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Undergraduate subject

Primary Teaching

09 February 2024
Teaching at a primary level allows you to discover the potential of each child and encourage their learning.


Primary Teaching


Teaching and learning is founded on meaningful interactions. Primary teachers work with tamariki in Years 1–8 (ages 5–13) in primary, intermediate, middle, and area schools. Primary Teaching allows you to encourage and discover children's lifelong potential and make a real difference to their lives.


Primary Teaching

What will my study involve?

  • Learn how to teach the Primary curriculum, including mathematics, English, science, technology, social studies, health and PE, art, music, dance, drama, and languages.
  • Develop your teacher identity and the skills to be advocates, leaders, and creators of knowledge in the Primary sector.
  • Bicultural focus interweaving Māori and Western knowledge and Māori teaching practices, including a noho marae experience and Te reo Māori me onā tikanga courses that will be taught in each year.
  • Mentored professional learning experience in a kura/early childhood centre/school alongside an experienced kaiako.

Primary Teaching


Primary endorsement

For the endorsement in Ako: Bachelor of Teaching and Learning, complete the following courses:

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

See more information on course occurrences and timetable groupings.

If you have a passion to learn more about te reo Māori me ōna tikanga, you could consider the Mātauranga Māori endorsement (Primary).

Graduate options

UC also offers graduate Primary Teaching degrees for those who already hold a university degree, offering a one-year pathway into primary teaching.

How to apply

For details on entry requirements and the application process, see the Guide to Applying.

Primary Teaching

Career opportunities

A Primary Teaching degree opens up teaching and management job opportunities in primary, intermediate, middle, and area schools.

You will also have transferable skills to roles outside of teaching that involve knowledge of education and learning as well as working with young people.

Career pathways could include:

  • primary teaching
  • education policy
  • community and youth work
  • advocacy.

Find out more about what you can do with a degree in Primary Teacher Education.

Related brochures

Undergraduate Prospectus

Whakatairanga Ākonga

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International Prospectus

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