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Bachelor of Teaching (BTchg)

This undergraduate programme will prepare you for early childhood, primary or secondary teaching. You will have the flexibility to study at our Hamilton or Tauranga campus, and options include online and distance education.

Part of your learning will be on the job through practicum. During your practicum, you will be working full-time in a classroom or early childhood service under the guidance of associate teachers. Through your practicum, you'll develop valuable teaching strategies and add practical experience to your theoretical learning.

See below for information on your degree options or if you have any questions, fill out our enquiry form.

Degree options

Qualification: BTchg - Early Childhood
Location: Hamilton and Tauranga
Start Date: 22nd February 2016
Duration: Three years

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The Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood) programme is offered at the Hamilton and Tauranga campuses. It is a three-year qualification that will lead to eligibility for provisional registration with the New Zealand Teachers Council, upon successful completion.

Qualification: BTchg - Primary
Location: Hamilton, Tauranga and online
Start Date: 22nd February 2016 (Online 15th Feb)
Duration: Three years

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The Bachelor of Teaching (Primary) programme is offered at the Hamilton campus, Tauranga campus and online. It is a three-year qualification that will lead to eligibility for provisional registration with the New Zealand Teachers Council, upon successful completion.

The Bachelor of Teaching (Primary) can also be completed as part of a conjoint degree.

Qualification: BTchg - Secondary Conjoint
Location: Hamilton
Start Date: 29th February 2016
Duration: Four years

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The Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary) is offered at the Hamilton campus. In the four-year conjoint degree programme, you complete two degrees – a Bachelor of Teaching, majoring in Professional Education and a subject degree from one of our other Faculties/Schools. The two degrees are interwoven so you learn both about your subject areas and how to teach them.

This programme allows you to continue studying at advanced levels in teaching and in your specialist subject. Also offered is a four-year Bachelor of Education Technology for aspirant technology teachers.

Entry Requirements

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English are required to provide evidence of English language proficiency* in the form of an IELTS examination score. A minimum score of 7.0 in each band of the academic version of IELTS is evidence of such proficiency for admission to the Graduate Diploma in Teaching. An overall score of 7.5 with no less than 7.0 in each band of the academic version of IELTS is required for admission into the Master of Teaching and Learning.

*English as an additional language candidates whose medium of instruction was fully in English in a university in a country (other than NZ or Australia) where English is an official language, and who are graduates at bachelors degree level, are required to produce evidence of a minimum score of 7.0 in each band of the academic version of the IELTS.

School subjects required

There are no specific subjects you need to study at secondary school to study teaching at Waikato, although a strong foundation in language, literacy and numeracy is important. For some areas of secondary teaching there are NCEA prerequisites.

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