Bachelor of Education (BEd)

Key facts

  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Some papers available in Block Mode. Pathways available for teachers
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What is it like?

Massey University's Bachelor of Education degree is one of New Zealand's longest-standing and most respected professional qualifications for teachers, tutors and educators.

The programme is relevant for practising teachers in early childhood settings, primary and secondary schools, in polytechnics and in other community-based educational settings.

Generous credit provisions are available for registered teachers seeking to upgrade their Diploma of Teaching to degree status.

Note: The Bachelor of Education degree is not a pathway to teacher registration. Students seeking registration as a teacher should hold an undergraduate degree and apply for a Graduate Diploma of Teaching qualification.

A bachelor's degree is the minimum qualification expected for today's teachers. The Massey University Bachelor of Education degree contributes to the enrichment of the learning environment and prepares its graduates for roles in leadership and management in the teaching profession.

Carolyn Weston
Bachelor of Education
Primary Teacher

“Each and every one of these papers have been useful in my work…”

I am a primary school teacher with around 23 years of teaching experience behind me. I never completed my Bachelor of Education as a first time student. This was a matter of some regret to me for both professional and financial reasons. Realising that the only way to complete my degree at this stage in my life was to take time off teaching and study full time, I applied for a TeachNZ Study Award. I was very fortunate to be given the award and had a very enjoyable time working with Massey advisors to choose the papers I needed to complete my degree. I ended up with a great selection of papers which really have been of huge benefit to my teaching. During Semester One I took the following papers - Assessment for Learning, Developing Early Numeracy, Educational Research Methods, and Language and Society in New Zealand. In Semester Two I did Educational Theory, Motivation and Learning, and Teaching Learners with Reading Difficulties.

I can quite honestly say that since being back teaching full time, each and every one of these papers have been useful in my work. I have a better understanding of the pedagogy of teaching and am able to apply both theoretical and practical aspects of my new learning to my work in the classroom and wider school community. I believe I am better teacher for having had nearly a full year out of the classroom. Being a learner and on the other side of the fence has given me insight as to the demands and expectations that we as teachers sometimes place upon our students. Providing plenty of foundation work / scaffolding, opportunities to interact and talk with other learners, time to digest and assimilate new ideas, and the opportunity to ask questions to clarify understanding are all things that I needed during my study time. I am much more conscious of the need to give my own students these same opportunities now.

I also have a hugely improved belief in my own ability to learn - much better self-efficacy as my Motivation and Learning paper taught me! I am now in a new teaching job, earning more, and am the Literacy Leader in my new school. I was very lucky to have won my study award and am very pleased that I chose to complete my study at Massey University.


A Massey University Bachelor of Education degree provides both national and international career opportunities for graduates and is a stepping stone to postgraduate study.

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