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Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Early Childhood) FLO

The BTchLn (Early Childhood) is offered as a 3 year full-time or 6 year part-time programme. The commitment you can expect to make:

  • Full-time students can expect to spend approximately 40 hours per week studying independently.
  • Two On-site Intensives per year will normally be held in Christchurch or New Plymouth if you are enrolled in the regional programme. All FLO Early Childhood students attend a two week On-site Intensive in February of their first year of study. All other OSIs will be up to one week away.
  • Full-time students attend two professional practices in Early Childhood Centres each year:

    Year 1

    Semester one: 2 weeks

    Semester two: 4 weeks

    Year 2

    Semester one: 4 weeks

    Semester two: 4 weeks

    Year 3

    Semester one: 5 weeks

    Semester two: 5 weeks

  • Part-time study commitment is dependent upon the course structure and may vary from year to year.
  • Further information BTchLn (Early Childhood) (Courses, Subjects and Qualifications website)
  • Course Groups, Orientation and Timetables

Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Primary) FLO

The BTchLn (Primary) is offered as a 3 year full-time or 6 year part-time programme. The commitment you can expect to make:

  • Full-time students can expect to spend approximately 35-40 hours per week studying independently and part-time students 17-20 hours per week (this may vary depending on courses taken).
  • Full-time students attend two professional practices in schools each year:

    Year 1

    Semester one: 2 weeks

    Semester two: 4 weeks

    Year 2

    Semester one: 4 weeks

    Semester two: 4 weeks

    Year 3

    Semester one: 5 weeks

    Semester two: 5 weeks

  • Part-time study commitment is dependent upon the course structure and may vary from year to year.
  • All full-time students will attend two On-site Intensives in Christchurch or Rotorua if you are enrolled in the regional programme, in each year of study. Part-time students attend when they are enrolled in a course that has an On-site Intensive scheduled. All FLO Primary students attend a two-week On-site Intensive in the February of their first year of study. All other OSIs will be up to one week away.
  • Further information BTchLn (Primary) (Courses, Subjects and Qualifications website)
  • Course Groups, Orientation and Timetables

Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Teaching FLO

We offer the Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Teaching as a full-year programme for those students who hold a university degree, or a diploma in primary teaching.
The commitment you can expect to make:

  • The Graduate Diploma is only available through the FLO option. The Graduate Diploma will be offered as a one year programme of fulltime study.
  • Full-time students can expect to spend approximately 40-50 hours per week studying independently.
  • Three On-site Intensives per year will be held in Christchurch.
  • Students completing this Graduate Diploma will attend three professional practice of five weeks each over the period of study.
  • Further information GradDipTchLn (Early Childhood) (Courses, Subjects and Qualifications website).
  • Course Groups, Orientation and Timetables

Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning (Primary) FLO

We offer the Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning (Primary) as a 12 month programme for those students who hold a university degree.
The commitment you can expect to make:

  • Full-time students can expect to spend approximately 40-50 hours per week studying independently.
  • Students will attend two professional practices in schools of seven weeks each over the period of study.
  • All students will attend two sessions (known as On-site Intensives) of up to two weeks. The first On-site Intensive will be held in Christchurch during the February of the first year of study.
  • Further information GradDipTchLn (Primary) (Courses, Subjects and Qualifications website).
  • Course Groups, Orientation and Timetables

Certificate in Learning Support FLO

The CertLS is available to be studied by distance and we recommend up to ten hours of study per course per week.

Bachelor of Sport Coaching FLO

The Bachelor of Sport Coaching is a nationally and internationally recognised three-year full-time or up to six years part-time qualification that equips students with the key skills employers are looking for, not just in sport and related fields but in everything from business to corporate management. Sport coaching graduates are motivated and passionate leaders who inspire others and are committed to success.

The degree has strong practical elements. Students will organise, manage and coach a sports team outside their regular classes during two of the three years of their degrees. In addition, in the third year all sport coaches are solely responsible for organising a 120 hour internship in a professional workplace. This involves working in a professional sporting organisation and spending time learning about management structures as well as organising events and participating in other activities.

The commitment you can expect to make:

A range of Sport Coaching courses are available to any student and may be studied on campus or by distance, making them ideal to combine with other degrees such as law, commerce and management.

Graduate Certificate in Sport Coaching FLO

The Graduate Certificate in Sport Coaching provides practicing coaches and those employed in the sports industry the opportunity to develop their professional coaching skills. It is also available to students who are not currently employed in the industry, but wish to develop skills and competencies to gain employment in Performance Sports Coaching contexts.

The GradCertSpC is a six month full time or up to four years part time qualification. It is offered as an on-line, flexible learning option. Flexible learning options enable students to fit Sport Coaching studies around their busy professional and personal lives. Students enrolled in the GradCertSpC flexible learning courses will be supported through online resources, discussion forums, recorded lectures, PowerPoint’s, video tutorials and other electronic media.

The commitment you can expect to make:

  • Full-time students can expect to spend approximately 30-40 hours per week studying independently.
  • Further information GradCertSpC (Courses, Subjects and Qualifications website).
  • Download the GradCertSpC brochure (PDF, 95KB).

Certificate in Sport Coaching

If you're involved in sport coaching or team management at any level and wish to enhance your development and skills, the Certificate in Sport Coaching (CertSpC) is the ideal programme for you. Study full time or part-time, on-campus or at home; the CertSpC offers you flexibility. Tailor-make the programme to best suit your requirements by choosing the courses that fit your interests and needs. Learn from leading experts and academics and have access to world leading technologies in the Sports Lab and personalised online support for distance students.

The CertSpC may be completed part-time over a period of up to 4 years or as a 6-month full-time qualification.

The certificate consists of 60 points (4 courses). SPCO101  Introduction to Sport Coaching  and SPCO201 Athlete-Centred Coaching for Team Sports are compulsory courses. Two further courses are to be selected from the Sport Coaching degree programme, with options including Nutrition, Psychology, Strength & Conditioning

The commitment you can expect to make:

  • Full-time students can expect to spend approximately 30-40 hours per week studying independently.
  • Further information CertSpC (Courses, Subjects and Qualifications website).
  • Download the Certificate in Sport Coaching (PDF, 164KB).

Postgraduate Study and Professional Development Qualifications for Teachers

A number of postgraduate and professional development qualifications are also offered by distance. For more information see Postgraduate and Professional Development Programmes.

Master of Computer-Assisted Language Learning MCALL

This 180-point Master prepares language teachers to make optimal, research-informed use of technology in their classrooms, and paves the way for further development. Students anywhere in the world can study this online programme either fulltime or part time. In just 12 months of fulltime study (part-time options are available) graduates can gain a level 9 Master degree at the University of Canterbury. MCALL students will learn about the history and current state of technology-enhanced language learning and teaching and critically evaluate the body of research that has investigated this important shift in the way we can learn, teach and use languages.

Graduates of the programme will have the knowledge and skills they require to be able to judiciously introduce technology-enhanced learning of languages in a variety of educational settings from early childhood to tertiary. As education settings and the wider community gain unprecedented access to connectivity and technology, the challenge is the increased need for educators who are able to use the technology for learning. There is a demand from educators in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) in NZ and worldwide for knowledge about and skills in the use of technology.

For more information visit the MCall website or download the MCALL brochure (PDF, 128KB).