Primary Teacher Education

Engage. Influence. Inspire.

Have you got a talent for inspiring others, the drive to leave your mark on the world, and a determination to never settle for second best? Join the primary teaching workforce and you'll become part of a vibrant and rewarding profession, helping children develop an appetite for learning and a sense of their own potential.

Teaching is constantly evolving in response to New Zealand's shifting demographic makeup, innovation in science and technology, and the demands of an increasingly connected world. Rise to these challenges and your influence could set the course for young people's lives and inspire profound change.

In particular, we welcome more men into teaching, more teachers with a background in maths and the sciences, more teachers who kōrero Māori and teach in te reo Māori, and more teachers from Pasifika cultures.

So take ownership of your career path. Complete a teaching qualification and successfully become a primary teacher, and you could embark on a rewarding career with competitive pay and massive potential to be recognised for your achievements – both by the children you teach and by a diverse and dynamic profession.

Post-graduate qualifications

If you're interested in pursuing teaching as part of your post-graduate study, the Government is introducing post-graduate qualifications for entry to the teaching profession, in the compulsory schooling and early childhood sectors, and in English and Māori-medium.

Some masters qualifications are already available in primary and secondary teaching in English-medium, with more likely to be introduced in 2017 subject to programme and qualification approval by the Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand and the Committee on University Academic Programmes.

For further information about post-graduate qualifications in initial teacher education, visit the relevant provider.

We recommend you talk to registered primary teachers if you can – this can be a great help when making a decision to pursue a teaching qualification. To get in touch with someone, you can contact primary schools in your area and ask for an opportunity to speak with a registered teacher about their career and experiences in primary teaching – they'll be happy to help.

If you think there's a place for you in the future of primary teaching, your next step is to choose a programme of study.

Download the full primary qualifications guide here.
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Learn even more by reading our ‘FAQs’ section.

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