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Careers for UC Education

Careers for UC Education

High employment rates for UC Education graduates

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Mature students thrive at UC

Mature students thrive at UC

Nearly half of our teaching students are over the age of 25 years.
Teaching is a profession that attracts a lot of mature students, as it provides an opportunity to make a meaningful difference in the lives of children, families and the community.

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Pathways to teaching careers

Pathways to teaching careers

Our pathways to teaching at UC include undergraduate degrees in early childhood and primary teaching or, for those who have already completed a degree, there is the one year graduate diploma or masters degree pathway in early childhood, primary or secondary teaching.

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Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MTESOL)

Health intern investigates smokefree outdoor dining

While interning with the Cancer Society, Charlotte Ward researched and planned a smoke-free dining trial for Christchurch cafes and restaurants.
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Master of Teaching and Learning

New one-year teaching Master’s degree

This exciting initiative offers graduates the opportunity to gain both a master’s degree and provisional teacher’s registration in one calendar year.
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Bachelor of Arts Education Intern Angie Petty

Bachelor of Arts Education Internships

"My internship was the most favourite paper I've done. I'd definitely recommend it." Angie Petty Watch our BA intern stories

Cashmere High Where's Wally team at the 2016 UC Education Mud Run

2016 UC Education Secondary Schools Mud Run

Over 1,000 enthusiastic participants proved why 35 schools across Canterbury are so “muddy motivated” – with teachers and students alike looking forward to this event all year long. Watch now

Referee and school reports for teaching applicants

If you have been selected as a referee for a prospective student please select the relevant report from here.


Sex education debate sparked over claims images shown to primary school children are too graphic

11 January

Associate Professor Kathleen Quinlivan, from the School of Educational Studies and Leadership, was interviewed on TV1 news. She weighed in on the controversial topic of sex education in primary schools and whether it was age appropriate.

Watch the TV1 news segment here

New Year Honours for UC Professor

4 January

Congratulations to Professor David Mitchell who has been awarded the honour of an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to education.

Adjunct Professor David Mitchell

Dr David Mitchell is a world leader in the field of inclusive education and has held a wide range of international appointments, including various visiting professor and research fellow appointments, speaker at a range of international conferences, and various UNESCO consultancies.

Dr Mitchell’s UNESCO consultancies have primarily focused on inclusive education and the development of education for children with special needs in countries such as India, China, Thailand, Ethiopia and Kazakhstan among others. His book ‘What Really Works in Special Education: Using Evidence-Based Teaching Strategies’ (2008 and 2014) has been published in six languages and is in high demand. He has published more than 200 works across books, book chapters, journal articles and reports and has delivered more than 130 papers at conferences in New Zealand and internationally. He has been a long-standing member of the editorial boards of six international special education/disability journals. Within New Zealand he was appointed to the National Advisory Committee on Special Education, which steered the development and implementation of the foundation special education policy ‘Special Education 2000’. Dr Mitchell is currently Adjunct Professor at the University of Canterbury’s College of Education, Health and Human Development, and previously held various roles with the University of Waikato’s Educational Studies Department between 1969 and 2001.

Teaching graduate’s photo predicts her future

Nina Vailu'u

9 December

The first person in her family to earn a tertiary qualification, Nina Vailu’u will graduate this week in the graduation ceremony for the College of Education, Health and Human Development. Eighteen months ago, when she was half-way through her three-year Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Primary) studies, she starred in what turned out to be a prescient photoshoot at Cotswold School as part of an advertising campaign. Nina recently accepted her first job as a teacher at Cotswold School. Read more

UC Māori research group wins excellence award

UC's Te Rū Rangahau: The Māori Research Laboratory includes: (seated, from left to right) Dr Amy Scott, Professor Angus Macfarlane, Professor Gail Gillon, Melissa Derby, (standing, from left to right) Te Hurinui Clarke, Dr James Graham, Rachel Martin, Dr Richard Manning, and Tufulasi Taleni.

25 November

The New Zealand Association for Research in Education (NZARE) has presented the 2016 NZARE Group Award to UC’s Te Rū Rangahau: The Māori Research Laboratory, for high quality research involving Māori. NZARE recognises excellence in educational research through its awards and grants programmes.

Since its inception following the Christchurch earthquakes, Te Rū Rangahau has become influential within the University of Canterbury’s College of Education, Health and Human Development and the NZARE citation described it as “a pivotal part of the development of Māori research” at UC. Read more

High school Dragons' Den yields top ideas

Professor Billy O'Steen

24 November

During October four students enrolled in CHCH101 and a Teaching Assistant under the leadership of Assoc Professor Billy Osteen worked with 20 students at Hornby High School to assist them in developing social enterprise ideas. On Tuesday 1st November, this culminated in a Pitch It Competition with over $3000 of start up money from the Riccarton-Wigram Community Board up for grabs. Both the CHCH101 students and Hornby students did an awesome job and there will now be several cool ideas getting funding support! 

