education and teaching

Bachelor of Teaching

Bachelors Degree BTchg
education and teaching

Inspire, transform, and foster imagination as a teacher with a University of Waikato qualification. Our programme graduates are skilled and reflective teachers, who are in high demand both in Aotearoa New Zealand and around the world.

This is a teaching qualification and will lead to becoming a registered teacher

360 points, 3 years

Hamilton, Tauranga, Online

February (A Trimester)

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Why study a BTchg?

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 practising certificate, and after two years of full-time teaching be granted a full practising certificate with the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand.

At The University of Waikato:

We consistently place in the top 300 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 work in schools designed to meet both the needs of 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 (our online study option involves being on campus in Hamilton for two one-week blocks per year)
  • access to the latest research via Institutes attached to the School of Education
  • exchange programmes with the National Institute of Education, Singapore and VIA University College, Denmark

Career Opportunities

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

360 points, 3 years

Hamilton, Tauranga, Online

February (A Trimester)

Degree information

Subjects Plan your study Entry Requirements Fees and scholarships

Study in Tauranga

Primary stream is available in Tauranga. Speak to one of our administrators for more information. 

Graduate study options

Our other teaching qualifications include the Graduate Diploma in TeachingPostgraduate Diploma in Teaching and Master of Teaching and Learning.

*To become a secondary teacher, first study an undergraduate degree and take papers in the subjects you wish to teach. Then complete a Graduate Diploma in Teaching, Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching or Master of Teaching and Learning.

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

Qualifications for teacher upgrades

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

*Please 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.

Contact us

International Enquiries

Monday to Friday 8:30am - 5pm

School of Education

Te Kura Toi Tangata School of Education, The University of Waikato, Gate 5, Hillcrest Road, Hillcrest, Hamilton, New Zealand