Bachelor of Education (BEd)

Key facts

  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Some papers available in Block Mode. Pathways available for teachers.
  • Not available for international students
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Focus on education

With the Massey Bachelor of Education you can focus solely on education issues that interest you without having to train as a teacher.

What is it like?

You’ll get lots of choice. The Bachelor of Education combines core papers that provide a solid foundation in education theory and practice, with the flexibility for you to explore your areas of interest from a broad range of perspectives.

Participate in the great debates

The range of issues in education is vast, yet you’ll be able to explore topics of your choice in depth. Whatever inspires you, your teachers will help you find new knowledge and information that will bring you to the cutting edge of the debate.

If you want to be a teacher

Please note that the Bachelor of Education doesn’t qualify you to be a teacher. If you Want to become a teacher?, please explore your options in our education pathways tool.

A good fit if you:

  • Are interested in early years education, special and inclusive education or teaching English to speakers of other languages
  • Don’t need or wish to complete an accredited teaching qualification
  • Want to upgrade your qualifications
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.


Most Massey Bachelor of Education graduates are already employed as qualified teachers in the early childhood, primary or secondary school sectors. Others work in the coordination, leadership, management and administration of education.

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