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Applications for 2017 teaching programmes are now closed.

The 2018 Programme Applications will be available in July.

Information on the application process for 2018 will be available from June.

Below is an example of the application process from last year.

Download the Application for Programme Entry or call the Contact Centre for an application pack by post if you are applying for:

  • Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Early Childhood)
  • Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Primary)
  • Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Teaching
  • Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning (Primary), or the
  • Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning (Secondary).
  • Master of Teaching and Learning endorsed in Early Childhood, Primary or Secondary.

If you are transferring from a teaching qualification within New Zealand (not international) download the Transfer Application for Programme Entry 2017 - Teacher Education Programmes (PDF, 586KB).

Please note that the BEd(PE) degree is not open to new enrolments in 2017. For those interested in a career as a secondary school Physical Education teacher, UC offers a pathway via the three-year Bachelor of Sport Coaching degree or Bachelor of Health Sciences degree followed by the Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning (Secondary). Students interested in pursuing this pathway should seek the advice of a Student Advisor.

Entry into these programmes is not automatic. Selection for entry into our Teacher Education programmes is based on:

  • academic ability
  • assessments in English and/or Numeracy and/or Science (depending on your chosen programme)

  • involvement and interest in working with children and young people and an interest in facilitating and supporting their learning
  • community involvement
  • communication skills – your ability to communicate your ideas clearly, confidently and coherently, and to listen and respond to others appropriately
  • leadership and mentoring roles
  • referee and school reports
  • a police check
  • an interview if invited
  • commitment to reo Māori and Tikanga (Māori language and protocols).

Application Information

If you are 20 years of age or over, recent tertiary study is desirable. For example, you may want to consider the Certificate in University Preparation (CUP) prior to applying or the Certificate in Sport Coaching which can be studied by distance.

Applicants must have good English language skills. All students for whom English is an additional language must provide evidence of their English language ability:

Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Early Childhood), Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Primary), Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Teaching, Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning (Primary), or the Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning (Secondary):

  • IELTS (Academic) with a minimum score of 7.0 in all bands
  • Applicants who have completed at least two years of successful study in a New Zealand secondary school and achieved a minimum number of NCEA level 2 credits in Literacy, or who have completed a tertiary qualification in New Zealand at NZQA level 7 or higher, may be eligible for an exemption from the requirement to sit IELTS

Master of Teaching and Learning (applications for 2017 are now closed):

  • IELTS (Academic) with a minimum score of 7.5 in all bands
  • Applicants who have completed at least two years of successful study in a New Zealand secondary school and achieved a minimum number of NCEA level 2 credits in Literacy, or who have completed a tertiary qualification in New Zealand at NZQA level 7 or higher, may be eligible for an exemption from the requirement to sit IELTS

Note that satisfying these criteria does not guarantee entry to the programme.

If you have lived in another country for 12 months continuously in the past 10 years and were over 16 years of age, you will also need to provide a police report from that country.

If you don't have experience with interviews then you may wish to contact your school careers advisor and review our interview video.

We strongly advise you to apply as early as possible as places in these programmes are limited.

  1. People who are offered a place in an initial teacher education programme will either receive an unconditional offer of place, or a conditional offer of place. If you receive a conditional offer, please ensure that you have met the condition by the programme start date. The Offer of Place Letter provides important information including start dates and orientation.
  2. International students also receive an Offer of Place letter from our Admissions Team. It is important that you read that letter carefully (in conjunction with this letter), as it provides essential information about your enrolment process. If you have questions about the Admissions Offer of Place letter, please e-mail: admission@canterbury.ac.nz. If the Admissions and Enrolment Office has not received police clearances that are current at the time your course begins you may not be able to complete your enrolment.
  3. Once you have an Offer of Place Letter you will receive an Enrolment Offer detailing your courses. You should carefully check this is correct before accepting it and arranging payment.
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If you have any questions regarding your Application for Programme Entry please contact teacheredselect@canterbury.ac.nz.

Closing dates for 2017 APE forms:

Applications for 2017 teaching programmes are now closed.

What can hold up the processing of your application?

You should hear from us within two weeks of submitting your application. If your application is held up it is usually because we are waiting for all of the documentation to be received. Outstanding documents are usually:

  • one or more referee reports
  • a school report (for school leavers applying for the Bachelor of Teaching and Learning Primary and Early Childhood)
  • your academic transcript (a final one if you have graduated or an interim one if you are still completing your study).

If you have had to apply for admission to the university (for 20+, special admission, discretionary entrance and Ad Eundem Statum admission) this may also cause a delay with your application. We work closely with the admissions office to try and minimise these delays.

We do interview applicants without all of the required documentation however we cannot make a final decision until everything is received.

Continuing students

  • If you have previously been enrolled at UC in an Initial Teacher Education and Sport Coaching programmes you can Apply to Enrol online via myUC.
  • If you are an International student, complete your enrolment as above and indicate where required that you are an International student.
  • Visit the Course Groups, Orientation and Timetables pages if you need detailed information on your Course Groups, Orientation and On-Site Intensive timetables.