Thinking about teaching

Do you relate well to young people? Do you have a zest and enthusiasm for learning? Can you motivate others and be a leader?  Are you resilient and thrive on hard work? These are some questions to help you decide if a career in teaching is for you.  

Studying to be a teacher

Approved Initial Teacher Education (ITE) programmes of study will lead you towards a teaching qualification. With a teaching qualification you can teach in New Zealand early childhood education centres, schools (primary, intermediate and secondary) or kura (Māori medium or immersion).

Your ITE programme will fully prepare you for your teaching career with a mix of curriculum, learning and pedagogical theory, professional studies, practicum experiences and cultural studies.

The TeachNZ website has a search tool to help you choose an approved programme that suits you.You can also: 

  • find entry requirements to train as a teacher
  • find Māori and Pacific teaching options
  • use their search tool to help choose a programme that suits you
  • explore financial support and scholarship opportunities.

Make sure you are studying an approved programme that is recognised by the Teaching Council for registration purposes. When you complete your ITE qualification you can apply to the Teaching Council for registration and a practising certificate.

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Finding a teaching job

Schools and early childhood services are responsible for employing their own staff. There is no central staffing agency and no government department responsible for teaching staff placement.

Teaching positions are advertised in a range of ways including:

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