Bachelor of Education

Student Profile – Rebecca Nicholson
For Rebecca, AUT was the catalyst for her discovery of Montessori, which fits perfectly with her educational philosophies. Read more of Rebecca's story.

Montessori Primary Teaching

Maria Montessori (late 19th and early 20th centuries) developed the Montessori philosophy which is used worldwide in education today.

Montessori education highlights the importance of adapting the child's learning environment to his or her developmental level, and the role of physical activity in absorbing academic concepts and practical skills.

Highlights of Montessori Education

  • Supports children individually to work in a prepared environment with specially designed materials that assist learning.
  • Students are presented materials by the teacher; the child is then free to develop and work at an individual pace.
  • Children of different ages (6-9 and 9-12 years old) are grouped together, allowing individuals to mentor and support each other.
  • Independence from the teacher is encouraged. Children choose the material they will work on, when, where and how. 
  • Children are viewed as being capable of self-directed learning and take a hands-on approach to learning.

What this specialty covers

This specialty was developed in conjunction with Montessori Aotearoa New Zealand and is designed to equip you with the skills, knowledge and attitudes you need to be an effective teacher in a Montessori primary setting.

 Year 1

295200    Taki Haere Mai
295201    Primary Professional Inquiry and Practice I
295113    Human Development and Learning I
295151    Mathematics I
295152    English
295114    Whanau/Family and Society
295150    Science
295158    Arts

Year 2

296262    Primary Professional Inquiry and Practice II
296260    Karanga Mai
295154    Mathematics II
295157    Technology
296252    Reading
295203    Health and Physical Education
295156    Social Studies
296227    Principles of Learning and Teaching

Year 3

297006    Primary Professional Inquiry and Practice III
297333    Research for Teaching
296226    Inclusive Education
296259    Montessori Mathematics - Primary*
297340    Montessori Philosophy and Curriculum*
297360    Montessori Language - Primary*
297361    Montessori Cosmic Education - Primary*
297334    Sociopolitical Perspectives in Education

 *These 4 papers (60 credits) do not qualify you to be a fully qualified Montessori teacher. You would have to do further study overseas for such a qualification. Often the New Zealand Montessori School will support such further study if deemed necessary for your practice

Montessori practicum experience

AUT has strong links with Montessori education settings and provide opportunities for you to spend your third year practicums, which are a part of the Professional Inquiry and Practice III paper, in Montessori primary settings.

Career opportunities

  • Graduates are eligible to apply for provisional teacher registration
  • Teaching in Montessori schools
  • Teaching in mainstream primary or intermediate schools
  • As Montessori is a worldwide movement, graduates may wish to pursue teaching careers overseas.

In support of the Treaty of Waitangi, AUT offers Nil Fee Te Reo Māori papers that can be taken as part of a Bachelor of Education at AUT.

Last updated: 18-Jun-2015 1.14pm

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.