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Teacher Education

Education is an exciting, dynamic and fulfilling field to be in. The employment pathways and opportunities within education are vast and include, but are not limited to, teaching in early childhood, primary and secondary school and church settings both in New Zealand and overseas. Early childhood, primary and secondary teachers are in high demand in Aotearoa New Zealand and are featured on the government’s 2019 regional Skills Shortage List. It’s a great time to become a teacher! If you enjoy working with young people to inspire in them a love of learning, come and see us about studying in one of Laidlaw College’s three education programmes.


Bachelor of Education (Primary)*

This three-year professional degree is approved by the Teaching Council of New Zealand and focuses on uniquely preparing students to teach in primary, intermediate and middle schools in New Zealand and worldwide. If you enjoy working with young children aged 5 to 14 years of age, the Bachelor of Education (Primary) may be for you. 

Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary)*

This one-year graduate diploma is approved by the Teaching Council of New Zealand and focuses on preparing students with a prior undergraduate qualification to teach in intermediate, middle and secondary schools in New Zealand and worldwide. This qualification will suit people who are excited by the idea of working alongside teenaged students and already have a Bachelor’s degree qualification.

Diploma in Christian Education

This one-year diploma offers a flexible pathway into the Bachelor of Education (Primary) degree or can be a standalone qualification for those working with children in churches, kindergartens or in a wide variety of careers. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds who have a desire to work with children in a way that integrates faith with professional teaching practice.

*An application for approval of this degree programme is currently pending NZQA and TCANZ approval and accreditation