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Education draws on a range of disciplines and seeks to understand how people learn and the role of education in human societies.

Bachelor of Arts in Education

BA students can take Education as a major or minor. Students who major in Education can also progress to a masters or PhD in Education. Education courses can also be chosen in combination with other degrees.

Our three introductory (first year) Education courses are also offered by distance learning.

Our graduates' knowledge, skills and dispositions ensure they can move on to many meaningful and rewarding careers and postgraduate study options.

Recent graduates have appied themselves purposefully in a range of ways, including positions with the Auckland City Art Gallery and the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority.  

Learn from our graduates

See where a BA in Education has taken some of our recent graduates:

Our students have a wide variety of stimulating Education courses to choose from and from 300 level can opt to incorporate an internship into their degrees. Recent internships have included:

  • The Christchurch Arts Council
  • Ngai Tahu’s Aoraki Bound
  • Imagination Station Lego Play Centre
  • Katie Barlow's BA Internship Placement
  • Two local schools (not as teachers!), Ao Tawhiti Unlimited Discovery and Burnside High School
  • Rainbow Early Learning Centre
  • Canterbury Migrants Centre Trust

The Programme Co-ordinator for BA (Education) can provide more information and advice.

Kathleen Quinlivan

Associate Professor
Wheki 219
Internal Phone: 95619

BA (Honours) in Education

The Honours programme is for students who have completed their BA in Education and want a further year of specialised study. Honours also allows students to develop their research skills in preparation for thesis work for a MA or PhD.

Students who want to enrol in the Education Honours programme should first read the BA(Hons) regulations in The University of Canterbury Calendar. They should then make an appointment to discuss:

  • Their eligibility for the Honours programme
  • Their interest in particular courses and research topics
  • The appropriateness of these courses for future study or employment.

Ideally this should be done at the end of the year prior to studying the BA(Hons), to allow sufficient time to submit a pre-enrolment form by the due date.

Kathleen Quinlivan

Associate Professor
Wheki 219
Internal Phone: 95619

The Head of the School of Educational Studies and Leadership makes recommendations to the Academic Board on the acceptability of candidates for the BA(Hons). Recommendations are based on the following criteria:

  1. Undergraduate record: Students are normally expected to have completed 56 points (two courses) at the 300 level in Education and to have an average grade of B or better in these courses. There is provision for students without such a record to undertake a qualifying course as prescribed by the Head of School.
  2. Capacity to benefit from the programme: Students need to gain approval for their selected courses from the Head of School.

The course of study is typically one year full-time. Part-time enrolment is permitted provided that the course of study is completed within four calendar years from first enrolment.

Students who are interested in applying for entry to the Counselling Programme should refer to the section “Entry to the MEd Degree with Certificate in Counselling” in the Handbook. BA(Hons) students who have successfully completed EDUC461 (Counselling and Psychology: Theory and Skills) are eligible to apply for entry to the MEd with Certificate in Counselling. For more information visit Studying Counselling at Canterbury.

BA(Hons) students who have successfully completed 44 points (two courses) in Psychology at the 200 level or higher and the courses EDUC416 (Applied Developmental and Paediatric Psychology), EDUC412 (Disorders of Childhood), EDUC421 (Introduction to Interventions), and EDUC461 (Counselling and Psychology: Theory and Skills) are eligible to apply for entry to the MEd and PGDip in Child and Family Psychology. 
For more information visit Child and Family Psychology.

The honours degree consists of four courses; one compulsory and three optional.

Compulsory courses:

EDUC480 Research project: A supervised research project on a topic chosen by the student. 

Some students may also be required to take two of the following 15 point research methods courses:

Semester one:
  • EDEM 693 Introduction to Methodologies and Ethics in Educational Research
  • EDEM 694 Between Groups Experimentation in Education
  • EDEM 697 Qualitative Research in Education
Semester two:
  • EDEM695 Single Case Experimentation in Education
  • EDEM 696 Educational Evaluation Research Methods
  • EDEM 698 Emergent Research Methodologies (Distance)

Optional courses:

Semester one:
Semester two:
Whole year:

Students may also take up to two courses from the MEd or other schedules, with approval of the Head of School of Educational Studies and Leadership.

Students are required to consult BA (Hons) Coordinator in selecting supervisors and topics.

Kathleen Quinlivan

Associate Professor
Wheki 219
Internal Phone: 95619

For general advice or information email educationadvice@canterbury.ac.nz or phone 0800 VARSITY (827 748). For further details contact us:

Master of Arts in Education

Students wishing to enrol in the MA degree in Education should first read the MA degree regulations and the regulations for theses in the University Calendar. Students with enquiries about the MA programme should contact:

Kathleen Quinlivan

Associate Professor
Wheki 219
Internal Phone: 95619

The requirements for enrolling in the M.A. degree are the same as those for the B.A.(Hons). Students are normally expected to have completed 56 points at the 300 level in Education and have an average grade of B or better in these courses.

Students who have graduated with a BA(Hons) degree may proceed to take an MA degree by completing a thesis (EDUC690). In this case, the MA may be awarded with Distinction or Merit, but not with Honours.

Approval for admission is granted through the Head of School.

This degree consists of Part I - typically the four courses comprising the BA (Hons) - followed by Part II, a thesis (EDUC690).

Students who have qualified for a BA (Hons) or equivalent with good grades may be admitted to the MA by thesis (Part II only) in that subject. The thesis is completed full-time in one or two years or part-time in up to four years (with the approval of the Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences).

Part I and II consists of 2.0 EFTS. Part I consists of four courses totalling 1.0 EFTS from courses EDUC 402 - 461. Part II consists of the thesis EDUC690. Students who have graduated BA (Hons) in Education may be admitted directly to Part II of the MA.

Students may also take up to two courses from the MEd or other schedules, with approval of the Head of School of Educational Studies and Leadership.

Length of course

The required four courses are normally taken in one full-time year, with an additional year for thesis research. Arrangements may be made for part-time study. Before embarking on a thesis, students should contact the programme coordinator and approach potential supervisors to discuss their interest in supervising a thesis in this field. Separate approval for thesis research must be obtained.

For information on regulations for the MA see the University Calendar.

Contact us for further advice or information about studying for a Master of Arts in Education.

Kathleen Quinlivan

Associate Professor
Wheki 219
Internal Phone: 95619

Azeen Tashakkor

Postgraduate Student Advisor
Karl Popper 405
Internal Phone: 94247

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