Teach the Future
Teaching at the University of Waikato is a qualification that sets you up to become a skilled and reflective teacher. We produce qualified teachers who are in high demand both in New Zealand and around the world.
Teachers are influential community members, making a difference to young people and their learning, knowledge and skill acquisition. They play a major role in helping their students develop their independence and success in their lives.
As a graduate of this programme you will be among the best prepared teaching graduates and highly regarded by education employers, within NZ and overseas. You'll have the understanding, skills and academic requirements to be an early childhood, primary or secondary teacher.
To become a teacher in New Zealand we have a range of pathway options available depending on your prior qualifications.
If you are a school leaver or don't already have a bachelors degree:
This qualification will lead you into a rewarding career working in either an Early Childhood, Primary, Kākano Rua or Secondary school. We offer options to complete your studies in Hamilton, Tauranga or via Mixed Media Studies (online and block courses).
The degree is designed for two type of student; those who know that they want to be secondary technology teachers, or those from the trades and industry, who need to become degree qualified to teach technology education. The ITE papers within this degree are the same as for the BTchg (secondary). The extra points within the degree come from study of papers in other faculties that build content for technology teaching.
If you have already completed a bachelors degree:
If you’re due to complete your undergraduate degree or you’re seeking a career change and already have a degree, consider a Graduate Diploma in Teaching. It takes one year to complete this programme.
The Master of Teaching and Learning (Primary, Secondary) is an intensive programme that prepares students with specialist skills and enhanced knowledge teaching in primary or secondary, or Māori medium kura or whārekura settings. It takes one year to complete this programme. This is a more intensive course aimed at high achievers, and requires a higher entry criteria. The advantage of completing this aspirational course is a higher starting salary when entering the teaching profession.