Educational Studies and Leadership

Arts internship

Education draws on a range of disciplines and seeks to understand how people learn and the role of education in human societies.

Qualifications

The College of Education, Health and Human Development offers the Certificate in Learning Support (CertLS) and an online programme. CertLS is ideal for anyone interested in working as a teacher-aide or education support worker, and is also suitable for parents who are assisting teachers or would like to do so. The Certificate may also be of interest as a first step for those considering a career in teaching.

This qualification provides graduates with the skills and knowledge to effectively support and facilitate children’s learning from early childhood through to secondary school education. All courses are offered online with supporting readings, weblinks, digitally recorded lectures and materials, in addition some courses will include on campus workshops.

This Certificate also provide you with transferable skills, such as:

  • working effectively and professionally with colleagues, children and parents.
  • digital literacy in planning, recording and communicating learning activities and progress.
  • supporting and facilitating learning in innovative and creative ways innovation.

For more information visit Certificate in Learning Support.

BA students can take Education as a major or minor. Students who major in Education can also progress to a masters or PhD in Education. Education courses can also be chosen in combination with other degrees.

Our three introductory (first year) Education courses are also offered by distance learning.

A BA in Education opens doors

Our graduates' knowledge, skills and dispositions ensure they can move on to many meaningful and rewarding careers and postgraduate study options.

Recent graduates have appied themselves purposefully in a range of ways, including positions with the Auckland City Art Gallery and the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority.  

See where a BA in Education has taken some of our recent graduates:

Learning opportunities

Our students have a wide variety of stimulating Education courses to choose from and from 300 level can opt to incorporate an internship into their degrees. Recent internships have included:

  • The Christchurch Arts Council
  • Ngai Tahu’s Aoraki Bound
  • Imagination Station Lego Play Centre
  • Katie Barlow's BA Internship Placement
  • Two local schools (not as teachers!), Ao Tawhiti Unlimited Discovery and Burnside High School
  • Rainbow Early Learning Centre
  • Canterbury Migrants Centre Trust

More information

The Programme Co-ordinator for BA (Education) can provide more information and advice. 

Kathleen Quinlivan

Associate Professor
Wheki 219
Internal Phone: 95619

Students who want to enrol in the Education Honours programme should first read the BA(Hons) regulations in The University of Canterbury Calendar. They should then make an appointment to discuss:

  • Their eligibility for the Honours programme
  • Their interest in particular courses and research topics
  • The appropriateness of these courses for future study or employment.

Ideally this should be done at the end of the year prior to studying the BA(Hons), to allow sufficient time to submit a pre-enrolment form by the due date.

Criteria for admission

The Head of the School of Educational Studies and Leadership makes recommendations to the Academic Board on the acceptability of candidates for the BA(Hons). Recommendations are based on the following criteria:

  1. Undergraduate record: Students are normally expected to have completed 56 points (two courses) at the 300 level in Education and to have an average grade of B or better in these courses. There is provision for students without such a record to undertake a qualifying course as prescribed by the Head of School.
  2. Capacity to benefit from the programme: Students need to gain approval for their selected courses from the Head of School.

Length of the degree

The course of study is typically one year full-time. Part-time enrolment is permitted provided that the course of study is completed within four calendar years from first enrolment.

Entry to the Counselling Programme

Students who are interested in applying for entry to the Counselling Programme should refer to the section “Entry to the MEd Degree with Certificate in Counselling” in the Handbook. BA(Hons) students who have successfully completed EDUC461 (Counselling and Psychology: Theory and Skills) are eligible to apply for entry to the MEd with Certificate in Counselling. For more information visit Studying Counselling at Canterbury.

Entry to the Child and Family Psychology Programme

Students who are interested in applying for entry to the Counselling Programme should refer to the section “Entry to the MEd Degree with Certificate in Counselling” in the Handbook. BA(Hons) students who have successfully completed EDUC461 (Counselling and Psychology: Theory and Skills) are eligible to apply for entry to the MEd with Certificate in Counselling. For more information visit Studying Counselling at Canterbury.

BA (Hons) schedule

The honours degree consists of four courses; one compulsory and three optional.

Compulsory courses:

EDUC480 Research project: A supervised research project on a topic chosen by the student. 

Some students may also be required to take two of the following 15 point research methods courses:

Semester one:
  • EDEM 693 Introduction to Methodologies and Ethics in Educational Research
  • EDEM 694 Between Groups Experimentation in Education
  • EDEM 697 Qualitative Research in Education
Semester two:
  • EDEM695 Single Case Experimentation in Education
  • EDEM 696 Educational Evaluation Research Methods
  • EDEM 698 Emergent Research Methodologies (Distance)

Optional courses:

Semester one:
Semester two:
Whole year:

Students may also take up to two courses from the MEd or other schedules, with approval of the Head of School of Educational Studies and Leadership.

