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Bachelor of Teaching

Teaching at the University of Waikato is a qualification that sets you up to become a skilled and reflective teacher. We produce qualified teachers who are in high demand both in New Zealand and around the world.

Bachelor of Teaching

Teachers are influential community members, making a difference to young people and their learning, knowledge and skill acquisition. They play a major role in helping their students develop their independence and success in their lives.

As a graduate of this programme you will be among the best prepared teaching graduates and highly regarded by education employers, within NZ and overseas. You'll have the understanding, skills and academic requirements to be an early childhood, primary or secondary teacher. You'll be eligible to apply for a provisional practicing certificate, and after two years of full time teaching be granted a full practicing certificate with the New Zealand Education Council. 82% of recent teaching graduates are in employment.

At the University of Waikato:

We consistently place in the top 100 for education in the international QS subject rankings, which assesses more than 800 universities across the world. In 2016 we were ranked 51st.

Our staff are dedicated to inspiring the next generation of teachers and improving classroom practice and conducting research inquiry of their own in their specialist areas.

We have:

  • 50+ years of teacher education
  • a wide variety of programmes
  • a small student to staff ratio
  • school  experience from the first day of your degree, right through until your final year
  • Strong partnerships with schools and ECE centres with work in schools designed to meet needs of both the schools and curriculum requirements
  • high quality staff and teaching
  • flexibility to find a study pathway that suits your lifestyle - whether that's on campus in Hamilton or Tauranga or online via our MMP programmes
  • access to the latest research via Institutes attached to the faculty
  • exchange programmes with the National Institute of Education, Singapore and VIA University College, Denmark

Scholarships available: TeachNZ

Undergraduate degrees (BTchg)

Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education)

Prepare yourself for a career working in a variety of early childhood settings with children from birth up to six years old. Gain theoretical and practical experience as you learn about all the aspects of Te Whariki – the Early Childhood curriculum. It's an integrated programme with seven major themes: bicultural development; cultural diversity; equity and social justice; inclusion; parents and whanau; transition to school; and infants and toddlers.

Location: Hamilton, Tauranga (Windermere campus)
Start date: February and July
Note: there is a Ki Taiao degree option if there is sufficient demand

Bachelor of Teaching (Primary)

Prepare yourself for a career in primary, intermediate and middle schools or kura, working with children from five to 13 years old. You'll gain a solid foundation in all aspects of the New Zealand curriculum. You'll also learn about professional and ethical practices, child development, issues that face teachers and learners with special needs, teaching children from diverse backgrounds, classroom mangement, environmental education for sustainability, and the wider contexts of school, community and national systems. On practicum, you'll take an active role in the classroom under the guidance of an associate teacher. This includes a minimum of one day per week in the first year of your degree, a six week block in second year and an eight week block in third year. During your degree you'll experience different types of schools and work with a range of age groups.

Location: Hamilton, Tauranga (Windermere campus), Mixed Media Presentation (MMP)
Start date: February only

Bachelor of Teaching (Primary – Kākano Rua)

He Tohu Pouako Paetahi (Kura Tuatahi) tēnei e toro atu ana ki ngā tāngata e hiahia ana ki te whakaako tamariki i roto i ngā hōtaka arareo Māori, taumata 1 me te 2, ki roto i ngā kura tuatahi me ngā kura takawaenga. Ka taea hoki ngā manu taiko o tēnei hōtaka ki te whakaako i roto i ngā kura auraki.

E tuwhera ana tēnei ara ki ngā tāngata e ngākaunui ana ki te mātauranga Māori me te tautoko i te whānau o ngā kura. Ko te kaupapa Māori te tūāpapa mō ētahi o ngā pepa nei. Me matatau te kaitono ki te reo Māori ahakoa tōna iti, engari i reira te kaikā ki te whakapakari ake i roto i ngā pūkenga ki te kōrero, ki te pānui, ki te tuhituhi.

Me ū te kaitono kia pakari ake tōna reo.

An area of national demand, prepare yourself for teaching in English language, bilingual and total Maori immersion settings. Students follow the BTchg Primary programme and take papers that examine Te Marataunga o Aotearoa and the teaching and learning of te reo Maori. For entry, a level of proficiency to Level 2 NCEA Te Reo Maori is required – conditions apply.

