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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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International Education
Study Opportunities

UC Education Students are packing their bags. From teaching in China and Japan, to Sport Coaching internships in Australia and teaching placements in Rarotonga, the opportunities are endless.
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Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MTESOL)

One-year MTESOL Degree starts in 2016

The MTESOL is ideal for people who wish to teach English in other countries, or who want to specialise in English language education.
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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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More Education

More Education

Discover what studying Education is like, what placements involve and hear how Susannah enjoyed learning to be an Early Childhood teacher at UC.

Cashmer 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.

Upcoming Events

Raising Children Bilingually

Raising Children Bilingually

Thursday 3 November, 5.30-7pm in Jack Mann Auditorium, Dovedale Campus, University of Canterbury

Free public lecture for parents and carers, by Una Cunningham

Motivating parents and carers to speak their language(s) to their children
All welcome! Refreshments from 5.15. Read more

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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

Get a head start on your degree

EDUC101, an introduction

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

Cricket researcher makes game-changing app

12 October

Dr Carl Petersen

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

3 October

All right? AmbleThe 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.

*Subject to CUAP Approval December 2016

Perspectives on online schools

Distinguished Professor Niki Davis

26 August

Although many teachers and families are concerned about Education Minister Hekia Parata’s announcement of a law change to enable more school students to enrol in online learning, a world-renowned expert and Distinguished Professor in e-Learning describes it as an inevitable development.

University of Canterbury Distinguished Professor Niki Davis says that the virtual schooling – Communities of Online Learning (COOL) – will be a COOL change for school students and communities, when preceded by professional and organisational development. Providing it is designed to address unmet needs in Aotearoa New Zealand, as stated by the Minister of Education, it is time to encourage this flexibility, she says. Read more

INSIDE OUT: Enabling Educators to Support Sex, Gender, and Sexuality Diversity in Schools

25th August

This seminar explored the implementation of Inside Out - We All Belong an initiative to support sex, gender, and sexuality diversity among young people (in and outside of schools). The panel introduced the thinking and process behind the free series of videos, lesson resources, and pedagogy resources to support educators. It touched on curriculum links and shared insights from educators on its use.
The panel included: Dr John Fenaughty a lecturer in the Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Auckland, Ms Anne Nicholson the Education coordinator for Q-topia youth group - the Christchurch provider of the InsideOut education programme, and Leigh Allen (teacher) and students from a Christchurch school who are participating in the Inside Out Programme. Watch here

ERSKINE PROFILE – ROBERT WILTON from McMaster University, Canada – Semester 2 2016

Professor Rob Wilton

"Much of my research over the past two decades has been concerned with the challenges that people with disabilities face in their efforts to participate in social life.  While these challenges stem in part from people’s impairments, they are also linked to enduring social, economic and attitudinal barriers that many people confront.  At McMaster, I regularly teach undergraduate and post-graduate courses on the social dimensions of disability, social inequality and North American urban geography." 

"My main role at UC this term has been to help with the development and delivery of a qualitative research methods course for postgraduate students in the School of Health Sciences. I’ve also given a guest lecture to undergraduate health sciences students on different models or ways of understanding disability. Later this term, I will give a research seminar on my current research, which looks at the role of social enterprises in creating work opportunities for people living with psychiatric disabilities." Read more

2016 Annual Graham Nuthall Lecture - "The dance of agency: student engagement in assessment for learning".

11 August

Presented by: Professor Bronwen Cowie, director of the Wilf Malcolm Institute of Educational Research, University of Waikato. She has just completed the Curriculum Exploratory Studies projects which were joint WMIER/NZCER projects. She is a co-director of the Science Learning Hub, which is a MSI initiative to make New Zealand science accessible to New Zealand teachers via a multimedia web-based resource. Bronwen’s research interests are in assessment for learning, classroom interaction, student voice, the role of ICTs in teachers’ professional lives, and curriculum development and implementation.

Prestige Lecture: Treatment of Aggressive Behaviour in Individuals with Mild to Borderline Intellectual Disabilities

Professor Robert Didden

10 August

Presented by Professor Robert Didden, Radboud University at Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Many individuals with mild ID who live in the Netherlands experience difficulties in participating in the society, where they face many challenges. Results of studies show that they have an increased risk for developing aggressive behaviour. This behaviour hinders participation in society, and has adverse consequences for caregivers, and the individuals themselves.
Aggressive behaviour is of high priority for Trajectum and other organizations who are specialized in the support and treatment of these individuals. Individuals with mild ID who show aggressive behaviours often have comorbid mental health as well as social problems that necessitate an integrative approach to aggression in which biological, psychological and systemic factors are considered. Watch here

More money may solve teacher shortage

More money may solve teacher shortage

3 August

Watch a Seven Sharp segment about the national teacher shortage, including coverage of UC's recent Secondary Principals Day and an interview with Gail Gillon.
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Prestige Lecture: Raising Emotionally Intelligent Children

Professor John Luckner

3 August

Presented by Professor John Luckner, University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colorado, USA
In our demanding global economy, individuals are not only being evaluated on how smart they are and what training and experience they have had, but also on how well they handle themselves and get along with others. There is a growing demand for individuals to have the personal qualities of initiative, empathy, adaptability and good communication skills.
Emotional intelligence is not fixed genetically and it is not only developed during ear ly childhood. Rather emotional intelligence is learned and can continue to develop as individuals go through life and learn from what they are taught, what is modelled, and from experiences.
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Patrick Shepherd talks to Radio NZ's about his synesthesia research

29 July

Dr Patrick Shepherd

Synesthesia is a neurological phenomenon where some people perceive the world in a multi-sensory way. For some, it involves hearing colours in music, or visualising letters and numbers in different colours.

