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.
- UC is ranked in the top 150 universities in the world for Education (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2018).
- 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.
Students intending to major in Education should take at least two of the three EDUC courses (30 points) in their first year:
- EDUC 101 Learning: People, Politics, Processes
- EDUC 102 Child and Adolescent Development
- EDUC 103 Education, Culture and Society
Those students wishing to attain a major or a 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 CHCH 101 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.
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.
Find out more about what you can do with a degree in Education.
See the School's website for up-to-date location details.
College of Education, Health and Human Development | Te Rāngai Ako me te Hauora
University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha
Private Bag 4800
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