Practice Pathway overview

Early childhood teacher training is practical and hands-on. Students build up experience and confidence working in early childhood centres weekly and through full-time placements. They’ll also get a good understanding of te Reo and tikanga Māori. This way of learning ensures our students graduate work-ready, and by the end of the programme, eligible to apply for teacher registration with the New Zealand Teachers Council.

Our Health Services programmes currently focus on diversional therapy, health promotion, mental wellbeing, and youth development. Our close links with the health, disability and community sectors, Tangata Whenua, and social and health care providers means that what we teach reflects the real challenges our communities face. Our staff provide students with industry-relevant support as many of them still work in the sector as consultants, mediators or volunteers.

Osteopathic training is supervised every step of the way by experienced osteopaths and in an environment which mirrors the workforce directly through the treatment of real patients at our fully functioning clinic on campus. Osteopathy students learn how to help everyone from young children to elderly people as well as develop strong clinical management skills.

Our Sport programmes cover a range of areas across the sector, and are taught by staff who teach, coach, and research in the fields of sport management, physical education, coaching, and sport and exercise science. With coaching, students will learn how to deliver great opportunities through sport for all ages within national and regional sport organisations, sports clubs, and schools. If interested in teaching physical education, they’ll learn how to design and teach physical education classes in primary and secondary school settings through our physical education major. Or with management, students will develop their strategic and organisational abilities, and work collaboratively on projects from events to marketing campaigns to developing a strategy for a sport organisation.

Explore your options

Programmes and study path

Start with a programme that suits your qualifications and/or experience, then progress to a level that achieves your goals.
New Zealand Certificate in Skills for Living and Working1Full-time for two yearsCareer opportunities will be developed individually, focusing on your individual preferences and strengths.
National Certificate in Mental Health and Addiction Support4Full-time for 40 weeksMental health and addiction support worker, District Health Board (DHB) mental health and addiction support services including mobile teams, maternal mental health, Kaupapa Maori Services, Pacific Services and Forensic Services, Residential carer: adult, maternal mental health and youth, Employment services
Diploma in Sport and Fitness Education6Full-time for two years or part-time options availableFitness instructor, Regional sports trust facilitator, Personal trainer, Secondary school sport coordinator, Community sport advisor, Sport administrator, Community sport coach
Bachelor of Health and Social Development (Diversional Therapy)7February: full-time for three years
July: full-time for three and a half years
Part-time options available (8 years)
Bachelor of Health and Social Development (Health Promotion)7Full-time for three years or part-time options availableFamily support worker, Health promoter, Population health advisor, Community health worker, Whanau ora navigator
Bachelor of Health and Social Development (Youth Development)7Full-time for three years or part-time options availableYouth centre manager, Youth Care facilities, Youth justice facilities, Community youth worker, Maori and Pasifika youth development services, Specialised youth development services, Youth Transitions
Bachelor of Sport (Coaching)7Full-time for three years or part-time options availableCoaching director, Fitness centre manager, High performance manager, Outdoor pursuit instructor, Personal trainer/fitness instructor, Player/athlete development manager, Professional sport coach, Sport development manager, Strength and conditioning coach
Bachelor of Sport (Management)7Full-time for three years or part-time options availableSport marketing coordinator, Sport facility manager, Sponsorship manager, Sport development manager, Event manager, Sport programme manager, Sport marketing manager
Bachelor of Sport (Physical Education)7Full-time for three years or part-time options availablePhysical education teacher, Community sport educator, Sport director, Sport coordinator, Community sport advisor, Education advisor for sporting organisations, Community physical activity educator
Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education)7Full-time for three yearsEarly childhood teacher, Head teacher in an early childhood setting, Home-based coordinator/educator, Manager in an early childhood education centre, Hospital play specialist, Nanny
Master of Osteopathy9Full-time for two yearsRegistered osteopath, Osteopathic education and research