Location: Hamilton, Tauranga (Windermere campus), Mixed Media Presentation (MMP)
Start date: February only

Bachelor of Teaching (Primary – Mixed Media Presentation (MMP))

Suitable for people living in regions where it would be difficult to attend the University of Waikato campus. The programme includes the same core papers available in BTchg (Primary) on-campus students, however learning is conducted primarily online, with some face-to-face meeting on-campus in Hamilton in February, June and August. Practicum experience occurs at a base school in your local community, supervised by an associate teacher, creating the opportunity to observe and participate in teaching on a regular basis. In addition, two practicums will also be completed at two different schools, working with different age groups.

Location: Mixed Media Presentation (MMP)
Start date: February only
Additional requirements:  You will need to have a certain level of computer literacy

Career opportunities

  • Corporate Trainer
  • Education Policy Analyst
  • Learning Consultant
  • Primary, Intermediate or Secondary School Teacher
  • Recruitment Adviser
  • Social Worker
  • School Counsellor

Key information

Study Locations Hamilton; Tauranga; Online
Faculty Te Kura Toi Tangata Faculty of Education
Years 3
Points 360
Domestic Fees $5,879 per year
International Fees $22,790 - $26,730 per year

Subjects

These are all the subjects you can study in the Bachelor of Teaching

TITLE TYPE
Teaching (Early Childhood)
Teaching (Primary)
Teaching (Secondary)

Bachelor of Teaching (Primary Conjoint)

This four year conjoint programme involves completing two degrees concurrently; a Bachelor of Teaching and a subject bachelors degree (e.g. Arts, Science, Sport & Leisure Studies, Social Sciences, Maori & Pacific Development).

Location: Hamilton
Start date: February only

Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary Conjoint)

This four year conjoint programme involves completing two degrees concurrently; a Bachelor of Teaching and a subject bachelors degree (e.g. Arts, Science, Sport & Leisure Studies, Social Sciences, Maori & Pacific Development).

Location: Hamilton
Start date: February only

Visit our Scholarship Finder for information about possible scholarships

Te Kura Toi Tangata Faculty of Education has international partnerships and exchange programmes with The University of Sydney. Students can undertake practicum placements and some coursework in Sydney to broaden their teacher education experiences.

The Bachelor of Teaching (Honours) is for high performing graduates of the BTeach and prepares a candidate for research and scholarship in the Master of  Education. Honours degrees require completion of 120 points at 500 level (equivalent to four papers) and is one year full time (or part time equivalent).

Graduate options for Teaching:

If you’re due to complete your undergraduate degree or you’re  seeking a career change and already have a degree, consider teaching. With a GradDipT or MTchgLn, it takes one year to gain your qualification. Entry into both of these programmes require a bachelors degree.

Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Secondary)

Prepare yourself for a career in secondary schools, working with young people aged 13-18 years old. The University of Waikato can prepare you for most curriculum subjects. There are currently shortages in english, maths, science, technology and te reo Māori.

This programme consists of eight compulsory papers (120 points, with 80 points at 300 level), including three curriculum subject papers, two teaching practicum and three Professional Education papers. Learn how to teach your curriculum areas and develop skills in teaching and learning.

To teach a NZ curriculum subject at senior level (year 11-13), 300 level university papers are required. To teach junior levels (year 7-10), 100 and 200 level university papers are required. Graduates who apply for the programme submit their degree transcript(s), and the programme leader/coordinator discusses and advises the appropriate programme once applicants reach the interview stage.

Curriculum subjects taught at Waikato University include (but are not limited to*); Science, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Social Studies, History, Geography, Mathematics & Statistics, English, Media Studies, Drama, Technology (all areas), Languages (various), te reo Māori, Art, Music, Dance, Health & Physical Education, Business Studies, Accounting, Economics.

*Note that some smaller areas such as Psychology, Guidance Counselling and Environmental Studies are taught via special topics, however students must be capable of teaching in another main area (based on papers taken in their previous qualification), such as Social Studies.

Entry requirements: Bachelors degree or Graduate Diploma (120 points) which supports the teaching of a NZ curriculum subject (80 points at 300 level).
Location: Hamilton, Tauranga, Mixed Media Presentation (MMP)
Start date: February

Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood Education)

Prepare yourself for a career working in a variery of early childhood settings with children from birth up to six years old. This programme consists of 12 compulsary Professional Education and curriculum teaching papers (153 points at 700 level), and three teaching practica. You'll gain practical and theoretical knowledge about how children learn and develop, and an understanding of Te Whariki, the Early Childhood Curriculum.

