Bachelor of Education overview

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Turn your passion for educating children into a career in teaching. Engage in an informed way with these young people as they enthusiastically explore learning. As a graduate of this programme you'll have the understanding, skills and academic requirements to be an early childhood or primary teacher. You'll be eligible to apply for provisional registration with the Education Council.

  • Specialise in Primary Teaching or Early Childhood Teaching from Year 1.
  • Further specialise in Mainstream or Pasifika teaching in Year 3.
  • Learn practical teaching strategies based on sound research.
  • Gain invaluable workplace experience while you study with regular teaching placements.
  • Develop a holistic view of the child, and an understanding of the role of family, culture and New Zealand society on human development.
  • Be responsive to the learning needs of the next generation and help shape the future.
  • Kupe scholarship opportunities are available for Māori or Pacific graduates. Find out more.

Programme code: AK3594
Level: 7
Points: 360
Duration: 3 years full-time / up to 6 years part-time
Venue: North Campus / South Campus
Start date (both campuses): 26 February 2018 / 16 July 2018

Entry requirements

  • University Entrance
  • All applicants must ensure they meet the Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand (EDUCANZ) for English Language Competency prior to admission to the programme. The IELTS tests score (academic version) required is a band score of 7.0 or higher in each of the components for all applicants who have English as their additional language.
  • Students whose first language is not English are required to pass the Academic IELTS with a band score of 7 in each component OR have a Level 7 degree from a New Zealand or Australian University OR two years of college in New Zealand and UE literacy at Level 2 NCEA with 5 credits in reading and 5 credits in writing. No admission until IELTS scores are evidenced.
  • You also need to meet the Education Council requirements for conduct, which is assessed in the application below.
  • A safety check will be completed to ensure you meet all the requirements as set out in section 31 of the Vulnerable Children Act 2014. Here is a statement from the School of Education regarding the Vulnerable Children Act (1 July 2015 update).

Academic entry requirements for the Certificate in [Specialty] Education and Bachelor of Education[Specialty] Teaching programmes at AUT
For the purposes of entering an Initial Teacher Education (ITE) programme, applicants (both Domestic and International) must have gained UE through one of the following:

  • NCEA via Level 3 requirements in three subjects from the approved list
  • University of Cambridge International examinations
  • International Baccalaureate examinations.

All applicants who have English as their second language will need to provide evidence of their English language proficiency.

Application process

  1. Apply to enrol at AUT.
  2. Provide additional information to the School of Education through the following supplementary forms:
  3. You will be required to sit a basic numeracy and literacy assessment. Selected applicants will be invited to attend an interview.


When you enter the Bachelor of Education, you choose to specialise in Early Childhood Teaching, or Primary Teaching:

From Year 2, you will further specialise in Mainstream or Pasifika teaching.

Early Childhood Teaching specialisations:

Primary Teaching specialisations:

Montessori and Steiner

Whilst we do not offer specialisations in Montessori and Steiner, students will be able to choose papers in Montessori and Steiner philosophies in Year 3.

Structure and content

Each semester students complete a teaching placement for three, four or five weeks.

Year 1

EDUC550 Whānau Family and Society
EDUC551 Human Development and Learning 1
EDUC552 Introduction to Te Reo Māori
EDUC553 Education in Aotearoa New Zealand

Early Childhood Education
ECET501 ECE Professional Inquiry into Practice 1
ECET503 Health and Safety
EDCR510 Curriculum I: Te Whāriki
EDCR511 Curriculum II: Infants and Toddlers

EDCR512 Science
EDCR513 Maths I
EDCR514 English
EDPT501 Primary Professional Inquiry into Practice 1: Being a Teacher

Year 2

In the second year, students who have chosen an Early Childhood specialisation will learn about the principles of Te Whāriki (the Ministry of Education's early childhood curriculum policy statement), along with the concept of inclusive education.

Human development is further explained and the psychological wellbeing of a child is explored as a critical issue of early childhood education.

Students who have elected to study primary teaching will take a range of subjects that are taught in primary schools, from Mathematics and Technology to Arts and Reading.

Students will learn about critical issues in education and inclusive education principles.

Year 3

In the final year students specialise in an area of their choice (Early Childhood or Primary, Pasifika). ECE students will take one special topic paper and an elective paper or two special topic papers.

Career opportunities

The qualification equips students with the skills, knowledge and attitudes they need to be effective teachers in:

  • Early childhood centres
  • Primary schools
  • Intermediate schools

More information about becoming a teacher

Read about studying to be a teacher on the Education Council website.

Last updated: 15-Feb-2018 1.59pm

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