Bachelor of Arts

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Interested in learning and how it relates to culture, community, social media and social justice? We've all been to school and probably all have a view of the nature of education. The Bachelor of Arts in Education re-examines these views.

  • Because this major is part of the Bachelor of Arts, it's easy to combine it with many other aspects of society and culture.
  • Choose from 19 majors in areas as diverse as social sciences, psychology, international studies, Māori development, event management or languages.
  • You can build your degree in a way that suits you — study either a single or a double major, select from a wide range of minors or perhaps add elective papers from another area of study.
  • Kupe scholarship opportunities are available for Māori or Pacific graduates. Find out more.
  • Study the Bachelor of Arts in Education at either the City Campus or the South Campus.

Programme code: AK3704
Level: 7
Points: 360
Duration: 3 years full-time / equivalent part-time
Venue: City Campus
Start date: 26 February 2018 / 16 July 2018

Career opportunities

The study of education can prepare you for a range of careers. There is a direct pathway into teaching as you will qualify for the one-year Master of Teaching and Learning (Primary Teaching) which leads to teacher registration. If you have teaching subjects to the appropriate level in your BA (Education is not a teaching subject), you can apply for the Graduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching.

The skills you develop in this major are valuable for a range of careers, including:

  • Social development work
  • Youth and community work
  • Marketing
  • Communications
  • Human resources
  • Advertising
  • The arts
  • Training and mentoring

Other education-related work exists in government and non-governmental organisations. It's also good preparation for further study, which could lead to teacher registration.

Graduates wishing to pursue postgraduate study will be able to move on to a Master of Education.

Structure and content

Each year you take core papers in writing, communication, research and digital technologies, along with your major(s) and/or minor papers. You usually complete two or three core papers in Year 1, plus papers for your major (usually two or three) and other papers of interest.

In your second year you complete the other one or two core papers, along with more major papers. In your final semester, you complete a real-life work project through our Co-operative Education paper. This is a core Year 3 paper that can only be done after the other core papers.

Education major papers
EDUC503 Critical Questions in Education
EDUC504 Places and Learning
EDUC605 Learning, Diversity and Culture
EDUC607 Education, Resistance and Social Justice
EDUC608 Educational Psychology
EDUC710 Exploring the Horizons in Education
EDUC711 Contemporary Philosophies of Education
EDUC712 Alternatives in Education

Elective papers
EDUC505 Understanding Young Children
EDUC506 Education, Careers and Employability
EDUC606 Learning and Subjectivity in an Age of Social Media
EDUC609 Childhood and Youth Studies

The Education papers in the major are organised into two strands — one has a sociological focus, the other a cultural focus.

Sociological focus: EDUC503 considers aspects of education in the past and how this explains issues in education today. EDUC607 focuses on concepts related to educational questions and issues of today, such as social justice. EDUC710 considers futures education and how the way we learn in and for a future world might be very different from today.

Cultural focus: EDUC504 considers how place affects who we are and what we learn. Of the two level 6 papers: EDUC605 focuses on learning in culture and community whereas EDUC607 takes a look at the psychology of education. The level 7 papers in this strand, EDUC711 and EDUC712 assume a more 'big picture' of view of education.

Last updated: 30-Jan-2018 9.08am

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.