What types of Teacher Education programs are available?
If you have not yet completed a bachelor's degree, you should apply for the Bachelor of Education, which is usually four years. If you already have a bachelor's degree (in an area other than education), you can choose from the following programs:
Graduate Diploma of Education – 1 year
Bachelor of Education–Graduate Entry – 1.5 to 2 years
Master of Teaching – 1.5 - 2 years
All programs are available for primary or secondary teaching. Not all programs are available at all universities.
What is the difference between a one and a two year program?
The difference is due to different regulations required to become teachers in each state of New Zealand, just as there are different requirements in the provinces of Canada or in the States of the U.S. The different program lengths reflect each state’s requirements for their teachers. We recommend you consider the program that best fits with your Provincial Teacher Registration or State Teacher Registration requirements for ease of transfer back to Canada or the U.S.
Do the programs include a teacher practicum?
Yes, all of the Teacher Education programs include lengthy practicum experience ranging from 40 to 100 days depending on the program and may also provide the opportunity for practicums in other countries, including South Africa, Fiji, China, and Malaysia.
Can I stay in New Zealand and teach after I complete my program?
Yes, you will be qualified to teach in the state or country in which you have completed your program.
Will the program transfer back to Canada or the U.S.?
A teaching qualification from New Zealand will allow you to register as a teacher in Canada or the U.S. To learn more about the registration process, we recommend you contact your Provincial College of Teachers or the Education Board in your state. Canadians, click HERE for links to information about the transferability of programs.
How much does a Teacher Education program cost?
Tuition costs range from CAD/USD 13,000 – 22,000, depending on your choice of program. We recommend you allow an additional CAD/USD 15,000 to cover living costs.
What is the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) Assessment and how will that affect my application?
With the exception of University of Auckland and University of Canterbury, for any student considering a teacher education program at a New Zealand university, the NZQA assesses your undergraduate degree to ensure it is of the same standard as a degree in New Zealand. In most cases the assessment can be completed at any time during your teacher education program.