Careers in Education

Work with us to help our children and young people achieve their potential. You must be legally entitled to work in New Zealand before you can apply for a vacancy. We also offer a graduate policy analyst programme.

Working for the Ministry of Education

The Ministry of Education supports the education sector with advice, information and resources, as well as policy advice to government. We employ around 3,500 staff in our offices around the country, including around 1,600 in special education roles. Find out what kinds of people work at the Ministry, what benefits we offer and why working for the Ministry of Education could be a great career move for you. 

Why work at the Ministry of Education?

Available roles

At our Careers Centre (external link) you can search for current vacancies, load your profile and register to receive emails about positions you are interested in.

Graduate Policy Analyst Programme 2018/19

Apply now to be part of our Graduate Policy Analyst Programme. Applications opened 4 May 2017 an close 16 June 2017.

Applying for a job

Find out what happens when you apply for a job at the Ministry.

Jobs in teaching and school administration

Teachers and administrators are directly employed by schools, and schools advertise vacancies and manage their own appointment processes. If you are looking for a role in teaching, see the vacancies available in the Education Gazette (external link) .

Before you can teach in a New Zealand primary or secondary school, or teach at a supervisor level in an early childhood education service, you must be registered with the Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand (external link) .

TeachNZ (external link) has information about qualifying as a teacher, study grants for existing teachers, getting back into the profession and teachers with overseas qualifications.

Special education roles

The Ministry employs a range of special education professionals, including psychologists, speech language therapists, occupational therapists, special education advisors and physiotherapists around New Zealand. If you are interested in working in special education, you can find out more on the Careers in Special Education webpage

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