Study options in Education
Whether your passion is early childhood, primary, secondary or tertiary teaching, or adult education, our programmes will help put you on the path to a meaningful career, with a recognised qualification and real-world experience.
Educators are at the heart of building confident children and strong, positive communities. Now more than ever, the world needs dedicated educators who enjoy helping people of all ages develop to their full potential.
“I want to become a qualified teacher, to have more knowledge to support children in early childhood, That's the purpose I wanted to pursue. Early childhood education is regarded as a key factor in a child's growth development and shaping their futures. I chose this course because I feel like I can make the world and society better for future generations.
The support from the teachers and my centre teachers to actively help me with this course, and help with assignments, has been the best part of my student journey at MIT. I feel like I have a lot of support, and without them, I couldn't reach where I am right now.
I'm originally from China, a lot of students studying are from different cultures and backgrounds. MIT accepts everyone and they give everyone equal education, and I think that’s unique. There are not too many male students in the class, I feel really proud of myself to be one of them.”
“We have early childhood programmes from level four to level seven, including a 6-month certificate, a one-year diploma, and a three-year bachelor of education. All are field-based, which means students are learning in centres as well as in our classrooms, - this is almost like doing a practical job interview. Centres can't wait to employ our students, so they often get snapped up and employed well before they finish.
What's beneficial about the suite of programmes we have in early childhood is, students who potentially haven't enjoyed school, or maybe didn't attain the required NCEA literacy credits or UE, there are still other pathways for them into the programmes. There are lots of alternate ways that we can assist students to help them pursue ECE.
So, if you're thinking of studying early childhood education, if you’re passionate about working with children, and if you're passionate about pursuing a career that leads to practical job skills, then MIT is the place for you. We have classes, you're not sitting in a lecture theatre with 100 other people. We want to personalise your learning journey. Part of that is getting to know you well, but also having the opportunity for you to know us too.
What I love about the school is a lot of our teachers are graduates of our program. I'm a graduate of the early childhood program. I came back here because I love this place. You really develop a sense of belonging here that this is your place. Many of the team have studied here, they're always researching, finding the best ways of teaching, engaging the community, making sure they are staying current and active as well as teaching subjects they are passionate about. I think that's a big drawcard for any student who would want to come to MIT because we want to be able to provide them with not only the best experience but the best teaching.”
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“I have a passion for working with children. I have worked with children for a while and I thought getting qualified would give me more knowledge and techniques to do better in my job. I also have children and this journey has really helped me to become a better person as well.
I thought MIT would be the best choice for me because I was close to home and it turns out it was the best choice that I made. The support is amazing. The lecturers are very approachable, the environment, the people that you work with, it's got a very family approach. I love it. The lecturers are always there when you need them. They're always there to guide you, nurture you, and send you in the right direction.
What I enjoyed the most here is getting to work together with my group, my peers, we get a lot of interaction. We help each other a lot. I didn't have that support before and I'm really glad that I have chosen MIT.
MIT is very hands-on, so when you finish here there's not much change or difference when you go into the workplace. You just fit in because you've already gained the knowledge and what is happening in the field because of what you've already done in the classroom. I just blend in with all the other qualified teachers, because that's what MIT has equipped me with. You will never be supported as much as this place.
This qualification will take me anywhere. My dream job is to become a tertiary lecturer. I know this qualification will take me there because of what I have learnt from the lecturers. They give me so much support, they give so much energy, and the knowledge is just impeccable. I know it will take me a long way, I have no doubt.”
“I'm a stay-at-home mom of six children. I spent a lot of time in the education system with my own children and had the opportunity to come and do relieving at the centre where I work now. After working there for 18 months the other teachers there recommended that I become qualified, partly because it was better for my practice to have that knowledge because I could then cover qualified staff members as well.
Being at MIT doing this degree has really helped me. It's given me the confidence to pursue my practice and share my knowledge with others.
