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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Careers for UC Education

High employment rates for UC Education graduates

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Overseas Opportunities for UC Education graduates

New Cert in Sport Coaching: expertise for any coach

Tailor-make your own programme!This is great for current coaches, athletes and parents with courses such as Athlete-Centred Coaching for Team Sports and Sport Nutrition.
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Overseas Opportunities for UC Education graduates

PE Teachers DO get jobs

Graduates from the College of Education, Health and Human Development at the University of Canterbury have exploded the commonly held myth that PE Teachers don’t get jobs. “It’s simply not true”  says Education lecturer Dr Jenny Clarke .
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Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning (Primary)

New Master of Specialist Teaching degree for 2015

An extension of the Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching, the new Masters degree is a further 120 points with the last 60 points of the masters totally from home.
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Master of Teaching and Learning

New one-year teaching Master’s degree for 2015

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.

2015 UC Education Mud Run

2015 UC Education Secondary Schools Mud Run

A record-breaking turnout this year. Thanks to all the participants and also to Dream Media for the video - it really highlights the amazing costumes. Which one is your favourite? Watch now

Referee reports for teaching applicants

If you have been selected as a referee for a prospective student please click here for the relevant form.

Undergraduate referee report

Graduate referee report


Event: UC Enrol - 6 Oct, 10am - 5pm

Advice and information to help you make informed decisions. UC Enrol will help you get ready for your study in 2016.

Academic advisors and the Liaison team will be available to explain UC’s broad interdisciplinary approach to study, as well as providing you with specific course details, options and alternatives.

For more info click here.

Collaborative book highlights resilience of Afghan youth

8 September 2015
Education PhD student Tariq Habibyar and Christchurch author Heather McQuillan are releasing Rubies in the Dust - a collection of true stories from young Afghan children and pupils. While conducting his research in Afganistan Tariq reaslised how powerful the stories were and how they highlighted the resilience of Afgan youth. "They show a different side to Afghanistan to the one popular media show."
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In the news

Associate Professor Kathleen Liberty6 September 2015
Associate Professor Kathleen Liberty was on Radio NZ talking about her research into post-traumatic stress in children. The study indicated if children experienced a chronic period of stress while their brain was developing during the age of two and three, their ability to respond to stress was altered.

"We call them stress-sensitive children, for example a small thing like losing their sun-hat becomes a big deal to them, they are becoming stressed over something that they otherwise wouldn't have."

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National Teaching Award for UC Education Professor

Professor Angus Hikairo Macfarlane14 August 2015
Congratulations to Professor Angus Hikairo Macfarlane for his outstanding achievement in receiving  a New Zealand Tertiary Teaching Excellence Award for Sustained Excellence in Tertiary Teaching in a Kaupapa Māori context. He was presented with his award in Parliament this week by the Minister for Tertiary Education, the Hon Steven Joyce

Angus MacFarlane doesn’t just teach culturally inclusive pedagogies, he has modelled them from the beginning of his tertiary teaching career in 1995. His teaching is founded on four elements of professional practice; dedication to the advancement of kaupapa Māori perspectives, tikanga and reo, demonstrating leadership, development of teaching pathways, and contribution to Māori, iwi and commun­­ities. Angus is a champion of sharing good practice. A colleague writes, “His collegiality identifies him as a person who shares willingly his mātauranga Māori...this extends to the communities of Ōtautahi and his own tūrangawaewae, Te Arawa.”

Upcoming Seminars

Thursday 24 September 12.00pm; "Water, play and fun? Co-investigating children's wellbeing in bluescapes"; Dr Christina Ergler, Department of Geography, University of Otago; Waimairi 106, UC Dovedale Campus
Children participating as researchers is celebrated as an accomplishment on the highest rung of Hart’s ladder of participation. Yet, there has been little critique of the ethics, appropriateness, and practical implications of turning children into researchers. Informed by a participatory project on children's wellbeing in bluescapes, this paper develops a preliminary argument for a more flexible, meaningful and realistic model of participation that speaks to the messy reality of being a child researcher.

Tuesday 20 October 4pm; "Schooling the Flesh: The Body, Pedagogy, and Inequalities"; Professor Antonia Darder, Loyola Marymount University ; L1 Lecture Theatre, UC Dovedale Campus
The lecture addresses the politics of classroom life and the relationship between the body and the social and material processes of constructing knowledge. Key principles of a ‘critical pedagogy of the body’ are elaborated through an examination of dominant ideologies, educational practices, and questions of inequality. Read more

Thursday 22 October 9.00-12.30; SYMPOSIUM: ‘Education, Social Justice and Community Engagement’; Jack Mann Auditorium, UC Dovedale Campus
KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Critical leadership for social justice and community empowerment; Antonia Darder
Other presentations:

  • What is the role of schooling and citizenship education? Billy O’Steen
  • Putting the uni in community: Breaking down the ivory tower and putting the campus in a politico-economic context; Ben Peterson
  • The corporate university as critic and conscience of society? Academics and the challenge of community engagement; David Small

Tuesday 27 October 9am-11am
Youth and (Dis) Engagement in Education: A critique of NEET, Youth Guarantees, and Alternative Education Contexts Seminar
This symposium will specifically explore contemporary issues of (dis)engagement for young people often marginalised within education contexts. Teachers, other educators and youth workers are warmly invited to join us. Read more

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