School of Teacher Education - College of Education, Health and Human Development - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

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School of Teacher Education

Nau mai tauti mai ki te kura e whakatutuki ai i te hiahia o te tangata e whai pūkenga ana kia tū ai he kaiako. He hōtaka mō te kanohi hou tae atu ki te tangata kua roa tāna tū ki te mura o te ahi, whare kōhungahunga, kura tuatahi, kura tuarua rānei. Nō reira, piki mai, kake mai, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēna koutou katoa.

Welcome to the School of Teacher Education. Our school provides a range of undergraduate, graduate and masters level qualifications initial teacher education programmes, as well as offering three postgraduate qualifications in the PGDipED through endorsements in Literacy, Teaching and Learning Languages, and Hoaka Pounamu. We are committed to providing exemplary programmes for teachers, supervisors, curriculum specialists, and other professionals pursuing careers in education both in on-campus and distance deliveries. For more details, please review the course offering pages.
Our staff are experienced educators with a passion for teaching and for their subject area specialties. They work across a range of teacher education programmes and teach early childhood, primary, secondary, graduate and postgraduate courses. Many are curriculum and assessment leaders with national profiles who contribute widely to the education sector. Staff in the school are also engaged in a variety of research initiatives aimed at enhancing educational outcomes for all students that align with family and whānau aspirations.


Collaborative Masterclass: Putting Sociocultural Activity Theory to Work in Teacher Education

Associate Professor Ian Thompson

2-3 March 2017
with Associate Professor Ian Thompson, Joint Convener of the Oxford Centre for Sociocultural and Activity Theory Research Oxford University

We are pleased to invite you to join us for a collaborative masterclass focussing on research into teacher education practice. This is an opportunity for us as teacher educators to collaboratively learn from and with each other, and Ian, as we consider how sociocultural and cultural historical activity theory can be put to work in ITE.
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2016 UC Teaching Awards

30 May
Congratulations to Sue Wilson from the School of Teacher Education who has been awarded the 2016 UC Teaching Award.

Sue WilsonSue would admit herself that for many of her students, mathematics is a compulsory course which brings with it a sense of anxiety and stress. She therefore sees her role as welcoming students with warmth and understanding and giving them the courage to step into the classroom with confidence and knowledge. She has won the respect and trust of student teachers because she involves them in the learning process and listens to their contributions.  She goes the extra mile for her students to make sure they succeed. Her students say that her passion for maths is inspiring and that her instinct for knowing when and how to lift spirits and change what she had originally intended to do to meet her student’s needs was “fantastic”.  

Sue is indeed a very worthy recipient of a 2016 UC Teaching Award and we are very proud of her achievements.

Mentoring and Supporting the Next Generation of Teachers
Research and Practice Symposia with Professor Sharon Feiman-Nemser

Professor Sharon Feiman-Nemser

Thursday 19th May - Prestige Lecture: Foundations of Mentoring: Promoting Learning in the Service of Student Learning 
When is mentoring "educative" (or "miseducative")? How does educative mentoring challenge the culture of teaching? What role should mentoring play in new teacher induction? How can teacher mentoring promote student learning?  Professor Sharon Feiman-Nemser will address these questions, using examples from cross-national studies of mentoring and induction.
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Culturally diverse schooling in focus

11 February
A new book by leading educators and researchers boldly encourages culturally responsive educational practices.

Professor Angus MacfarlaneSociocultural Realities: Exploring New Horizons scrutinises ethnic and cultural considerations in the hope of helping beginning and experienced teachers, special education advisers, psychologists, university lecturers, education professionals (from early childhood through to tertiary), and families.

Co-editor and University of Canterbury Professor of Maori Research Angus Macfarlane, said the book was exceptional in that it spanned the entire education sector - from the early preschool years through to tertiary - and also drew on the sociocultural realities of indigenous learners from three distinctive global locations. "We took a risk in encompassing the whole education sector in a single volume, but in doing so we feel that we are offering access to a wide range of educational consumers. Read more

Research Grant awarded for two-year language and diversity project

21 January
A cross-institutional research team has been awarded nearly $200,000 to fund a major two-year project entitled Enhancing the intercultural capability of students of additional languages in New Zealand intermediate schools. Intercultural capability is viewed in the New Zealand Curriculum as an important 21st century skill for young people. The focus of this project is on using language programmes as vehicles to improve students’ intercultural awareness and their capacity to understand and relate to diversity.

This project is in partnership with University of Auckland; University of Canterbury; Te Kura - The Correspondence School; International Languages Exchanges and Pathways; Takapuna Normal Intermediate School; Auckland Normal Intermediate School; Berkley Normal Middle School; Kirkwood Intermediate School. Jocelyn Howard, UC School of Teacher Education, says that "the research team plans to publish engaging examples of practice and develop research-informed principles to support other schools to improve learners’ intercultural capability." Kirkwood principal, Phil Tappenden, is very excited for his school to be part of the project and anticipates that it “will have a very positive impact on the learning outcomes of students in the specific classes involved in the study”. Phil predicts that the study will impact in “the longer term on learning outcomes of students across the whole school and other intermediate schools in New Zealand”.

Contact Us

School Office

Phone:+64 3 364 2339
Email: School of Teacher Education
Physical Address: Wheki Building (please see the campus map for directions)
Postal Address:

School of Teacher Education
College of Education, Health and Human Development
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand

Head of School

Professor Letitia Fickel

Room: Wheki 174
Phone: +64 3 369 5796
Internal Phone: 95796

Administrative Staff

Shelley Toms-Elder

School Administrator
Room: Wheki 175
Phone: +64 3 369 3708
Internal Phone: 93707

Programme Coordinators

Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Primary)

Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Early Childhood)

Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Teaching (EC)

Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning (Primary)

Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning (Secondary)

Upgrade to Bachelor of Teaching and Learning

Postgraduate Diploma in Education Endorsement Programme Coordinators

Hōaka Pounamu

Teaching and Learning Languages