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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

Upcoming Events

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



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