Faculty of Education and Social Work

Bachelor of Education (Teaching) - Teachers' Specialisation

Advance your teaching diploma to a degree qualification through our specialisation designed exclusively for working teachers. This degree qualification offers the opportunity for wider professional development and to go on to undertake studies at postgraduate level.

Quick facts

Length Equivalent to one year full-time study with part-time study options available.
Delivery Weekly face-to-face lectures and on-campus block courses at Epsom Campus, with some courses offered as flexible self-directed study or school-based.
Points per degree 360. Applicants may apply for up to 240 points' credit - leaving 120 points to complete (criteria apply)

Programme highlights

  • Eligible to apply for the Ministry of Education study awards.
  • Boost salary status to Q3 (criteria apply).
  • Some flexible delivery options including evening classes and online delivery so you can maximise your study opportunities while you work.
  • Courses are specifically designed for experienced teachers.
  • Opportunity to proceed to postgraduate studies.
  • Most teachers only need to complete eight courses to gain this qualification (criteria apply).


This is a great way to build on your existing experience to open up new opportunities. You’ll further develop your skills and have the opportunity to network with other professional educators as well as apply your newly acquired skills in your school, classroom or centre. In addition to advancing your career in education your salary may also move to Q3 status. This may also apply to teachers working in selected early childhood settings (e.g. kindergartens).


Updated tuition fee information is available at www.auckland.ac.nz/fees.

You may be eligible to apply for scholarships, University awards or Ministry of Education study awards available to help you pay for your study. For more information, visit www.auckland.ac.nz/scholarships.

Entry provisions for the teachers' specialisation


  1. To be admitted to this programme a student must:
  • have completed a New Zealand Diploma in Teaching or Trained Teacher’s Certificate (or New Zealand Qualifications Authority and Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand recognised equivalent)


  • be currently registered as a teacher in New Zealand


  • have been a practising teacher or teacher educator in New Zealand for at least two of the last five years.
  1. Students holding a qualification gained at an overseas institution may be required to provide evidence of language proficiency prior to admission into this programme.
  2. Admission to this programme is at the discretion of Senate or its representative.
  3. A student entering this degree under 1 above may apply for up to 240 points credit (leaving 120 points to complete).

Applying for credit


All teachers wishing to apply for such credit should:

  • indicate this on their application for admission or, if you have already submitted your application, contact 0800 61 62 63


  • attach evidence that they meet the requirements in 1 above as part of the Supplementary Information Form returned to the Faculty (see note below)

Successful applicants will have up to 240 points credited by the University.

Applicants who do not meet all three criteria in 1 above should refer to the Credit Regulations in the University of Auckland Calendar or contact the University of Auckland. An application fee will apply.

Note: Applicants who are interested in this programme but unsure of their eligibility should contact the Faculty of Education and Social Work Student Centre.

Phone: 0800 61 62 63
Email: education@auckland.ac.nz

Programme structure

Requirement: at least 120 points, including

Core Courses

  • At least 60 points from EDPROFST 222, 350, 355, 357, 358.

Elective Courses

  • Up to 60 further points from courses above Stage II listed in the Graduate Diploma in Education Schedule.

Optional Courses

  • EDCURRIC 220, 315, EDCURRM 220, 301, 320, EDPROFM 220, 320, EDPROFST 210, 310, 363, EDUC 318.
    Note: optional courses are subject to availability. Contact the faculty for more information.

Find out about the courses offered in 2016 (Not all courses are offered every year)

Further study

This programme is a pathway to study at postgraduate level, allowing you to maximise your career and salary prospects. You could go on to study at graduate or postgraduate diploma level and even continue to masters and doctoral level.


Application for Admission

To apply for Admission into this programme, go to Applying and enrolling