Physical Education teacher pathways

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UC offers a pathway for graduates of the Bachelor of Sport Coaching (BSpC) or the Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHSc) to become secondary school Physical Education teachers with an additional postgraduate qualification, the Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning (Secondary).

Secondary teachers work with young adults in Years 7-13 (ages 11-18) in intermediate, middle, area and secondary schools. As a secondary teacher you teach one or more subjects that you are passionate about, inspire your students, encourage them and give them the skills and enthusiasm they need to make a positive difference in the world.

Start with the Bachelor of Sport Coaching or the  (endorsed in Health Education), three-year full-time or up to six years part-time qualifications that may be studied on campus or by distance, starting in February or July.

All endorsements in the BSpC are acceptable as study towards your New Zealand school curriculum subjects. You should include SPCO 204 and SPCO 309 in your enrolment (if these aren’t included in your endorsement).

You should also include courses in a second teaching subject area. Health Education () courses or courses in core subjects such as English, Maths, Science or Te Reo Māori are recommended. Your BSpC is then followed by the one-year Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning (Secondary)

Applications for the GradDipTchLn (Secondary) are open anytime, and close four weeks prior to the start of the programme.

  • See the qualification page for entry requirements
  • Many qualifications have specific processes for enrolling and acceptance. See our enrolment guide for more information. In addition to online enrolment you may be required to complete additional forms required by the college.

For all enquiries about becoming a PE teacher

talk to the liaison office

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