christchurch campus is in Ilam and offers teacher training courses at all levels. We offer Primary teacher education in Nelson and Rotorua, and Early Childhood teacher education in New Plymouth.