Students are required to consult BA (Hons) Coordinator in selecting supervisors and topics.

More Information

For general advice or information email educationadvice@canterbury.ac.nz or phone 0800 VARSITY (827 748). For further details contact us:

Kathleen Quinlivan

Associate Professor
Wheki 219
Internal Phone: 95619

Azeen Tashakkor

Student Advisor
Postgraduate Student Advisor
Karl Popper 405
Internal Phone: 94247

The PGCertEd gives teachers, counsellors and other educational professionals the opportunity to improve their professional practice and examine critically significant issues in education. The certificate can be a pathway to the Postgraduate Diploma in Education and the Master of Education.

The courses in the PGCertTertTchg look beyond the focus of a specific department or knowledge area and consider academic practices from various disciplines. Throughout this programme, a process of shared inquiry and collaborative learning is used to explore participants’ teaching practices and their students’ understanding of learning.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching is designed to enable graduates to apply knowledge of research to teaching and learning, develop and justify a repertoire of teaching approaches and assessment practices, and evaluate and advance their teaching practices.

The PGDipEd is designed to give teachers, counsellors and other educational professionals the opportunity to improve their professional practice and examine critically significant issues in education. It generally consists of four courses totalling 120 points. Each specialist endorsement has different compulsory and optional courses:

An unendorsed pathway is also available.

Many students of the Postgraduate Diploma in Education make the choice to complete an additional two courses to be awarded the Master of Education. Some PGDipEd courses are exclusively available by distance learning options.

The MEd degree is designed to give teachers, counsellors or other educational professionals the opportunity to improve their professional practice, examine critically significant issues in education or undertake research in their fields of interest.

Specialist endorsements

The MEd has seven specialist endorsements. Each specialist endorsement has different compulsory and optional courses:

The Master of Education can be completed either by coursework or a combination of courses and thesis. Each specialist endorsement has different compulsory and optional courses which can be viewed in each endorsement brochure.

For more information and initial endorsement, inquiries email educationadvice@canterbury.ac.nz or phone +64 3 369 3333 to make an appointment.

Enrolment

Students wishing to enrol in the MA degree in Education should first read the MA degree regulations and the regulations for theses in the University Calendar. 

Entry Criteria

The requirements for enrolling in the M.A. degree are the same as those for the B.A.(Hons). Students are normally expected to have completed 56 points at the 300 level in Education and have an average grade of B or better in these courses.

Students who have graduated with a BA(Hons) degree may proceed to take an MA degree by completing a thesis (EDUC690). In this case, the MA may be awarded with Distinction or Merit, but not with Honours.

Approval for admission is granted through the Head of School.

Course Structure

This degree consists of Part I - typically the four courses comprising the BA (Hons) - followed by Part II, a thesis (EDUC690).

Students who have qualified for a BA (Hons) or equivalent with good grades may be admitted to the MA by thesis (Part II only) in that subject. The thesis is completed full-time in one or two years or part-time in up to four years (with the approval of the Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences).

Part I and II consists of 2.0 EFTS. Part I consists of four courses totalling 1.0 EFTS from courses EDUC 402 - 461. Part II consists of the thesis EDUC690. Students who have graduated BA (Hons) in Education may be admitted directly to Part II of the MA.

Students may also take up to two courses from the MEd or other schedules, with approval of the Head of School of Educational Studies and Leadership.

Length of course

The required four courses are normally taken in one full-time year, with an additional year for thesis research. Arrangements may be made for part-time study. Before embarking on a thesis, students should contact the programme coordinator and approach potential supervisors to discuss their interest in supervising a thesis in this field. Separate approval for thesis research must be obtained.

More Information

Contact us for further advice or information about studying for a Master of Arts in Education.

Kathleen Quinlivan

Associate Professor
Wheki 219
Internal Phone: 95619

Azeen Tashakkor

Student Advisor
Postgraduate Student Advisor
Karl Popper 405
Internal Phone: 94247

The Doctor of Education is a specialised doctorate designed for professionals in education, health sciences, and related fields. Built on a cohort model of inquiry, the Doctor of Education provides a structured, supportive, rigorous approach to doctoral study.

The Doctor of Education builds leadership and commitment, fosters scholarly excellence, and allows candidates to connect educational research with questions of professional practice, in particular, leadership.

The EdD is a 360-point programme. It consists of two parts: Part One – Research Portfolio (120 points) and Part Two – Thesis (240 points). Part One is completed by part-time study in Years 1 and 2. It requires candidates to be in a relevant professional role while undertaking their studies. Part One is led by a cohort team (usually comprising two senior academics), who oversee the completion of the key projects in the research portfolio. Candidates meet as a group with the cohort team three to four times per year, in intensive block sessions. While completing Part One, candidates also maintain contact with their supervisor(s).

Find out more here.

See our students in action in our