Teaching – Secondary

Secondary Teaching is about training as a secondary (high school) teacher.

High school is where teenagers develop skills in, amongst other subjects, math, english, science, social sciences, and prepare for tertiary education or work.

Training as a secondary teacher involves studying how teenagers learn things, teaching methods and classroom management techniques.

This usually includes teaching experience (with real students!).


* Asterisked subjects below are not Bachelor-degree majors; instead they are year-long graduate diplomas or Masters that when taken following a degree in another subject area serve as a teaching qualification equivalent to a conjoint Bachelor degree (teaching degree with another degree), as for the non-asterisked Teaching majors below.

NZ university majors related to this area

Though in the same subject area, they may be very different.

Examples of career opportunities

Most entail additional learning (lifelong learning!), and some require registration.

  • High school teacher
  • Special education high school teacher
  • Adult literacy teacher
  • Polytechnic teacher
  • Education policy analyst
  • Academic

Income and employment prospects


134% of national
median earnings


Further study
Other or unknown

Figures based on young domestic graduates 5 years after graduation. Source: Ministry of Education.

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