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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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New Cert in Sport Coaching: expertise for any coach

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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Careers for UC Education

High employment rates for UC Education graduates

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Overseas Opportunities for UC Education graduates

Teaching through a Sport Pathway

Bachelor of Sport Coaching graduates can make great teachers.

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Timetables, Orientation and Coursegroups

Timetables, Orientation and Coursegroups information

These pages are for students who are in the process of enrolling, or who are currently enrolled.

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

Upcoming Events

Next Prestige Seminar
Increasing Teachers’ Capacity for Innovative Learning Pedagogies

Professor Peggy ErtmerWednesday, 27 April, 4pm to 5.30pm, Wheki 302

Professor Peggy Ertmer, Purdue University, USA
Helping teachers achieve real gains in innovative learning requires building teacher capacity, including engaging students’ interests, facilitating new roles for teachers and students, and supporting students’ efforts throughout the learning process. In this presentation I describe ways to initiate and sustain the change process via small strategy adjustments that, over time, can lead to impactful student learning outcomes.
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Inaugural Professorial Lecture: Physical Education: Future Legitimacy

Thursday 5th May 2016, 4pm, Wheki 302

Professor Ian Culpan.
This presentation will highlight possible potentialities and international researched based initiatives that may contribute to the reconceptualization and re-alignment of physical education. The presentation will argue that capitalising on such potentials and initiatives may assist the future legitimacy of the learning area.

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



UC academics take inclusive teaching research to US

Professor Missy MortonProfessor 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

Student profile - Blake West

Blake West'Thanks to the partnership with UC, the Crusaders Academy came and talked to us about the internship...'

A keen rugby player and aspiring coach, Blake is focusing on Strength and Conditioning as he works towards his degree in Sport Coaching at UC. It's a field he plans to specialise in as he develops his coaching career.

'I want to become a high-performance strength and conditioning coach with an industry-specific business,' he says. For Blake, coaching is all about being hands-on and he has made a dream start on his plan by landing an internship with the Crusaders Academy. This position gives him the opportunity to work with players at a senior level, which is a huge boost to his practical experience. Read more

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

Record interest in Sport Coaching as a career

Dr Jenny Clarke16 March

With the University of Canterbury celebrating increased enrolments among school leavers and new-to-university students, the Bachelor of Sport Coaching degree has seen record growth, with enrolments increasing by 125 per cent, compared to the same time in 2015. Sport Coaching degree programme coordinator Dr Jenny Clarke attributes part of this growth to the new endorsements and professional accreditation students can gain, as well as final-year internships in professional sporting workplaces.
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Students get warm welcome back to university

Raesha Ishmail and Megan Whitelaw8 March

Canterbury University students were warmly welcomed into the Riccarton community last Sunday.

Connect '16 was an event organised by two health and practice internship students to help them get to know their neighbours and other locals in the area. Canterbury Students Ashley Walker and Shannon Clark were behind the event held at Harington Park which was supervised by lecturer for Health Science and Education Raesha Ismail. Read more in the Western News, March 8 2016

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).

Lack of counselling for Christchurch PTSD children

15 February

Hundreds of young Christchurch children are suffering post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) linked to the earthquakes, but fewer than one in ten has access to counselling. Associate Professor Kathleen Liberty spoke with TV3's Story about top tips for helping our community's children. Watch here

Kathleen was also interviewed on Radio New Zealand about her research on children's struggles post earthquake. Up to 60 per cent of children aged 5 to 7 in the study are exhibiting PTSD symptoms, with 20 per cent showing six or more symptoms. Read more here

Culturally diverse schooling in focus

Professor Angus Macfarlane11 February

A new book by leading educators and researchers boldly encourages culturally responsive educational practices.

Sociocultural Realities: Exploring New Horizons scrutinises ethnic and cultural considerations in the hope of helping beginning and experienced teachers, special education advisers, psychologists, university lecturers, education professionals (from early childhood through to tertiary), and families.

Co-editor and University of Canterbury Professor of Maori Research Angus Macfarlane, said the book was exceptional in that it spanned the entire education sector - from the early preschool years through to tertiary - and also drew on the sociocultural realities of indigenous learners from three distinctive global locations. "We took a risk in encompassing the whole education sector in a single volume, but in doing so we feel that we are offering access to a wide range of educational consumers. Read more