Bachelor of Education ([Specialty] Teaching)

Prepare yourself for a career in early childhood or primary/intermediate education, and learn from staff who are passionate about teaching.

Teachers play an essential role in motivating, inspiring and educating the people who will go on to shape the future of our society. This teacher education degree includes 25 weeks of teaching placements, so you can get first-hand experience in the workplace and graduate with confidence in your skills.

You can apply for TeachNZ scholarships to support your studies.

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Minimum entry requirements

If you have New Zealand qualifications

*You can't use Discretionary Entrance to gain admission to this programme.

If you have qualifications from another country

See entry requirements for students from other countries. Select your country from the dropdown menu.

Teaching Council requirements

You also need to successfully complete the compliance checks below before you can start your studies:

After you have applied to study at AUT, we will send you a link with more information about these Teaching Council compliance requirements that need to be successfully completed.

This process can take approximately 6 weeks as some of the compliance checks take time.

Preferred New Zealand school subjects

Language rich subjects, art and design subjects, languages, mathematics subjects, Dance, Digital Technologies, Drama, Health Education, Physical Education.

Specialties in the Bachelor of Education ([Specialty] Teaching)

Each semester students complete a teaching placement, as well as the courses below.

Year 1

In your first year you choose to study teaching for either:

  • Early childhood education or
  • Primary and intermediate schools

All students complete

*Te Reo Māori and Tikanga courses include classes at Ngā Wai o Horotiu marae at the City Campus.

Early Childhood Teaching students complete

Primary Teaching students complete

Year 2 and 3

For courses in Year 2 and 3 refer to the page for the Bachelor of Education specialty you're interested in.

Students wishing to have their qualification endorsed with the Pacific specialty will need to complete the following two practicum courses at a Pacific early learning service or primary/intermediate school:

Early Childhood Teaching practicum courses

Primary Teaching practicum courses

Pacific speciality

If you want to specialise in working with Pacific students, you also need to complete the following courses:

Skills you will develop

The outcomes for graduates of the Bachelor of Education are outlined in the Graduate Profile below.

Graduate Profile

Other undergraduate study options

This is a great option if you're interested in education but aren't sure you want to become a teacher.

Secondary teaching programme

To become a secondary school teacher you need to complete a bachelor's degree, followed by the Graduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching.

Sona Patel
Rhoda Habtom Tesfazghi
Taania Williams
Chia Ngo Aye Phuting (Jessica)
Quick facts
Programme code:
3 years full-time / part-time available
North Campus
South Campus *
* Primary Teaching only
3 Mar 2025

Key semester dates
$7,926 - $9,618 (for 120 points)
($6,780 -8,472 tuition fees + $1146 student services levy)
$33,746 (for 120 points)
($32,600 tuition fees + $1146 student services levy)
  • Fees shown are based on a full-time workload for the points indicated next to the fee. The exact fee charged will depend on which courses you select at the time of enrolment.
  • Fees are subject to change year to year. If you are planning for study beyond the current year, fees may vary from those stated.
  • There may also be other fees and charges you need to pay.
  • International students' tuition fees reflect the full cost of tuition. Domestic students' tuition fees are less due to a proportion of the tuition fees being funded by the New Zealand Government.
  • Fees-free study may be available for domestic students


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