Bachelor of Teaching (Primary)

Tohu Paetahi Whakaakoranga (Primary)

Gain comprehensive knowledge of the New Zealand Curriculum and learn skills required to teach in a range of socially diverse settings.

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Who Is This Programme For?

The Bachelor of Teaching (Primary) programme is for anyone who wants to become a qualified, registered primary school teacher in New Zealand.

Teaching is a rewarding career and primary school teaching offers many opportunities once you are qualified. A Bachelor of Teaching (Primary) degree will give you the specific skills, knowledge, and professional experience you need for a career in primary teaching.

Our teacher education programmes provide a rich blend of online learning, practical experience and a positive learning environment. You will take part in supervised field-based practice in a primary or intermediate school for two days a week as well as longer practicum placements.

We provide inclusive education environments and culturally responsive pedagogy, with a commitment to bicultural learning and teaching.

The programme is available for full-time and part-time study.


Bachelor of Teaching vs Bachelor of Education: What’s the Difference?

The Bachelor of Teaching will provide you with the skills and practical experience you need to become a qualified primary teacher. Completing the programme leads to teacher registration and opens the door to a wide range of teaching placements after you demonstrate your competency.

The Bachelor of Education, on the other hand, does not lead to teacher registration. Instead, it provides you with a way to gain knowledge and improve your skills in education to advance your career.


Programme delivery
Te ara tuku

You will study nine 30-credit courses and six 15-credit courses over 3 years. There are two semesters a year, and both are 16 weeks long.

Weekly requirements include:
•    approximately 16 hours of online engagement
•    2 days field-based practice in a primary/middle/intermediate/area school (supervised by a registered teacher)
•    an average of 9 hours of independent study.

In addition to supervised practice in your primary/middle/intermediate/area school, you will need to complete a teaching practicum in a different school setting during each year of the programme.

There will also be one 2-day noho marae experience each year.

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0800 244 532

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Virtual Open Days

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Study commencing Semester 1, 2023

3 February 2023


In the first year, you will study four courses, in the second and third years, the themes in these courses will be expanded on.
Māori Teaching and Learning
Te Hā o te iwi: Mātauranga
Human Development for Teaching and Learning
Te Hā o te Tipui
Teaching and Learning as a Professional
Te Hā o te Tangata Mātanga
The Teacher as Professional
Te Hā o te Kaiako
The Practice of Teaching (1)
Te Hā o te Kaiako
Professional Practice
Te Hā o te Ringa Ngaio

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Do You Offer Other Programmes?

We offer a range of programmes with different study options, including several postgraduate diplomas and a master’s degree to specialise further if you are already a qualified teacher with a bachelor’s degree.