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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.

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

Scholarships available: TeachNZ

Bachelor of Teaching (BTchg) specified programmes:

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
  • Start date: February

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 management, 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 the second year and an eight week block in the third year. During your degree, you'll experience different types of schools and work with a range of age groups.

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

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 Māori 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 Māori. For entry, a level of proficiency to Level 2 NCEA Te Reo Māori is required – conditions apply.

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

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 to BTchg (Primary) on-campus students.  Learning is conducted primarily online with compulsory week-long, face-to-face sessions on-campus in Hamilton in February and June.

There are regular opportunities to observe and participate in teaching, with one day per week spent in a base school in your community during the first year, followed by a three-week practicum in October. During year two, one day per week is spent in a secondary school with two periods of practicum in June and October. In year 3 a ten-week practicum is undertaken in a third school. This practical experience involves working with a range of class levels from Year 0/1 to Years 7/8. Note that the preference in for school leavers to enrol in the on-campus programme.

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

Bachelor of Education (Technology)

This degree is designed for two types of students; those who know that they want to be secondary school technology teachers, or those from the trades and industry, who need to become degree qualified to teach technology education. Find out more about the Bachelor of Education.

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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
*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 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. Conjoint degree programmes are available for Primary and Secondary Teaching. You will complete a BTchg along with a second degree within four years, if you also complete summer schools.

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

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

200 or 300 Level

  • Stream
  • Compulsory
  • Elective
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

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)

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

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 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.

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). 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 an 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 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 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 a critical understanding of research-based pedagogical approaches, learning theory and content knowledge 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
January – December
Entry requirements:
A bachelors degree and B+ average.
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
Entry requirements: A bachelors degree and B+ average, a level of proficiency in te reo Maori is required.

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 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.

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.


Te Kura Toi Tangata Faculty of Education:

Phone: 0800 924 5286 Ext: 4500