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 courses from another area of study.


This is part of the Bachelor of Arts.

Throughout your three years of studies you develop a sound understanding of education, as well as effective communication, critical thinking and other transferable skills you'll need for your future career.

Apart from the courses below you also need to complete courses from your second major, your chosen minor(s) or electives.

Core courses

All Bachelor of Arts students need to complete core courses that help you develop transferable skills and support your work in all other courses in the degree.

Academic Communication

Choose one of:

Culture and Society

Complete one course from each of the following clusters. Each cluster aligns with one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Education courses

Level 5 courses

Complete the following courses:

Level 6 courses

Complete the following courses:

Or any other level 6 course with the approval of the programme leader

Level 7 courses

Complete three of:

The Education courses 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
  • EDUC608 takes a look at the psychology of education.
  • EDUC711 and EDUC712 assume a more 'big picture' of view of education

Workplace experience

Workplace experience (Work Integrated Learning) is the final part of your degree and takes a full semester. This is a supervised work placement related to your major(s), for an organisation of your choice.

You complete the following course:

Students planning to programme into postgraduate study can also choose the course CLSY719 Foundations in Research.

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.

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