It's a field that fascinates Dr Patrick Shepherd, from Canterbury University's School of Teacher Education. As a composer, conductor and performer, he first became aware of synesthesia after a trip to Antarctica highlighted how colour related to sound for him and how it impacted his compositions. He is currently looking for other syneasthetes for his research to find out their story and how and if they ues syneasthestia in their life.

Patrick hopes his research will help understand links across the artforms and how can that better inform an integrated arts curriculum. Listen to the RNZ interview

Rehua, the new College of Education, Health and Human Development building on Ilam CampusNaming of our new building

29 July

Our University Council has approved the new name for our building on Ilam campus. The building will be called “Rehua”. Rehua is spoken of as a chief among stars. It is associated with wellness, healing and leadership, as well as the bright star in the sky to signal the start of summer. Our new building, Rehua, is due for completion next year, and we are looking shifting into the building in late 2017.
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Have the Olympics lost their way?

Professor Ian Culpan

28 July

Professor Ian Culpan from the College of Education, Health and Human Development talks to Radio NZ about the commercialisation of the Olympics and the disconnect between high performance sport and the public. He says "The divide is really created by high performance sport being captured by the political economy. Athletes are now bought and sold as commodities. They're traded on the open market and with that comes the notion of money and reward for good performances and with that comes the temptation to gain unfair advantage."
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School curriculum to embrace digital technologies

8 July

Professor Tim Bell

Computer science education expert University of Canterbury Professor Tim Bell has welcomed the news that New Zealand’s school curriculum is changing to embrace the subject of digital technologies. “The announcement of Digital Technologies as a formal part of the school curriculum from Year One is an exciting milestone for New Zealand, as it means that students in New Zealand will be empowered to better understand the digital world they work in, and not just be mere users of technology,” Prof Bell says. Prof Bell welcomed the curriculum announcement, but is keen to see the roll-out funded adequately for teacher development and to get schools on board to help it succeed.

“The key to success will be providing extensive PLD [Professional Learning and Development] for in-service teachers, and making sure that pre-service teachers get good preparation. Presently, the announcement hasn't shown exactly how this will happen, and we look forward to seeing strong support to empower teachers to deliver the new material,” Prof Bell says.

Lucy HoneWellbeing and Resilience speaker Lucy Hone

30 June

In the face of growing interest in wellbeing and character education, Lucy will provide academic insights as to how these skills can be augmented at the individual, classroom, centre/school and community level.
See Lucy's presentation here

Application for Programme Entry 2017 Teacher Education ProgrammesApplications now for 2017 Teacher Education programmes

27 June

Apply now for UC Early Childhood, Primary and Secondary teaching programmes. The 2017 Application for Programme Entry as well as all the up-to-date application information is available now.


Learning Sexualities at School:
The Potential and Challenges of the new Sexuality Education Curriculum Guidelines

Learning Sexualities at School: The Potential and Challenges of the new Sexuality Education Curriculum Guidelines

3 June

A broad range of participants from the Education, Health and Youth support sectors attended this free seminar.

The panel included: Two High School students, Katie Fitzpatrick (Associate Professor in the School of Curriculum and Pedagogy, Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Auckland), Kathleen Quinlivan (Associate Professor in the College of Education, Health and Human Development at the University of Canterbury). Watch here

UC Nursing students impress Pegasus Health

Suli Tuitaupe

26 May

Suli Tuitaupe and Jai Chung from the Master of Health Sciences and Bachelor of Nursing programme have been awarded scholarships from Pegasus Health. "The applicants this year were absolutely impressive. We were mind blown about what's going on in their lives and their overwhelming stories"; says Georgina Hunter from Pegasus Health. Suli Tuitaupe told his motivational story of making the transition from an obese teenager to a group fitness instructor.

Suli hopes to inspire others in the Pacific community and wants to work in illness prevention, health and wellbeing.

Student profile - Dhita de LaRoche

Dhita de LaRoche

Studying towards a Master of Health Sciences with an endorsement in Health Information Management

'Understanding other countries' health systems... could be used as the foundation for improving Indonesia's health system...'
Having studied at Universitas Katolik Indonesia Atma Jaya's Faculty of Medicine in Jakarta, Dhita came to the University of Canterbury to take her master's in Health Sciences. 'I have an interest in the non-clinical field of health, and a degree in Health Sciences, with an endorsement in Health Information Management is exactly the right thing for me to study,' she says. 'Technology is on a fast track in research and development, and has a direct impact on the health field. This is beneficial in providing more efficient and effective health services. Better data management tools are therefore very important and that's what my study is providing.' Read more

Zoe CargillStudent profile - Zoe Cargill

Studying towards a Bachelor of Sport Coaching with Endorsements in Strength and Conditioning and Performance Analysis

Playing ice hockey for New Zealand is 'definitely a carnival ride' for Zoe. She first put on the Ice Ferns  jersey at the 2014 World Championships in Asiago, Italy. 'When you win a game at the Worlds, they play your anthem at the end,' she says. 'Singing that with my team was definitely a proud moment.'
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