My biggest challenge that I had to overcome was probably time management. I still have children at home, our own business, and I still work. Fitting in study was quite challenging for me in the beginning, but the support from the lecturers and my classmates have made it a lot easier.
The thing that I've enjoyed the most about my journey with MIT is the relationships. I'm one of the oldest in my class, but that hasn't made any difference, everyone has been really supportive and encouraging, including the lecturers.
The flexible study options offered at MIT have been really invaluable. Being able to attend class but also do them online if need be, and being able to be in contact with the lecturers all the time.
I think the best thing about a career in early childhood is the children. I absolutely love working with them, they teach me something new every day. It's pretty hard to have a bad day when you're working with kids because they always make you laugh.”
"My experience at MIT has been really cool. The lecturers were helpful and supportive. My favourite thing about MIT would be the hands-on placements we did. I got to go into different centres and get proper work experience.
My advice to anyone looking to study would be just hang in there. It's worth it in the end, and you deserve it."
“Before I started studying I was working for Air New Zealand at the International Airport as a Load Foreman.
My wife chose MIT and encouraged me to apply after I missed out on being accepted by Auckland University. I love MIT because they have given me my second chance to help my family and give back to my community here in South Auckland.
MIT is unique and different because it is based in South Auckland. I love the free car park for students!
MIT will help in any way to get you where you want to go, it is very welcoming, and the staff are very friendly. It is a very hands-on experience which I love because we get to put theory into practice, from day one.
I want to help children have a better future in education.
Come and help, come and stay, come and belong!”
"I was on maternity leave after working at the same company for 11.5 years. I had always wanted to be a ‘great teacher' and as a migrant in this country, I wanted to learn more about this amazing Kiwi culture to embed it into my whānau and my life.
My friends encouraged me to study at MIT. The lecturers here are amazing. I have never met lecturers that are so enthusiastic. I love the ako in our classrooms and the diversity of our lecturers who bring fun, wisdom and knowledge to our classroom. The best part is the way they encourage student relationships with each other. I value my classmates and we are an amazing team together.
It is an eye-opening experience working alongside an Associate Teacher. Assisting and engaging with the Tamariki is the highlight of my week. If you want adventure in a classroom, excitement from engaging with the Tamariki, and linking your theory to your school-based learning, nothing beats that. I am already building lasting relationships with my principal, the teachers and the students.
I encourage you to come along and be a part of this great course.
Go for gold, it is the best place.
MIT will change your life."
"Being a teacher is something that I have always been inspired to be. It gives me an opportunity to give back and create a safe and nurturing space for all students – something I had missing in my early stages of growing up.
I chose the Primary Pasifika course because as a pākehā I have noticed there is not enough cultural awareness within schools, we need more of it. This course provides an opportunity for us to deepen and enrich our understanding and create a safe space for students to bring who they are into the classroom, and not leave their culture at home.
MIT provided the exact course I was looking for – ticked all the boxes and exceeded well above my expectations. This course provides a hands-on approach to learning. I know I will be a great teacher because of it.
What I also love is the community they have built and the ongoing support and encouragement they give to help us achieve, not because they have to, but because they want to. They support us every step of the way and treat us not just as a student but as part of their whānau. I can't think of any other place that would provide this much support.
We need more Primary Pasifika teachers; it does not matter where you come from if you have the opportunity to change a life and make a difference in this world for our tamariki, take it.
Be brave, be bold, our tamariki need you more then you realise.”
“I chose to study the graduate certificates in activity based learning and applied e-Learning at MIT because the programmes were very relevant to my teaching.
I was able to apply the knowledge and skills I learnt in the classroom environment which benefited the students. The courses were flexible with part-time or full-time options and online which meant I could manage the study around my work commitments.
The lecturers were very supportive and always available to help you be successful in your study.
The courses provide both an understanding of the underpinning theories and approaches and practical experiences in the classroom with the students.
It has made my teaching more intentional and I have a deeper understanding of the approaches I use.
The students benefit from the knowledge and skills I gained during my study because I am able to create an environment that actively engages them in the learning process.”