Education Major - Bachelor of Arts

Interested in learning and how it relates to culture, community, social media and social justice? We’ve all been to school and probably all have a view on education. The Bachelor of Arts in Education re-examines these views.

It’s a great pathway for a number of careers in fields involved in education policy or strategic development, or for further study to become a teacher. 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, international studies, Māori development, event management or languages.

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 perhaps add elective papers from another area of study.


This is part of the Bachelor of Arts.

Start date: 2019

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

Education papers

Papers you could take over your three years of study include:
EDUC503 Critical Questions in Education
EDUC504 Places and Learning
EDUC605 Learning, Diversity and Culture
EDUC607 Education, Resistance and Social Justice
EDUC608 Educational Psychology
EDUC710 Exploring the Horizons in Education
EDUC711 Contemporary Philosophies of Education
EDUC712 Alternatives in Education

The Education papers are organised into two strands:

Sociological focus

  • EDUC503 considers aspects of education in the past and how this explains issues in education today
  • EDUC607 focuses on concepts related to educational questions and issues of today, such as social justice
  • EDUC710 considers futures education and how the way we learn in and for a future world might be very different from today

Cultural focus

  • EDUC504 considers how place affects who we are and what we learn
  • EDUC605 focuses on learning in culture and community
  • EDUC608 takes a look at the psychology of education.
  • EDUC711 and EDUC712 assume a more 'big picture' of view of education

Elective papers

EDUC505 Understanding Young Children
EDUC506 Education, Careers and Employability
EDUC606 Learning and Subjectivity in an Age of Social Media
EDUC609 Childhood and Youth Studies

Studying education can prepare you for a range of careers. There's a direct pathway into teaching as you will qualify for the one-year Master of Teaching and Learning (Primary Teaching) which leads to teacher registration. If you have teaching subjects to the appropriate level in your BA (Education is not a teaching subject), you can apply for the Graduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching.

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

  • Social development work
  • Youth and community work
  • Marketing
  • Communications
  • Human resources
  • Advertising
  • The arts
  • Training and mentoring

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

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