Faculty of Education and Social Work

Why choose the Faculty of Education and Social Work

We offer programmes in education, teacher education, social work and human services that develop the skills, knowledge and professional base to take your interest in working with people and turn it into a rewarding career.

About the faculty

The faculty was established in 2004 when the widely respected Auckland College of Education and the University of Auckland's School of Education amalgamated to become the Faculty of Education and Social Work. The faculty combines the strengths of both of these institutions giving us research-led expertise as well as almost 130 years experience as quality teacher and professional education specialists and almost 25 years experience in social services education.

We offer the total package when it comes to education. In addition to the undergraduate (pre-service) programmes, the faculty also offers postgraduate programmes, professional development opportunities, consultancy and support services for teachers, schools, principals and those in social services. We're with you every step of the way and have strong links with the community we serve. Very few education providers can boast the full-spectrum of services we offer.


Research-led learning and practical experience

You will study at a university with a first-rate research reputation and strong links between teaching, learning and research. You will learn from teachers who combine knowledge of the latest developments in their field with a passion for their work.

We also ensure you get opportunities to experience first-hand what it's like to work in schools, centres or social services agencies so you have a sound understanding of what your future career is actually like.


The University of Auckland

The University of Auckland is New Zealand’s leading university and is the only one ranked among the world’s top 100 universities by the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World Rankings of Universities. We are highly regarded for our quality programmes and our leading research.

Find out more about our national and international ranking.

Studying at the University of Auckland gives you access to the latest research and excellent resources. Graduating from the University of Auckland equips you with a reputable, internationally recognised qualification.


General Education

We recognise the value of being a well-rounded student. We are the first and only university in New Zealand to give students this opportunity through General Education.

The General Education programme has been designed to produce graduates with knowledge of fields outside their area of study. You'll be able to choose from a range of subjects and you'll be better prepared for the workforce with a broader range of critical thinking skills to complement your specialist knowledge.

You can search for the courses currently available for each degree in the General Education section of the main University website. Depending on your undergraduate degree or diploma or the campus you are at, you will take one or two courses from the General Education schedules.

Find out more about General Education


Supportive environment

We provide the tools and support to help you reach your goals during your time with us.

Take advantage of the resources, support and facilities available to you to ensure your enjoyment as well as success in your study.

Whether you are interested in teaching or social services, you'll have many opportunities to mix with like-minded people who are as passionate about the same profession as you are.

We also offer flexible study options for selected programmes, designed for people who do not live locally or who need to juggle work, family or other commitments with their study.

Find out more about our student support services