Prospective Students - College of Education, Health and Human Development - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

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Future Students

Teaching offers a creative, stimulating and rewarding career that provides the opportunity to influence and shape many lives. There are always opportunities for graduates who are energetic, enthusiastic and creative, and who want to make a difference, to help shape the future of our community.

There are many scholarships available to students studying teacher education, including substantial TeachNZ scholarships. Starting salaries are above those for many new graduates, and employment conditions are generally good, including generous holidays, and there are great international work opportunities.

Teacher education at UC

We are the premier provider of teacher education in Christchurch and offer qualifications in:

We offer our students:

  • research-informed teaching by lecturers who are also practically experienced in their fields
  • small classes that let you get to know your lecturers and classmates
  • flexibility of study options for some programmes, including on campus, distance, part-time and flexible delivery options
  • supportive staff with an open-door policy
  • modern facilities and classrooms and a relaxing, landscaped campus which provides a positive study environment
  • customised in-service professional development courses for teachers and teacher educators.

Entry requirements

A special application form for teaching programmes is required. Selection for entry is competitive and is based on academic ability, involvement and interest in working with children, community involvement, communication skills and other personal qualities. The selection process includes a police check and an interview for some programmes.

International students for whom English is an additional language must provide evidence of their English language ability as follows:

  1. IELTS (Academic) 7.0, with no individual score below 7.0; or
  2. At least two years of successful study in a New Zealand secondary school, with at least eight Level 2 NCEA credits in English (four reading and four writing).

All students for whom English is not a first language must satisfy the New Zealand Teachers Council English language requirements for teacher registration.

Computer/Internet Access study requirements

Postgraduate Study

We have a large number of postgraduate programmes, including the recently restructured Master of Education.

You can Major in Education or take individual Educational Studies courses towards your BA or other degrees.

Professional Development for Teachers

We offer a wide range of professional development programmes and support services for teachers, schools, other organisations and the community. These programmes are offered on campus or by distance study (Flexible Learning Option) making University study possible for students who do not have the ability to get to a local campus.

Career Changers

Do you want to start training for a new career but are unsure about managing time and financial commitments? Do you worry that you have been out of the 'system' for too long? Don't worry - more than half our students are 'mature' students (25-80+) we are familiar with all the concerns people have about starting a new career.

Student Support

We provide additional support and activities for Māori and Pacific (Pacific Students' site) College of Education, Health and Human Development students.  Pastoral care for all College of Education, Health and Human Development students is provided by the Student Support team, who can assist students in areas as diverse as personal problems affecting study, extension and aegrotat queries, adjustment to university life, and social and cultural concerns. 

Some of the UC Student Support Services also have a College of Education, Health and Human Development drop-in service. Services include support for specific groups, people to talk to including chaplains, mentors and counsellors. There is academic support, financial support, Careers advice and on campus services.

Fees and Costs

Information on fees and courses can be found as part of the University website. There are scholarships available to College of Education, Health and Human Development students as well as University wide scholarships.

You can also find relevant information for Future Students on the University website.

Enrol Now

Visit the UC Enrolment website for more details on how to enrol.

Initial Teacher Education and Sport Coaching

The 2017 Programme Application is now available. Call the Contact Centre for an application pack by post. Early applications are strongly recommended as places on courses are limited. Complete and return your Programme Application to start your enrolment process. If you have any questions regarding your Programme Application please contact

If you need course and occurrence codes for the group you are enrolling into visit the Course Groups webpages.

Professional Development and Postgraduate Qualifications

Before you can be enrolled in your courses, you need to be approved into the Award. Postgraduate and Professional Development Applications provides information about the enrolment process.

Credit Transfer to the College of Education, Health and Human Development

More information and application forms for the transfer of credits from other institutions is available from Student Administration.

More Information

Please see the campus map for directions to the College of Education, Health and Human Development.

For more information email, phone 0800 VARSITY (827 748)