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Community Development

Welcome to the Practice Pathway group of Community Development. We teach a range of programmes in Early Childhood Education, Osteopathy, and Sport, and we’re committed to making a positive difference in the health and wellbeing of the communities we serve.

We provide students with not only the theory but the practical expertise required to have a better career in their chosen field. Our staff are passionate about interactive learning experiences with a core focus on being education leaders in their respective fields.


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.

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 exercise, they’ll learn how to design and deliver exercise programmes to a wide range of people and groups. Or with community recreation, students will develop the skills required to integrate and facilitate the implementation of a wide range of initiatives to meet community sport and recreation objectives.

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 Working 1 Full-time for two years Career opportunities will be developed individually, focusing on your individual preferences and strengths.
New Zealand Certificate in Exercise 5 Part-time over one year Personal trainer/fitness instructor, Gym Instructor, Recreation Centre Staff Member, Health and Wellness Coach
New Zealand Certificate in Sport Coaching 5 Part-time over one year Special event co-ordinator, Professional sport coach, Sport coordinator, Health and Wellness Coach
New Zealand Certificate in Sport and Recreation (Community Development) 5 Part-time over one year Recreation Centre Staff Member, Community Development Adviser, Health and Wellness Coach
New Zealand Diploma in Sport, Recreation and Exercise (Multi-Sector) 5 Full-time for one year, part-time for two years Personal trainer/fitness instructor, Special event co-ordinator, Sport administrator, Professional sport coach, Sport coordinator, Gym Instructor, Recreation Centre Staff Member, Community Development Adviser, Health and Wellness Coach
Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) 7 Full-time for three years Early 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 Osteopathy 9 Full-time for two years Registered osteopath, Osteopathic education and research