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Study Teaching


08 September 2023

Aotearoa needs more teachers for subjects like maths, sciences, technology, and te reo Māori. We need educators who are passionate about supporting students throughout their learning journeys. UC's teaching subjects are tailored to keep up with the evolving needs of students and society. Learn more about studying teaching at UC.


Aotearoa needs more teachers

As teachers you get to shape the lives of children, and Aotearoa needs more teachers (including Māori-medium kaiako) in subjects like maths, sciences, technology, and te reo Māori.

Our teaching programmes meet the requirements for provisional teaching registration with Matatū Aotearoa | Teaching Council of New Zealand.

Study pathways

If you are starting tertiary study for the first time, we have Ako: Bachelor of Teaching and Learning. We also have graduate and postgraduate programmes if you already have a degree in another area.

There is flexibility in studying on campus or by distance, full-time, or part-time.

Teach who you are

At UC, we actively challenge you with questions, scenarios, and problems, so that you can learn the way to teach that is right for you. This means finding the best tools and techniques for you to engage with a diverse range of tamariki. Ultimately, you will bring your personality and life experiences to the classroom in your own unique way.

Cultural competence

Understanding and incorporating cultural identity is essential to your teaching practice and will help you better connect with all kinds of students and their communities. You will learn about Te Tiriti o Waitangi, te reo Māori me ōna tikanga Māori (Māori language, values, protocols, and culture) through dedicated courses as well as kaupapa Māori teaching methods and approaches. Pacific education is explored throughout the degree with a specialist course providing knowledge and understanding about cultural competencies which support Pacific learners.

Clubs culture

With over 160 active clubs on campus, you can pursue whatever interests you outside of your studies or you can try something different. This is a great way to meet other students and feel supported by your peers.

Some clubs focus on:

  • Education
  • Musical theatre 
  • Sports
  • Drama
  • Health.

Join our Education whānau

Te Kaupeka Ako | Faculty of Education in Rehua will be your home base for most of your studies here. Students and staff enjoy coming together for morning karakia and waiata during term time. It is a great way to improve your reo and start your day. You will join an education and teaching community that encourages you to collaborate with other students to become the kind of teacher you want to be.

Become work-ready

From your first year onwards, you will take on professional placements in local schools to build your teaching and management skills, gain valuable classroom experience and confidence engaging with students.

An associate teacher will mentor you and teach you how to manage a classroom, create resources, and develop lesson plans. You will face all sorts of learning environments throughout your career, so it is important to gain practical skills and strategies to be able to deal with these situations.


We provide support including help with injuries or learning disabilities affecting your studies; degree planning; health, sports, and fitness; mental health, and more. 

Learn more about studying Teaching

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