Faculty of Education and Social Work

Bachelor of Education (Teaching) - Primary Specialisation

Find out what is involved in this degree and how it will be assessed.

Programme courses

This programme consists of 360 points. Each course is worth 15 points unless stated otherwise.

In the first year, students complete the following courses (120 points):

  • EDCURRIC 101 - Arts Education Primary
  • EDCURRIC 102 - Language and Literacy Education Primary 1
  • EDCURRIC 104 - Primary Mathematics and Statistics Education 1
  • EDPRAC 101 - The Professional Teacher Primary 1 (practicum)
  • EDPROFST 100 - Hāpai Ākonga
  • EDUC 118 - History and Society in New Zealand Education
  • EDUC 119 - Development, Learning and Teaching
  • One course from the General Education schedules available for this programme.

In the second year you will need to complete the following courses (120 points):

In the third year, you will need to complete the following courses (120 points):

  • EDCURRIC 202 - Languages and Literacy Education Primary 2
  • EDPRAC 305 - (30 points) Practicum: Enabling Achievement Primary
  • EDPROFST 305 - The Reflective and Ethical Teacher
  • EDUC 321 - Politics, Philosophy and Education
  • and choose three courses from the range of electives offered for this programme




You spend approximately 20 weeks over the three-year programme on practicum, observing and teaching classes in a range of primary schools. Practicum is critical to understanding what it’s really like to be in a school and to teach.

This is an opportunity for you to observe a range of teaching approaches, practise your own skills and discuss relevant issues with practising professionals.

The practicum programme is a collaborative partnership with a consortium of schools. You are placed in a minimum of three different schools over the programme to experience a range of schools - from decile one to ten - and a range of class levels - from Years 1 and 2 (five and six year olds) to Years 6, 7 and 8 (ten to thirteen year olds).

Initially, you may observe small groups and work with individual children. As your skills develop, you will work alongside experienced teachers, teach small groups and take responsibility for a whole class for selected lessons. Practicum will build up in the third year to feature a more extensive, longer practicum placement with you taking full responsibility for a class.

While in schools, you have the support of an associate teacher. Associate teachers are responsible for modelling classroom practice, providing opportunities for students to teach, giving feedback and assessing some school-based components of the programme.

A faculty lecturer will also visit you to support your development as a teacher, and to provide feedback.

These placements are available in selected schools across Auckland (and Northland for Tai Tokerau Campus students) and will be spread across the school year. You must be prepared to travel to schools and at your own cost.

First year practicum involves two (fulltime) placements, typically:

  • One week in the first semester.
  • Five weeks in the second semester.


You’ll be assessed through assignments, practical work experience in schools and examinations. Grades are awarded on an A+ to D- scale, except for practicum, which is graded with a pass/fail.

A variety of assessment tools are used including group work, tests, seminars, exams, essays, units of work including teaching resources and assessment tasks. The use of information and communication technology (ICT) is incorporated into many of the assessment tasks.