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Becoming a teacher in New Zealand
Ngā kōwhiringa ako ki te ako hei kaiako

Study options to become a teacher

Explore teaching programmes, study pathways, financial support and entry requirements
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A teaching student at a campus with their arms folded and smiling

Initial teacher education

Studying to become a teacher is both challenging and deeply rewarding, giving you the knowledge, skills and know-how to pursue a career in the classroom.  

You need to complete an initial teacher education programme with a recognised programme provider to become a qualified teacher in a New Zealand school, kura or early learning centre.  

There are a range of initial teacher education programmes where you can study to become a qualified teacher. Whether you want to stay within your community, need flexibility to study around work, family, or other commitments, or you have te reo Māori or Pacific language skills, there are programmes for you. 

Find a programme

Find out which qualification you need for the sector you want to work in: early learning, primary or secondary, and whether you want to teach in an English medium, Kaupapa Māori or Māori-medium setting.  

If you already hold a tertiary qualification, you may be eligible for a postgraduate teaching qualification. 

Initial teacher education programme and providers
Use the initial teacher education programme-finder tool to find the ideal programme for you. (Best viewed on a desktop or laptop)
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If you see a programme you’re interested in, contact the programme provider for more information about the qualification, its entry requirements and the application process. Keep an eye on the admission deadlines for the programmes you are interested in, so you can apply on time.

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