Read more in the Western News

Opportunities for teaching scholarships

Scholarship opportunities

8 November

There are some excellent scholarships available to help students on their way - particularly for teachers of subject areas where New Zealand is experiencing teaching shortages such as maths, science, Te Reo Māori and technology subjects. Pasifika, Māori and Early Childhood scholarships are also available.

TeachNZ Scholarships have over 450 teaching scholarships

Scholarships at UC

Recreation and tourism to the max: How much love can Aotearoa handle?

Camping in New Zealand

An ongoing good news story in New Zealand is the success of our tourism industry - more international visitors than Kiwis are predicted for the near future. This means more work for New Zealanders, and not just in the main centres. Dr Chris North discusses the impact of New Zealand's tourism boom. Read more

Dr Chris North, Deputy Head of UC’s School of Health Sciences, has worked in outdoor education and leadership for 17 years for secondary and tertiary institutions, international outdoor leadership organisations and outdoor clubs, and is a founder of Leave No Trace. 

Why should we value diversity and human rights in education?

Dr David Mitchell and his book, Diversities in Education

Dr David Mitchell, an Adjunct Professor in the School of Educational Studies and Leadership, has recently had a new book published by Routledge. Entitled Diversities in Education, it is aimed at helping educators to be more effective in teaching a range of diverse learners.

The book covers five major categories of difference: sex and gender; social class and socio-economic status; race, ethnicity and culture; beliefs and religion; and abilities. Mitchell asks the urgent questions all policy- makers and educators should consider.

Get a head start on your degree

EDUC101, an introduction

8 November

Looking to get a head start on your degree, or finish one off? Study EDUC101 over Summer School and develop your capacity as a learner at the same time. Starting 4th January 2017 and running for just six weeks EDUC101 is available either on campus or by distance.

The course introduces students to the study of education with a focus on learning. It draws on a range of psychological and sociological approaches to educational theory and practice and explores how education shapes people's everyday lives. The course addresses questions such as: What do we know about learning? How do we learn? What’s political about learning? Watch more here

Campus move will increase collaboration

Artists impression of a new innovative teaching environments available to students when the College moves to the Ilam campus in 2017.

8 November

2017 promises to be an exciting year for the University of Canterbury’s College of Education, Health and Human Development as it moves from its current site in Dovedale Ave into a $78million building development on the main Ilam campus.

“The ability to connect online students in real-time will enable greater synergies between campus and distance students, and the design of the teaching rooms, high-spec Wi-Fi, and multiple AV screens will support students to work digitally in collaborative ways,” says Professor Gillon. The new learning spaces will provide a huge advantage to our students studying to become teachers. They will graduate from UC understanding how digital technologies can be best used to enhance children’s learning. Read more

Healing the world, one student at a time

Asspcoaite Professor Billy O'Steen

4 November

What happens when you immerse students from Europe, New Zealand, and the United States into the exciting and innovative atmosphere of post-quake Christchurch through the University of Canterbury course CHCH101: Rebuilding Christchurch?

In addition to their completion of over 1500 hours of service with 15 different community partners each semester, University of Canterbury (UC) students leave the course with Healing Proposals that seek to improve specific aspects of specific communities. For many students, their Proposals have prepared them to make a difference and ready to respond to opportunities when they presented themselves.

Two former CHCH101 students who particularly illustrate this in quite different, yet related, ways are Jessica Weston and Felicity Powell. Read more

Student Profile: Neville Rodrigues, studying towards a PhD in Health Sciences

Neville Rodrigues

4 November

'My goal is to find meaning in my work by helping others...'

Neville Rodrigues is studying towards a PhD in Health Sciences. "I have always had this desire to understand people and understand what their stories are." Neville’s PhD study analyses how young adult immigrants deal with the stress of natural disasters, which was inspired by the Christchurch earthquakes and period of uncertainty for refugee groups in the area at the time. Read more

NCEA pass rate targets: A wolf in sheep's clothing?

Students sitting exams

30 October

DR JOHN BOEREBOOM from UC's Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM) says the increasing pass rates are masking concerns around the quality of the mix of achievement standards taken by different students to achieve NCEA. 

Before we can make a judgement on the general health of NCEA, we need to collect, analyse and monitor wider-reaching data on the factors that affect student achievement, engagement and participation in NCEA.

