Children and Learning Major - Bachelor of Arts

Interested in the development of children’s thinking? The Children and Learning major in the Bachelor of Arts prepares you for a range of careers working with children and youth.

Unique in New Zealand, the Children and Learning major is designed for those interested in the development of children’s thinking and understanding across several disciplines and from a range of cultural perspectives.

Because this major is part of the Bachelor of Arts, it’s easy to combine it with many other aspects of society and culture. Choose from majors in areas as diverse as education, social sciences, psychology and international studies. You can build your degree in a way that suits you – study either one or two majors, select from a wide range of minors or add elective papers from another area of study.


This is part of the Bachelor of Arts.

Start date: 2019

The major draws on a socio-cultural and constructivist approach to learning and development that views children as actively involved in meaning-making of their worlds.

To reflect the cultural diversity of our students, we explore the topic of children and learning from different cultural perspectives, including Western, Māori and Pacific frameworks. There are also opportunities for students from other ethnicities to reflect their cultural understandings.

Core papers

All students in the Bachelor of Arts complete core papers that cover effective communication, critical thinking and other transferable skills you'll need for your future career. For a list of core papers refer to the Bachelor of Arts overview.

Bachelor of Arts

Children and Learning papers

Papers you could take over your three years of study include:

It’s a great pathway for a number of careers in fields working with children and youth, or for further study to become a teacher.

The skills you develop in this major are valuable for a range of careers, including:

  • Child and youth work
  • Social work
  • Community services careers
  • Non-governmental organisations

It’s also good preparation for further study, which could lead to teacher registration.

Key features
  • Unique in New Zealand
  • A great choice if you’re interested in children and learning, but not sure you want to be a teacher
  • Includes workplace experience in Year 3
  • Tailor your degree to your career aspirations
See yourself as
  • Interested in the development of children’s thinking
  • Culturally diverse and interested in different cultural perspectives
  • Engaged, curious and inquiring

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