Teaching Pathways - College of Education, Health and Human Development - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

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Pathways to a career in teaching: Fantastic opportunities for teaching scholarships!

Student-teacher Nina Vailu'u on teaching placement at Cotswold School.Student-teacher Nina Vailu'u on teaching placement at Cotswold School.

There are many different ways to become a teacher and UC’s School of Teacher Education within the College of Education, Health and Human Development has something to suit almost everyone. There are some excellent scholarships available to help students on their way - particularly for teachers of subject areas where New Zealand is experiencing teaching shortages such as maths, science, Te Reo Māori and technology subjects.

Our pathways to teaching at UC include undergraduate degrees in early childhood and primary teaching or, for those who have already completed a degree, there is the one year graduate diploma or masters degree pathway in early childhood, primary or secondary teaching.

UC’s Master of Teaching and Learning is fast developing a reputation for excellence and innovation. Since welcoming it's first intake of student teachers in 2015, this new one-year professional preparation course has equipped students with the knowledge and skills needed in today’s more dynamic learning environments.

The Master of Teaching and Learning pathway to becoming a teacher gives students the opportunity to gain both a master’s degree and provisional teacher’s registration in one calendar year and is designed for those interested in teaching at early childhood, primary or secondary level. Ninety-two percent of the 2015 graduates successfully gained employment and some students had multiple job offers at leading schools throughout New Zealand before they even graduated!

Professor Letitia Fickel, Head of the School of Teacher Education, says the College offers a range of innovative programmes in teacher education that weave together research and practice. “All of our teacher education courses seek to produce new teachers who have the dispositions and skills to work positively with diverse students and families, have advanced knowledge of the New Zealand curriculum, and are able to integrate contemporary educational theory with high competency in practical teaching skills.”

Time spent in the classroom putting into practice what students have learnt during their courses is a key part of the College’s teaching qualifications. The College works closely with ECE centres and schools in Christchurch and around the country allowing students to apply their knowledge and critically reflect on their teaching practices.

“Schools have changed significantly in the last few years and there are a lot of new learning environments. Our student teachers have the benefit of learning in these spaces and through the different ways these might challenge them as they become new teachers,” says Professor Fickel.

Woodend School Principal, Mr. Graeme Barber, says his staff enjoy the opportunities for professional growth that UC’s College of Education Health and Human Development provides in its “Community of Practice” approach for the student teacher, mentor teacher in schools and University mentor in the School of Teacher Education.

“This special relationship allows the three parties to develop a shared vision of ‘excellent teaching’ by openly recognising and harnessing the expertise and knowledge each brings to the partnership.”

A number of generous scholarships are available for those considering studying for a teaching qualification at UC including TeachNZ Scholarships and UC Scholarships. More information about teaching qualifications and entry criteria are available on the Education website. Alternatively contact a UC Education student advisor by emailing education@canterbury.ac.nz.