Read more of John's commentary in the latest issue of The Education Review

Visitors from Centres for Aboriginal Studies at UC 

Professor Angus Macfarlane

28 October

Education and Māori Studies leaders from across UC shared experiences and resources with a delegation from Sydney and Macquarie Universities’ Centres for Aboriginal Studies this week.

UC’s Professor of Māori Research Angus Macfarlane says, “the visit by our Australian colleagues was a cultural interchange that allowed us to reflect on past experiences and to make positive projections for higher education provision in contemporary times”. Read more

Innovation Medal - work on Psychiatric Scales recognised

Associate Professor Michael Tarren-Sweeney

21 October

Congratulations to Associate Professor Michael Tarren-Sweeney, of the School of Health Sciences, who has been awarded the 2016 University of Canterbury Innovation Medal.

The Innovation Medal recognises Associate Professor Tarren-Sweeney’s work on the development of the Assessment Checklist Series; a set of psychiatric scales which has led to an important breakthrough in the delivery of mental health care for a vulnerable population of children within New Zealand and abroad. Read more

Cricket researcher makes game-changing app

Dr Carl Petersen

12 October

UC Sports Science lecturer Dr Carl Petersen has released an app, XEQT-Pro, which allows bowlers to track where they bowl and how accurate they are.The bowlers receive immediate feedback on their percentage executed as well as bowling figures, plus more detailed information.

“Bowlers are often asked by their captain to deliver a certain type of delivery and pitch it in a certain area. This app allows the captain to set a particular field, to either maximise wicket taking or run-restricting depending on the match situation”. Bowlers are not often effectively tested or trained on this ability during training, he says. Read more

It's about mental health, not mental illness

All right? Amble

3 October

The All Right? Amble and Canterbury's Digital Detox were held on Sunday 2 October with 600 people attending. The event was organised by Canterbury University health science students and Canterbury District Health Board's (DHB) All Right? wellbeing campaign. UC Health Education lecturer Tracy Clelland says the focus of the event was to encourage people to “stop and take time out, walk around the gardens, and reflect on how people can utilise the five ways to wellbeing to enhance mental health." There were five activity stations in the gardens, each dedicated to one of the "five ways to wellbeing" – to take notice, be active, connect, keep learning, and give. Activities included reading I Spy books, flax weaving, hula hooping, and playing with objects with different textures and smells.

"It's about mental health, not mental illness," said Canterbury University health education lecturer Tracy Clelland.

"It's all about connecting with people." Read more

New Health and Community endorsement from 2017

Health and Community endorsement

23 September

Communities and social networks are crucial to the health and wellbeing of individuals. The understanding of how communities contribute to health and wellbeing, and the inclusion of this understanding to increase the effectiveness of health promotion, is a necessity. This new endorsement helps students understand the intersections in a community -- between individual health, medicine, and population health. This endorsement is aimed at supporting students to contribute to health at a community level.

The new Health and Community endorsement is available within the Postgraduate Diploma of Health Sciences, the Master of Health Sciences Professional Practive and the research focused Master of Health Sciences.

New 10 year project to improve health and education outcomes for kiwi kids

New 10 year project to improve health and education outcomes for kiwi kids

25 February

Professor Gail Gillon and Professor Angus Hikairo MacFarlane are part of A Better Start's Direction and Research team. Professor Gillon said "The overall mission is to give a better start to life for all our children".
Tony Green from CTV News interviewed them to find out more. Watch now

Source: CTV


UC academics take up challenge to help NZ children

 22 February

University of Canterbury academics are taking leading roles in the new government science challenge. UC’s College of Education, Health and Human Development Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor Gail Gillon is co-directing the government initiative and is also a principal researcher in the Challenge, which aims to improve the potential of young New Zealanders to have a healthy and successful life by reducing obesity and improving learning skills and mental health in New Zealand children and teenagers.

The challenge for A Better Start: E Tipu e Rea is to identify critical health, education and mental health issues that, if prevented or resolved, would have a major positive impact on the vulnerable children’s lives, she says. The Challenge has identified that childhood obesity, early literacy and behavioural problems are critical areas, respond to research-based intervention and can lead to vastly improved outcomes for the individuals and society. Read more

(From left to right) A Better Start's Science Leadership Team is Professor Wayne Cutfield of the Liggins Institute (obesity), Professor Gail Gillon of the University of Canterbury (literacy), Professor Sally Merry of the University of Auckland (mental health), Professor Barry Taylor of the University of Otago (big data) and Professor Angus Macfarlane of the University of Canterbury (Maori research).