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

Overseas Opportunities for
UC Education graduates

Some UC graduates seek employment opportunities through agencies which place teachers into positions around the world.
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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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Applications are now open for teaching programmes

Application forms for 2016 teaching programmes available here.

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


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.”

Teaching AwardsCollege academics win teaching awards

Congratulations to Professor Peter Roberts and Jackie Cowan for winning 2015 UC Teaching Awards.




Upcoming Seminars

Thursday 10 September 4.30pm; "Foetal Alcohol Syndrome"; Dr Carolyn Blackburn, Winston Churchill Fellow Read more here.

Thursday 17 September 12.00pm; "Personal Narratives of Children with Down Syndrome"; Dr Anne Van Bysterveldt;Waimairi 106, UC Dovedale Campus

UC Education News

The College of Education, Health and Human Development is an exciting, thriving place. Our students and staff accomplish an incredible range of achievements and our programmes offer a wide range of unique experiences. Click here to find out what’s going on at UC Education.

Cell phones an integral part of learning

30 April 2015
PhD education student Mazhar Syed says universities and schools are realising the advantages of cell phones as an integral part of learning. Read more

Teachers of Promise - where did they go?

Associate Professor Susan Lovett"Simply retaining teachers in itself is not enough," said Associate Professor Susan Lovett, joint author of the Teachers of Promise project. "We want to have the very best teachers for kids in our schools. These are the people we need to nurture and support."

Published last year, the study took 57 third-year teachers recommended by training organisations and principals as being "highly promising" and followed them for six years. Sadly, it was discovered that our best and brightest young teachers are quickly leaving the profession because of frustrations over too much paperwork, insufficient pay and a lack of career options in front of classrooms. Read more

Encouraging volunteering at all agesWhat if... Education included community participation alongside literacy and numeracy?

Presented by Associate Professor Billy O’Steen 15 April 2015

What role and responsibility does the New Zealand educational system have in educating students to be active participants in their communities?
More than 30 years of research on kindy kids and primary, secondary, and tertiary students has proven that volunteering, when integrated with academics, yields better academic achievement, more engaged citizenship, and deeper personal growth.
To view this lecture click here