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Bachelor of Teaching/Graduate Diploma of Teaching

As a teacher, you will be joining a privileged group whose guidance may make all the difference to the life of a child or young person. Teaching is an exciting, challenging, inspiring and immensely rewarding career.

BTchg Benefits

  • Waikato is a nationally and internationally respected teacher education provider with more than 50 years’ experience.
  • Balance of theory and practice.
  • Long-term career paths and prospects.
  • Challenging programmes taught in a supportive learning environment.

When you study teaching, you are learning how to facilitate, how to lead, how to organise, how to plan, how to analyse and how to manage. More importantly, you are learning how to instil a love of learning in your students.

Practical Experience

Much 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.

Bachelor of Teaching

Early Childhood

The three-year BTchg (Early Childhood) programme teaches you about all aspects of Te Whāriki – the Early Childhood Curriculum. We also offer the Ki Taiao programme for those interested in teaching in a Māori medium early childhood setting (eg. Kohanga Reo).

Primary
The three-year BTchg (Primary) programme, available in Hamilton or Tauranga, is structured so you get and good grounding in all aspects of the NZ curriculum. Outside of your core papers you may choose option papers of particular interest to you.

The BTchg (Primary) Mixed Media Presentation is available to those outside of Hamilton or Tauranga. The programme includes the same papers as the BTchg (Primary) campus-based programme. You will learn through face-to-face teaching and audio-conferencing, although most material is taught online. Note: Conditions apply.

We offer the three-year BTchg - Kākano Rua programme for those interested in teaching in English medium, English/Māori and Māori medium classrooms.

Conjoint Degree Programmes

Secondary, Middle and Primary
In the four-year conjoint degree programme, you complete two degrees – a BTchg 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. Subject degree options include: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Sport and Leisure Studies, Bachelor of Social Sciences, and Bachelor of Media and Creative Technologies.

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.

Graduate Diploma of Teaching (GradDipT)

This one-year qualification is for you if you already have a degree. Programmes are available for early childhood, primary and secondary teaching. If you want to become a secondary teacher, you will need to have teaching subjects strongly located in your first degree. If intending to complete a degree prior to a GradDipT take care in selecting your subjects. For secondary school teaching you require 300 level papers in a NZ Curriculum subject.

Waikato also offers two two-year programme for career changers with industry qualifications wanting to become teachers. These require completing a GradDip in Engineering (Technology TEaching) or a GradDip in Tourism and Hospitality Management (Teaching). For more information, see Engineering, Tourism and Hospitality Management.

Study in 2015

So now that you have an idea of what you want to study, let us help you along your way by giving you all the information you need on university life, how to get financial support, student services and how to go about applying to the University of Waikato. Visit our Study in 2015 Student Guide.

BTchg Career Opportunities

There is more to a teaching degree than being in a classroom. With a BTchg or GradDipT, you can pursue further study in areas such as educational leadership and education. In addition to teaching, other areas of employment could include working for government departments, commmunity education groups and tertiary institutions.

Entry Requirements

If you have University Entrance, you are eligible to apply for the BTchg. If you have a New Zealand degree or a degree recognised in New Zealand you may also be eligible for the GradDipT programmes. You may also be eligible for the GradDipT (Secondary) if you hold a Level 7 Graduate Diploma with at least 72 points at 300 level in a subject taught in New Zealand schools. Applications are accepted throughout the year and each application will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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 BTchg and GradDipT.

*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.

Note: Teacher education applicants will need to apply early (preferably between August and November) as all applicants are subject to an interview and selection process. Contact the Faculty of Education for an application pack: phone 0800 83 22 42 or email teach@waikato.ac.nz

Scholarships

The Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship, Vice-Chancellor's Academic Excellence School Leaver Scholarship, University of Waikato Academic Merit School Leaver Scholarship.

For more information, visit www.waikato.ac.nz/scholarships

TeachNZ Scholarship – TeachNZ provides information and scholarships for people considering teaching, overseas trained teachers and people returning to teaching.

For more information, visit www.teachnz.govt.nz

Degree Structure (Early Childhood or Primary)

3 Years - 360 Points

The BTchg (Early CHildhood, Promary) and the GradDipT (Secondary) are also available in Tauranga based at the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic. For more information, visit http://uwt.waikato.ac.nz/

Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
120 Points 120 Points 120 Points
Practicum Professional Education Major
100 LEVEL 200 LEVEL 300 LEVEL
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The BTchg (Conjoint) is a 540-point degree for people interested in focusing their teaching on a particular subject area. You’ll complete 30 papers over four years to earn two degrees – a BTchg and a Bachelors degree (BA, BSc, BSocSc or BSpLS) in the subject you want to teach. This programme is available in primary or secondary teaching (see individual degree structures).

Degree Structure BTchg (Primary) Conjoint

4 Years - 540 Points

Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
120 Points 140 Points 140 Points 140 Points
Practicum Professional Education Major (BTchg) Subject Degree
100 LEVEL 100 LEVEL 200 LEVEL 300 LEVEL
100 LEVEL 100 LEVEL 200 LEVEL 200 LEVEL
100 LEVEL 100 LEVEL 200 LEVEL 300 LEVEL
100 LEVEL 100 LEVEL 200 LEVEL 300 LEVEL
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Degree Structure BTchg (Secondary) Conjoint

4 Years - 540 Points

Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
120 Points 140 Points 140 Points 140 Points
Practicum Professional Education Major (BTchg) Subject Degree
100 LEVEL 100 LEVEL 200 LEVEL 300 LEVEL
100 LEVEL 100 LEVEL 100 LEVEL 200 LEVEL
100 LEVEL 100 LEVEL 200 LEVEL 300 LEVEL
100 LEVEL 200 LEVEL 200 LEVEL 300 LEVEL
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