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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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July Start for study in 2016

Undergraduate Options

Postgraduate Options

If you are keen to start your studies now and not wait until next year, there are a variety of options you can choose from. Whether its sport coaching, health sciences or teacher education, we have options for you to get your studies underway in July.

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.

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 select the relevant report:

  • Graduate programmes - Use this link for those applying for the Graduate Diploma or Master of Teaching and Learning programmes
  • Undergraduate programmes - Use this link for those applying for the Bachelor of Teaching and Learning programmes
  • School reports - Use this link for 2016 school leavers only

Upcoming Events

Lucy HoneWellbeing and Resilience speaker Lucy Hone

Thursday, 30 June 4.30pm, Wheki 302

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.
Drinks and finger food provided
Suitable for teachers in schools and centres, and anyone interested in resilience
NZEALS members free; non-members $10

The Inclusive Education Summit 2016 (TIES) - Registration now open

TIES2016 logoTIES 2016 is proudly hosted by UC 8-10 July 2016. Join us as we explore how to best strengthen inclusive education practices for the benefit of all students. Everyone is welcome to attend, academics, self-advocates, disability activists, practitioners, students, policy makers, families and thinkers.

This year the theme is Belonging - Rethinking inclusive education across countries and cultural contexts: What is inclusive education? What is belonging? How do I belong?

TIES 2016 Website

2016 UC Education Careers Fair

12 July 10am – 1:30pm, Drama 1 Workshop, Jack Mann Auditorium

Right now the United Kingdom is experiencing a teaching skills shortage from early childhood through to secondary schools. In July UC Careers is hosting 23 teaching agencies onto the University of Canterbury Dovedale Campus. While most are recruiting for the UK market there are also other international options. If you are interested in attending this event please feel free to come along. Read more

2016 Annual Graham Nuthall Lecture

11 August 5 - 7pm

Professor Bronwen Cowie: "The dance of agency: student engagement in assessment for learning".

Bronwen Cowie is the diector 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. Read more



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

3 June

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

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

2016 UC Teaching Awards

30 May

Sue Wilson

Congratulations to Sue Wilson from the School of Teacher Education who has been awarded the 2016 UC Teaching Award.

Sue would admit herself that for many of her students, mathematics is a compulsory course which brings with it a sense of anxiety and stress. She therefore sees her role as welcoming students with warmth and understanding and giving them the courage to step into the classroom with confidence and knowledge. She has won the respect and trust of student teachers because she involves them in the learning process and listens to their contributions.  She goes the extra mile for her students to make sure they succeed. Her students say that her passion for maths is inspiring and that her instinct for knowing when and how to lift spirits and change what she had originally intended to do to meet her student’s needs was “fantastic”.  

Sue is indeed a very worthy recipient of a 2016 UC Teaching Award and we are very proud of her achievements.

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.

World Champ in our sporting midst

Dr Jenny Clarke

22 May

Sport Coaching lecturer, Dr Jenny Clarke, and her husband, Chris Clarke, paired for New Zealand as they clinched the golf croquet world teams championship in London. The Canterbury pair were undefeated as New Zealand claimed the title 7-5 over the heavily favoured Egypt team, in the final on Sunday (NZT). It was a reversal of the previous final four years ago when Egypt beat New Zealand at the Johannesburg Country Club in South Africa. Read more

Source: The Press

Taking a holistic approach in supporting children's early literacy

Professor Gail Gillon

6 May

RadioLive's Mark Sainsbury talks with Professor Gail Gillon from Canterbury University about illiteracy and how a slow start at school can affect you for life. 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. Professor Gillon said "The overall mission is to give a better start to life for all our children". Listen now

Source: RadioLive

New University of Canterbury graduates a rare find in teaching

New University of Canterbury graduates a rare find in teaching

19 April

Chris Houghton and Sione Areli are hard finds in the teaching profession for two reasons – they are both male and of Pasifika descent. The pair were among hundreds of University of Canterbury students who graduated at Addington's Horncastle Arena this year

The teaching profession is dominated by New Zealand European women, but Houghton and Areli are bucking the trend. Houghton said a key issue was the "huge levels of under achievement for Maori and Pasifika". 

Houghton, 23, has a job at Catholic Cathedral College, specialising in religious education and english while Areli has work as a teacher at Hillmorton High School. Read more

Source: The Press

UC academics take inclusive teaching research to US

Professor Missy Morton

14 April

Professor Missy Morton and Dr Annie Guerin of the College of Education, Health and Human Development are speaking at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, about the research they’ve conducted in schools throughout New Zealand. The UC academics will share their work in understanding how curriculum, pedagogy and assessment can be made to work to support inclusive education.

“Sometimes people argue that one of the barriers to including all children and young people in schools is the nature of a child's disability. We've been able to show how teachers can and do include all students in the New Zealand curriculum, and that those students learn, achieve and truly belong in their local school. Read more

Dr Judy Bruce on alternative education

Dr Judy Bruce on alternative education

12 April

Christchurch schools that help teenagers with complex behavioural and emotional problems are struggling for money as younger students require help post-earthquakes.

Christchurch alternative education manager Arthur Sutherland said since the February 2011 earthquake more 13-year-olds had required help as their families dealt with the disaster's aftermath. "Before the earthquakes it was rare for a year 9 student to come into AE," he said. Read more

Source: The Press

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

Student profile - Zoe Cargill

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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QS rankings: UC amongst world's top universities

UC Vice Chancellor Rod Carr22 March

The independent international rankings agency QS has again placed the University of Canterbury amongst the world's most elite institutions. QS Rankings assess university reputation among academics and employers, faculty to student ratio, research citations per faculty, and the proportion of international staff and students enrolled. In this year’s QS World University Rankings by Subject, UC is ranked amongst the world's top institutions in 25 of the subjects featured. UC Education is placed in the top 100 education departments in the world. Read more