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Bachelor of Teaching

Bachelor of Teaching will not be offering the option of conjoint degrees in secondary and primary teaching in 2020

Inspire the next generation, transform learning and foster imagination by becoming a teacher. A qualification in teaching from the University of Waikato will set 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.

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 the 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 school
  • exchange programmes with the National Institute of Education, Singapore and VIA University College, Denmark

Scholarships available: TeachNZ


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Key information

Years: 3
Points: 360
BTchg Study Locations:Hamilton, Tauranga, Online
Papers offered differ by location. The Catalogue of Papers has full location info.
Start Dates: February
Fees (Domestic): $6,120 (approx) per year
See if you're eligible for fees-free study in your first year
Fees (International): $28,915 per year
Entry Requirements: Undergraduate International
Faculty:
*Tuition fees shown are indicative only and may change. There are additional fees and charges related to enrolment please see the Table of Fees and Charges for more information. You will be sent an enrolment agreement which will confirm your fees.

Degree Planner

Degree planner — Bachelor of Teaching (BTchg) Overview

Our Bachelor of Teaching (BTchg) will enable students to forge an exciting, challenging and immensely rewarding career where they can make a difference to the lives of children and young people in New Zealand and around the world.

Our teaching qualifications cover early childhood, primary, Kākano Rua and secondary education. We offer a balanced curriculum of theory and practice and take pride in setting up graduates who are among the best prepared in New Zealand.

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

Questions? For more information email teach@waikato.ac.nz

Year 2

Concepts in Teaching and Learning 2
(TEEDU200, not offered in 2018)

Cultural Dimensions of Education
(TEEDU201, not offered in 2018)

Stream Paper

Stream Paper

Stream Paper

Stream Paper

Stream Paper

100 or 200 Level
Elective

Year 3

Concepts in Teaching and Learning 3
(TEEDU300, not offered in 2018)

Stream Paper

Stream Paper

Stream Paper

Stream Paper (30 Points)

200 or 300 Level
Elective

200 or 300 Level
Elective

  • Stream
  • Compulsory
  • Elective
This information is provisional and subject to change.

Degree planner — BTchg in Early Childhood Stream

Prepare yourself for a career working in a variety of 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.

We offer 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
  • Start date: February

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.

  • Stream
  • Compulsory
  • Elective

*2020 Degree Planner - information may be subject to change

This information is provisional and subject to change.

Degree planner — BTchg Primary Stream

Prepare yourself for a career in primary, composite, 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 management, environmental education for sustainability, and the wider contexts of school, community and national systems.

By studying with the University of Waikato you know you get practical hands on experience at the "chalkface". The Bachelor of Teaching Primary includes a significant component of classroom practice under the guidance of mentor teachers.  This includes weekly placements of one day per week plus a three-week block during year one, one day per week plus a four-week  block during year two, and a ten-week block during year three.

  • Location: Hamilton, Tauranga, Mixed Media Presentation (MMP)
  • Start date: February

Note: there is a Ki Taiao degree option if there is sufficient demand.

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.

  • Stream Paper
  • Compulsory
  • Elective

*2020 Degree Planner -  may be subject to change.

This information is provisional and subject to change.

Degree planner — BTchg in Kākano Rua Stream

Te Kura Toi Tangata School of Education is committed to the education and development of Māori medium teaching. This subject prepares students for teaching in English medium, bilingual (Māori and English) and Māori medium (total immersion) educational settings. We cater for students seeking support and teaching qualifications, teachers interested in professional development and researchers keen to contribute new knowledge.

Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato The University of Waikato and Te Kura Toi Tangata School of Education has always had a strong affinity with Māori. Many of our graduates are now influential leaders in Māori education working in wānanga, universities, schools and government departments.

  • Location: Hamilton, Tauranga, Mixed Media Presentation (MMP)
  • Start date: February

For more information about this programme visit our information page here.

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.

  • Stream
  • Compulsory
  • Elective

Recommended Level 100 Elective:

MAOED100 Huarahi Matauranga Māori: Historical and Contemporary - Approaches to Māori
Education

Recommended Level 200 Elective:

MAOED200 Hopu Reo Rua: Bilingual Theory and Practice in Maori Education

This information is provisional and subject to change.

Degree planner — BTchg Secondary Stream

Please note:

We will not be offering new enrolments in the Bachelor of Teaching Secondary or Primary Conjoint  programme in 2020 - please contact us to talk about your study options at teach@waikato.ac.nz.

An alternative pathway to becoming a Secondary School Teacher is to complete a relevant degree followed by a Graduate Diploma of Teaching.

    This information is provisional and subject to change.

    Degree planner — Primary MMP

    If moving town to study is not an option for you, then consider our Distance or Mixed MediaPresentation (MMP) programmes. These programmes are offered online with some on-campus attendance required. The MMP programmes are available if you do not live in or near Hamilton or Tauranga and need to stay in the area in which you live. They are particularly suited to the mature learner.

    BTchg - Primary MMP

    This three-year BTchg (Primary) programme suits people living in regions where it would be difficult to attend the University of Waikato campus to complete tertiary studies.This programme includes the same core papers available to BTchg (Primary) on-campus students. Learning is conducted primarily online, with some face-to-face teaching. You will need to attend compulsory on-campus classes in Hamilton for up to one week in February, June and August.

    You will work one full day each week in a base school in your local community, where you will observe and participate in teaching practice. Base school experience will be for the first three semesters of the six semester programme. In addition to this, you will also complete two practicum experiences at a school that is different from your base school.

    For more information about our distance or MMP study options for primary teachers email teach@waikato.ac.nz

      This information is provisional and subject to change.


      Career opportunities

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

      Entry requirements

      All new teacher education applicants must complete an interview and selection process. Apply early as places are limited. Complete the online enrolment process and faculty application form.


      Study in Tauranga

      The Early Childhood, Primary, and Primary (Kākano Rua) streams are all fully available in Tauranga.


      Scholarships and prizes

      New to Waikato? The International Excellence Scholarship is worth up to $10,000.

      Visit our Scholarship Finder for information about possible scholarships

      Find your scholarship


      Bachelor of Teaching (Primary Conjoint)/Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary Conjoint)

      We will not be taking new enrolments into the Bachelor of Teaching Secondary or Primary Conjoint programme for 2020. If you would like more information about your study options in this area please contact our team - email teach@waikato.ac.nz.

      An alternative pathway to becoming a Secondary School Teacher is to complete a relevant degree followed by a Graduate Diploma of Teaching.


      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 - completing your undergraduate degree?:

      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 it takes one year to gain your qualification. Entry into this programme requires a bachelors degree.

      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.


      Considering a career change?:

      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). 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.


      Practical experience

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


      Exchange programme and study abroad

      Te Kura Toi Tangata School of Education has international partnerships and exchange programmes with the National Institute of Education, Singapore and VIA University College, Denmark


      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 to complete the degree (this is usually made up of 30 points at 200 level and 90 points at 300 level). Additional credit may be given depending on any tertiary study that has been successfully completed since a teacher’s initial teacher education.


      Contacts

      Te Kura Toi Tangata Faculty of Education:

      Phone: 0800 924 5286

      Email: teach@waikato.ac.nz