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Bachelor of Arts (Education)

Key facts

  • Available at Auckland
  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Available for international students studying in NZ or via distance learning

Embrace learning and diversity

Pursue your passion for education with Massey’s Bachelor of Arts (Education).

Find out more about the Bachelor of Arts parent structure.

What is it like?

Massey is in the world’s top 150 universities for education.

The Massey BA (Education) delivers skills and strategies for learning, from the sociological to the philosophical. You’ll explore the developmental and cultural factors that influence approaches to learning, and gain transferable skills that will serve you personally and professionally.

Expand your skillset

A BA (Education) will develop your ability to analyse, articulate and disseminate ideas that incorporate a range of viewpoints. You’ll engage with the research that examines how we learn, what we learn, and how we transform that learning into action.

Explore your interests

The range of issues in education is vast, yet you’ll be able to explore topics of your choice in depth. Whatever inspires you, a major in education gives you access to a wide range of learning experiences to hone your abilities and enable you to engage positively in any context.

Your qualification options

Please note that the Bachelor of Arts (Education) does not qualify you to be a teacher in New Zealand. If you want to be a teacher, you will also need to take a postgraduate teaching qualification. Please explore your options in our education pathways tool.

A good fit if you:

  • Are interested in how people learn and develop
  • Want to understand more about social and cultural aspects of education
  • Are considering teaching or developing policy
  • Have a passion for a particular subject and want to explore it in depth
Suzy King
Bachelor of Arts (Education)

“I have been able to support the children’s learning developments using the skills I have gained…”

I’ve always had a mind for being a teacher, so I wanted to choose an undergraduate degree that would allow me to learn as much as I could about children and education. Massey University’s Bachelor of Arts in Education gave me this knowledge and more.

The course seemed really straightforward and provided great flexibility, which allowed me to explore other areas I am passionate about. I was able to take courses in Māori culture and language, and I look forward to sharing my knowledge of Te Reo with my own class one day.

Studying the BA also opened up a range of other opportunities if I decide to delve into other areas of the education sector like special education, counselling and human development.

My degree has taught me about inclusion and treating everyone equally, and that every child is different and has different learning styles. I’ve learnt to be open and supportive, to think about things from diverse perspectives, and to make any situation (good or bad) a positive one.

In my work as a nanny of six children ranging from two and a half years old to 19 years old I have been able to support the children’s learning developments using the skills I have gained. I’m constantly asking them open-ended questions to keep them thinking about what they’re learning and enhancing their communication abilities. This encourages them to think of things from a range of aspects and to continue discovering new information and new areas of their learning.


A Bachelor of Arts (Education) provides the foundation for a range of careers in areas such as policy, professional practice, management and teaching. Our graduates can be found in many industries working as:

  • Health professionals
  • Professional educators/teachers
  • Expert administrators
  • Management executives
  • Network administrators
  • Sales and marketing managers

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