Faculty of Education and Social Work

Bachelor of Education (Teaching) Primary

Being a primary or intermediate school teacher is a rewarding and enriching career. Through this degree qualification in primary teaching you will learn effective teaching techniques that are based on proven educational theories and informed by leading research.

Quick facts
3 years or 6 years part-time
Taught at
Points per degree 360
Start date
Semester One


  • Learn effective teaching techniques and theory about teaching and learning, and how to apply them in school and classroom settings.
  • Extensive practical experience in schools to give you real-life insight into what teaching is all about.
  • Develop knowledge of the New Zealand Curriculum and the eight essential learning areas.

What you'll learn

In the first year you will:

  • Be introduced to the study of education, the New Zealand curriculum and effective teaching practice.
  • Gain first-hand experience of teaching during your practicum.
  • Develop your knowledge and skills in the areas of literacy, numeracy and Māori language and culture.

In subsequent years:

  • You move on to more advanced study of education, gain more practical experience, continue to develop your knowledge of the curriculum and undertake one General Education course.
  • You will spend ten weeks in one school on practicum during your final year, which allows you a deeper insight into how classrooms are set up and to track changes in student performance over that year. This will allow a smooth transition from being a student teacher to a beginning teacher upon graduation from the University.
  • In your final year, you will also select three courses to study from a range of specialist education and curriculum options.

View the full list of courses for this programme, and find out more about practicum and assessment.

Career opportunities

You will be well qualified to teach new entrants through to Year 8 in New Zealand schools and overseas. You may also apply for teaching positions in secondary schools in areas such as reading and language support.

You will be eligible to apply for provisional teacher registration, have the opportunity to earn a salary at degree level and be able to network with other professional educators.

This internationally recognised degree qualification combined with the skills you have developed in organisation, planning and management are also desirable in alternate areas such as human resources, training or educational roles in a variety of organisations.

Further study

After completing a BEd(Tchg) degree you could go on to postgraduate study to further your knowledge and skills and to enhance your career and salary opportunties.

The faculty offers a wide range of options, including:

You could then go on to study at masters and doctoral level. See the Faculty of Education and Social Work Postgraduate Prospectus for more information.

*The PGDipEd includes an Early Career Teaching specialisation to support you in your transition from provisionally registered to fully registered teacher status. It also provides a fourth year of academic study that will qualify you for Q3+ salary status.

Application for Admission

To apply for Admission into this programme, visit Applying and enrolling.

English language requirements

Applicants who have English as an additional language and are not a graduate at degree level (Level 7 or higher) from a New Zealand or Australian higher education institution will need to provide an Academic IELTS assessment. The Academic IELTS assessment must have a minimum score of at least 7.0 or higher in each of the IELTS modules. If you have studied at secondary school in New Zealand for at least two years, and have achieved, Level 2 NCEA University Entrance literacy credits, you will be exempted from the ITE Academic IELTS requirement. For University Entrance literacy you must have eight credits (4 in reading, 4 in writing) if gained prior to 2014 else ten credits (5 in reading, 5 in writing) from 2014 onwards.

Further information is on the Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand website.

If you already hold a teaching diploma in primary teaching you may be eligible to apply for the Bachelor of Education (Teaching) Teachers' specialisation. Contact the Faculty of Education and Social Work for more information.

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Email: education@auckland.ac.nz