Education majors for the Bachelor of Arts
The Bachelor of Arts (BA) equips students with a number of important life skills, including an ability to communicate clearly, to think critically and creatively, to solve problems across a wide range of domains and to display general leadership qualities.
Education is a major in the Bachelor of Arts (BA) and provides an excellent foundation for a career in many fields including teaching, social policy, youth work and community services. Education is multidisciplinary and draws on history, philosophy, politics, psychology and sociology. It appeals to students interested in issues such as social justice, challenges facing young people, and our changing world.
The BA is offered by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.
BA in Education (EDUC)
Education is an academic and professional study which focuses on contemporary issues of direct concern to those working in a wide range of education services, including teachers. Education courses give you the knowledge and skills to understand and assess education theory, practice and policy issues. Staff teach courses linked to their own areas of research expertise in schooling and youth issues, educational psychology and counselling, education policy and theory, media and technology issues and young people, human development and behaviour, early childhood, Māori and Pacific education and more.
The study of Education will give you transferable knowledge, skills and understanding to make judgements about education and to analyse educational problems. In addition, the discipline provides a solid grounding for those interested in working in a wide range of people-related areas like youth work, professional training, community education and counselling.
Majors, Double-Majors and Minors
A major is the main area of study in a degree. Education can be taken as a double major with: Māori Studies, Psychology, History, Criminology, Sociology, Cultural Anthropology, Media Studies, Pacific Studies and many others. Major requirements vary so check on the FHSS website for degree information. Education can also be taken as a minor. Students can take up to two minors in the BA.
The subject requirements for a BA major in Education are as follows:
- EDUC 101, 141
- 40 points from EDUC 200-299
- 40 points from EDUC 300-399; and
- A further 20 points from EDUC 200-399.
Read more about a BA major in Education and the courses you can enrol in at Education.
BA in Education and Psychology (EDPS)
Students who complete an interdisciplinary major in Education and Psychology may be able to continue to postgraduate study in Education or Educational Psychology depending on the choices they make for their optional coursework in the majors.
The subject requirements for a BA in Education and Psychology are as follows:
- EDUC 141; PSYC 121 or 122; STAT 193 (or MATH 177 or QUAN 102)
- EDUC 243 and 244; PSYC 232; 15 further points from PSYC 200-299
- 20 points from EDUC 300-399; PSYC 325
- 15 further points from EDUC or PSYC 300-399.
Students cannot enrol in a double major in Education and Psychology (EDPS) and Psychology (PSYC) or Education and Psychology (EDPS) and Education (EDUC).
Read more about a BA major in Education and Psychology and the courses you can enrol in at Education and Psychology.
Read more about undergraduate and postgraduate study in Educational Psychology at the Educational Psychology Programme.
A degree in Education develops critical thinking, creativity, communication skills and equips graduates with knowledge and understanding to critically engage with educational and social issues. Many education graduates choose to go on to further study, including teaching qualifications (early childhood, primary, secondary, and adult literacy and numeracy).
Other choices made by education graduates include postgraduate study or employment in a variety of fields, including:
- Policy analysis
- Educational psychology
- Government and Iwi services
- Māori education
- Youth studies
- Community services and advocacy groups
Students intending to progress to postgraduate studies in education need to develop an appropriate study pathway, and are advised to contact the Student and Academic Services Office: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Faculty of Education offers the following postgraduate qualifications:
The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences offers the following postgraduate qualifications:
- Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Education
- Master of Arts in Education
- Graduate Diploma of Arts
- Postgraduate Diploma of Arts
How to find out more
For further information about courses in Education and Education and Psychology, contact the Faculty of Education.
Student and Academic Services office
Faculty of Education
Level 8, Murphy Building, Room 813
Phone: +64 4 463 9500
Psychology courses are taught within the School of Psychology, Floors 3, 4, 5 and 6, Easterfield Building.
School of Psychology - Te Kura Matai Hinengaro
Reception Level 6, Easterfield Building
Phone: 04 463 5373
For enquiries about the BA, contact the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Level 4, Murphy Building, Room 411
Kelburn Parade, Kelburn Campus
Phone: 04 463 5745
List of courses
The table below lists courses in the BA Education and/or BA Education and Psychology majors.
For more course information go to Course Finder and search under "Education":
100 Level courses
- EDUC 101 – Education, Society and Culture
- EDUC 115 – The Discovery of Early Childhood
- EDUC 116 – Understanding Young Children
- EDUC 141 – Human Development and Learning
- PSYC 121 – Introduction to Psychology 1
- PSYC 122 – Introduction to Psychology 2
- STAT 193 – Statistics for Natural and Social Sciences
200 Level courses
- EDUC 215 – The Early Years Debates
- EDUC 221 – Youth, Society and Education
- EDUC 222 – Educational Inquiry
- EDUC 223 – Education, Ethnicity and Culture
- EDUC 224 – Pacific Nations Education
- EDUC 243 – Learning and Motivation
- EDUC 244 – Issues in Child and Adolescent Development
- PSYC 232 – Research Methods in Psychology
300 Level courses
- EDUC 341 – Learning Environments
- EDUC 342 – Exceptional Learners: Special Education
- EDUC 343 – Youth and Life Challenges
- EDUC 321 – The Politics of Education
- EDUC 322 – Multi-ethnic Education
- EDUC 323 – Contemporary Issues in Indigenous Education Aotearoa
- PSYC 325 – Advanced Research Methods in Psychology