Location: Mixed Media Presentation (MMP), includes: online and 10 days on campus in Hamilton (February & May).
Start date: Early January
Note: there is a Kaupapa Maori option if there is sufficient demand.

Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Primary)

Prepare yourself for a career in primary, intermediate and middle schools or kura, working with children from five to 13 years old. You'll gain a solid foundation in all aspects of the New Zealand curriculum, classroom management, the teaching and learning process and educational policies and practices. During the year, there will be three teaching practica, with 14 weeks spent full-time at a school under the supervision of an associate teacher.

Location: Hamilton, Mixed Media Presentation (MMP), online and 15 days on campus in Hamilton (February, June & August).
Start date: Early January

Te Rōpū Tohu Paerua Mātauranga Māori PGDipEd (Te Rōpū Tohu Paerua)

Ka aro tēnei tohu ki ngā horopaki huhua o ngā kaiwhakaako o te akomanga rumaki, reo rua  hoki. Ka kawe ngā akoranga o tēnei hōtaka mā te reo Māori. E whā ngā pepa (120 ngā piro) ā kei te kaupae tuarima tēnei Tohu Paerua Rumaki. Ka akohia tēnei hōtaka mā te rorohiko (NET) me ngā wānanga (HAM).

Postgraduate Diploma (Education) (Māori Medium Teaching)

This Postgraduate Diploma in Education specialisation suits teachers who want to adapt their classroom organisation and teaching styles to meet learners needs within kōhanga reo, kura kaupapa Māori, immersion Māori and bilingual schools and units. This programme is delivered through the medium of te reo Māori. The PGDipEd (Māori Medium Teaching) comprises the equivalent of four (120 points) 500 level papers. The papers are delivered online (NET) and face-to-face through block sessions (HAM). Find out more about the qualification regulations.


Qualifications for career changers:

There are two options for people wanting to  teach who already have industry experience that are not Level 7 of the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF).

  • Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Secondary) GradDipT, and a Graduate Diploma in Engineering (Technology Teaching) – GradDip (Eng).
  • Bachelor of Education (Technology)

These programmes are taught in Hamilton, Tauranga and through Mixed Media Presentation (MMP) with some on-campus time required.

Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Secondary), and a Graduate Diploma in Engineering (Technology Teaching) – GradDip(Eng).

Suited for people interested in technology teaching, who have an industry based qualification and industry experience, but who do not have a Level 7 teaching qualification. This two year pathway allows students to complete two qualifications concurrently: a Graduate Diploma of Teaching – Secondary, and a Graduate Diploma in Engineering – GradDip(Eng).

The GradDip (Eng) is taught through the Faculty of Science and Engineering and is suited for people wanting to become technology teachers.  The course is completed at Hamilton campus over one year.

Find out more about the available papers.

Bachelor of Education (Technology)

This Bachelor of Education (Technology) programme is for qualified and registered teachers of technology or trades-qualified people considering technology teaching. This qualification meets the G3+ or Q3+ qualification group for salary purposes. This option is also suitable for undergraduate students interested in teaching technology in secondary schools.

Waikato has a national and international reputation in technology education.  Staff have led national professional development programmes in technology education, and are actively supportive of this Ministry initiative to help increase the number of fully-qualified teachers in this essential learning area.

Location: Hamilton
Start date:
Entry criteria:

  • School Leavers: University entrance criteria
  • Trades-qualified & Teachers: If you hold a NZQA level 6 trade/technology qualification/s will be required to complete 290 points at 100, 200 and 300 levels in Professional Education and Technology, including papers in technological practice and technological knowledge, to complete the Bed (Technology).

Programme requirements

The BEd (Technology) consists of completing a total of 30 papers at 100, 200 and 300 level (480 points) over four years. There are exemptions for people who have completed trade qualifications at level 5 or above, which could shorten the duration of your programme.

The compulsory Professional Education TEPS papers examine areas such as teaching, curriculum, assessment, classroom management, cultural and linguistic diversity and Māori.

Approved technology papers can be chosen from the following subject areas: Biology, Chemistry, Electronics, Engineering, Materials and Process Engineering, Education, Materials and Process Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) and Tourism Management.

