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Postgraduate Certificate in Education
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Education is a multidisciplinary field of study with a focus on three core areas: learning, child and adolescent development and health, and social and cultural studies.

Students of Education gain a thorough understanding of human development across the whole lifespan and of teaching and learning processes. A breadth of study takes you from discussion on sociological perspectives and social justice issues in education to the exploration of inclusive education, adult learning, adolescent well-being and more.

Why study Education at UC?

UC is ranked in the top 100 universities in the world for Education (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2017). 

Our intellectually challenging courses are designed to introduce students to in-depth, discipline-based knowledge of the social world as it applies to education. There are three broad streams of educational study offered at UC:

  • Learning: using the findings of behavioural science, cognitive science and new research into how the brain works, you will address questions such as how we learn, and what the necessary conditions for learning are.
  • Child and Adolescent Development and Health: explore the theory, concepts and processes of infant, child and adolescent development within multiple contexts. It also considers the impact of health on children and adolescents.
  • Social and Cultural Studies in Education: examine the broader social context in which educational systems operate, looking at factors such as history, politics, social class, ethnicity, gender, disability and inequality, and their impact on education.

No specific secondary school subjects are required as preparation.


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100-level courses

Students intending to major in Education should take at least two of the three EDUC courses (30 points) in their first year:

Those students wishing to attain a major or minor in Education also need to:

  • take at least one course from the area of psychology of Education, and
  • take at least one course from the area of socio-cultural studies of Education. 

For the up-to-date list of the courses in these categories, visit the Regulations for the Bachelor of Arts

Interested students can take the off-schedule course CHCH101 Strengthening Communities Through Social Innovation which complements Education courses and has links to community internships and partnerships.

200-level and beyond

Courses at 200-level address a range of critical and contemporary issues. 

Courses at 300-level teach scholarly methods of research and analysis. They address topics that include researching child and adolescent development, learning, socio-cultural issues, and theory and methods in education.

Further Study

Students who have completed the Bachelor of Arts (BA) with an average of B or better in Education will be eligible to apply for a number of postgraduate programmes in Education at UC, from honours through to doctoral level.

For graduates interested in a teaching career, the university offers the following initial teacher education programmes:

Graduates may also be interested in the Master of Computer-Assisted Language Learning, the Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, and the Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.

Career opportunities

Bachelor of Arts graduates with a major in Education have many and varied career opportunities available to them including work in government (particularly in policy), the education sector (public and private), commercial enterprises, social service agencies, health and rehabilitation, museums, counselling and voluntary organisations.

A major in Education can open the door to postgraduate study in research, Counselling, Health Sciences, Child and Family Psychology, and to Teacher Education programmes.

Find out more about what you can do with a degree in Education.

More information

School of Educational Studies and Leadership

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Postal address
College of Education, Health and Human Development | Te Rāngai Ako me te Hauora
University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand

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