Do you already hold a bachelor’s degree and want to become a teacher? Postgraduate study in initial teacher education is new to New Zealand, and AUT is one of the places where you can study this one-year professional qualification to become a teacher.
You study the curriculum and education theory to be a successful primary or intermediate teacher. The programme includes a practicum of two days per week for 20 weeks and 12 full weeks as well as a research project. There's a focus on future-oriented education, and you'll be equipped to teach and prepare children to live in a future world.
This is an intensive programme that involves two days each week (Monday and Tuesday) in a partnership school and two days (Thursday and Friday) at the university. On Wednesday there is a mix of university activities and visits to other school contexts.
The programme covers
Teacher identity and resilience
Working with M?ori, Pasifika and students with special needs
Learning te Reo M?ori and some basic Samoan language
The teaching as inquiry cycle
A research inquiry project focused on working with priority learners.
Papers you study
EDCR801 Ako: Teaching and Learning
EDCR802 The Responsive Teacher in Aotearoa New Zealand
EDCR803 Curriculum and Assessment
EDPT801 The Adaptive Teacher
EDUC901 Teaching as Inquiry
EDUC902 Critical Reflection on Practice
For 12 weeks student teachers will be on a sustained period of practicum in a partnership school (5 weeks in semester 1 and 7 weeks in semester 2) working with a professional learning mentor in the classroom.
Partner schools include
Belmont Primary School
Birkdale North School
Epsom Normal Primary School
Hobsonville Point School
Murrays Bay Intermediate School
Papatoetoe West Primary School
Graduates can apply for provisional registration with the Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand and teach in a primary or intermediate classroom.
Holding a master's degree in teaching and learning will be an advantage in the current competitive employment market.
Graduates planning to continue with postgraduate study should note that this qualification doesn't automatically lead to doctoral study. You will be required to complete additional study in a research methodologies paper at master's level.
A bachelor’s degree with a B+ grade average or higher in level 7 papers, preferably including education papers
Applicants with overseas qualifications must have these assessed by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) as equivalent to a New Zealand level 7 bachelor's degree or above.
English Language Requirements:
All applicants must ensure they meet Education Council requirements for English language proficiency prior to admission to the programme.
Students whose first language is not English must have:
IELTS (Academic) with a band score of 7.0 in each component OR
A level 7 degree from a New Zealand or Australian University OR
Two years of college in New Zealand and UE literacy at level 2 NCEA with 5 credits in reading and 5 credits in writing
No admission until IELTS scores are evidenced.
TOEFL iBT score of 100; GIE with A grade; CAE minimum overall score of 185; PTE minimum overall score of 65.