The practicum is related to papers in the programme and involves practical teaching experience in a secondary school or wharekura.

Find out more about the available papers.

Master of Teaching and Learning

This is a more intensive course aimed at high achievers. The one year programme is from January-December and requires a higher entry criteria. The advantage of completing this aspirational course is a higher starting salary when entering the teaching profession. A highly practical in-school programme a significant amount of the programme is based in partner schools and includes 20+ weeks of working with students in classrooms.

Master of Teaching & Learning (Primary & Secondary)

This programme will develop critical understanding of research based pedagogical approaches, learning theory and content knowldege to effectively teach diverse learners in New Zealand schools. Students complete six 500 level postgraduate papers (180 points). Practical experience consists of 10 weeks full-time and two weeks part-time. A highly practical in-school programme a significant amount of the programme is based in partner schools and includes 20+ weeks of working with students in classrooms. The reward for completing this more intensive programme is a higher entry point salary on entering the teaching profession.

Location: Hamilton
Dates:
January – December
Entry requirements:
A bachelors degree and B+ average.
Note:
all candidates are interviewed.

Te Arareo He Tohu Paerua Whakangungu (Kura or Wharekura)

This is the first Initial Teacher Education programme at Masters level in New Zealand for preparing teachers for Māori medium contexts. It is a demanding programme  aimed at high achievers who have a high level of Māori language fluency who want to be teachers in Māori medium settings.  The programme has been developed in close partnership with local kura and wharekura with a significant part of the programme involving school practice.  A highly practical in-school programme a significant amount of the programme is based in partner schools and includes 20+ weeks of working with students in classrooms. The reward for completing this more intensive programme is a higher entry point salary on entering the teaching profession.

Location: Hamilton,
Start date: January 2017
Entry requirements: A bachelors degree and B+ average, a level of proficiency in te reo Maori is required.

From year 1 of your degree you will be exposed to the classroom environment.

Registrations of interest and applications for 2017 Masters programmes are open from July – November 2016. A bachelors degree and B+ average is required to be accepted into the programme and fluency in te reo Māori if you are applying for these programmes. Complete the online enrolment process and Faculty application form.

Note: an interview and selection process applies.

Te Kura Toi Tangata Faculty of Education:

Phone: 0800 924 528 Ext: 4500

Email: teach@waikato.ac.nz

BTchg (Upgrade) (Early Childhood & Primary)

Upgrading a teaching diploma or equivalent qualification to a degree can enhance current teaching and learning practices and has salary benefits. This qualification is for qualified and registered early childhood and primary school teachers wanting to upgrade their current teaching qualification to a Bachelor of Teaching degree.

What qualifications can be upgraded?*

  • New Zealand three-year teachers college diplomas awarded between 1968 and 1985
  • New Zealand three-year diplomas of teaching awarded from 1986
  • New Zealand Trained Teachers Certificates awarded before 1971
  • NZFKU and Early Childhood Diplomas awarded by New Zealand teachers colleges before 1992
  • Other qualifications recognised by the New Zealand Teachers Council as equivalent to a three-year diploma of teaching

*(Note this is a guide only, please contact an adviser in the Academic and Student Administration Office for individual advice)

Receiving Credit

Qualified teachers normally receive credit totalling 240 points for their initial teaching qualification, leaving 120 points (6 papers) to complete the degree. Additional credit may be given depending on any tertiary study that has been successfully completed since a teacher’s initial teacher education.

Find out more about the available papers.

Teacher Education Refresh Programme

Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
100 LEVEL 200 LEVEL 200 LEVEL
100 LEVEL 200 LEVEL 300 LEVEL
100 LEVEL 200 LEVEL 300 LEVEL
100 LEVEL 200 LEVEL 200 LEVEL
100 LEVEL 200 LEVEL 300 LEVEL
100 LEVEL TEDE221/TEPS222
TEDE321/TEPS322
TEHD100
Human Development for Educators
TEDE121/TEPS122
120 Points 120 Points 120 Points
Teacher Curriculum
Compulsory Paper
Elective Paper
Teacher Practicum

For more information on specific papers see Teacher Education Faculty Handbook.

Bachelor of Early Childhood Education degree structure may vary. See Teacher Education Faculty Handbook.

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