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Bachelor of Arts (Education)

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

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Bachelor of Arts (Education) structure

Your major in Education will give you the chance to take a wide range of courses looking at the mainstays of educational policy and practice. You will begin your major with two 100-level courses: ‘An Introduction to Social and Cultural Studies in Education’, and ‘Human Development’. Both courses are compulsory for a major in Education.

When you have completed these you will begin to look at the more advanced areas of education. This includes courses on history, philosophy, psychology, and sociology of education. You can also take courses on human development and education research methods.

Where do I start?

There are two ‘must haves’ for a major in Education:

254.101 An Introduction to Social and Cultural Studies in Education

A critical examination of social, cultural, political, historical, and philosophical influences on the development of education in Aotearoa/New Zealand and internationally.

275.102 Human Development

An introduction to the study of life-span human development and learning within changing social and physical contexts.

Thinking of moving into teaching?

As part of your BA (Education), we strongly recommend that you include literacy and numeracy courses too, as these are requirements when applying for our Graduate Diploma in Teaching programmes.

Possible First Year

You may know you have an interest in Education but you are unsure about what courses might complement this interest or lead on to a second major, or minor. The following list provides possible choices for interests in Linguistics, Philosophy, Psychology, or Sociology to help with planning your first year of study. A usual full-time workload for first year is eight courses; four courses in Semester One, and four courses in Semester Two.

You should take:

230.110 Turangawaewae: Identity and Belonging in Aotearoa New Zealand
230.111 Tu Kupu: Writing and Inquiry
230.112 Tu Arohae: Critical Thinking
254.101 Intro to Social and Cultural Studies in Education
275.102 Human Development

Choose three electives from:

134.101 Knowledge and Reality
134.104 Practical Ethics
172.131 Language and Communication
172.133 Intro to Language Studies
175.101 Psychology as a Social Science
175.102 Psychology as a Natural Science
176.101 Intro to Sociology
176.102 New Zealand Society
176.104 Identity and Culture in NZ
254.162 Intro to Literacy and Numeracy
264.102 Classroom Management

This is not an exhaustive list of options and you can search for courses in other interest areas e.g. Business via the course search webpage.


The Education courses listed here can be credited towards the BA. Other courses offered by the College of Education can be included under the allowance of 120 credits from other degrees.

Major requirements

A major in Educational consists of 135 credits (nine courses)


A minor consists of 75 credits in Education, including 15 credits at 300-level, 30 credits at 200 and/or 300-level and 30 credits at any level from the Education major schedule.

To find out how to plan your study and/or see what courses are necessary to complete your programme, please check the regulations. It will display the regulatory information for the programme you have selected.

If you would like to find out more about individual course requirements, please use our Course search. Note: Not all courses will be offered in all modes or across all campuses in any given year.

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