Course details

Ako: Bachelor of Teaching and Learning
NZQF Level 7

About the course

If you are inspired by the world around you and wish to make a positive difference in the lives of young people, then a career in teaching or education could be for you. It's a very rewarding and satisfying career in which you can make a real difference in children's lives and introduce them to the world of learning.

Ako: Bachelor of Teaching and Learning prepares you for a professional teaching career in whare kōhungahunga (early childhood) or kura tuatahi (primary) settings, with a choice of three endorsements:

  • Early Childhood
  • Primary
  • Mātauranga Māori

Entry requirements

You will need University Entrance (or equivalent) to enrol.

If English is your additional language, you are also required to meet the requirements set out by Matatū Aotearoa | Teaching Council of New Zealand.

Selection process

Ako:BTchLn has one intake each February. Selection for entry is based on:

Involvement and interest in working with children, community involvement, and other personal qualities as outlined in the Guide to Applying
a police check, referees' reports, and an interview
a short literacy and numeracy test
communication skills.

Those wanting to enrol in the Mātauranga Māori endorsement will also need to hui with the Endorsement Coordinator to determine the right starting point for you based on your level of te reo Māori.

About the provider

At the University of Canterbury you will get to enjoy the very best a university has to offer 'a world class learning environment, a vibrant campus and a great student lifestyle that's packed with opportunities.

You will gain hands-on experience in courses led by academics who are actively engaged in research and who are experts in their fields. The culture promotes active learning, where the vibrant community allows you to be who you are and do what you love.

UC's picturesque campus with modern teaching and research facilities is set in the heart of a city that has become a magnet for growth and innovation. Further afield lies a region packed with outdoor adventure, from the mountains to the sea.