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Bachelor of Teaching (BTchg) in Primary Bicultural Education

This course is available


Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree


3 years

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023


Invercargill campus


The Bachelor of Teaching (BTchg) degree is a three-year programme (360 points), registered at Level 7 on the New Zealand qualifications Framework, and designed to enable graduates to meet the requirements for initial teacher registration in New Zealand. It provides the initial step for teachers on the road of lifelong professional learning.

The degree is underpinned by four themes and divided into central strands that are designed to promote student reflection on the interrelationship of knowledge and issues presented throughout the chosen programme and to make connections between theory and practice associated with the degree papers.

Primary Bicultural Education

If you have a desire to develop your own knowledge in Te Ao Maori and are enthusiastic about teaching children you are encouraged to apply for this comprehensive Te Pokai Matauranga o te Ao Rua programme. It offers the unique opportunity to become qualified as a primary teacher with increased knowledge of Te Ao Maori. As a graduate of this programme you will have been prepared to deliver the curriculum from a M?ori perspective, using both English and M?ori and be qualified to teach in primary, intermediate and/or M?ori immersion schools.

Entry criteria

Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Humanities), on the advice of the Dean, College of Education, who must be satisfied that, in accordance with Education and Training Act 2020 Section 255(5) (a) and (b), the applicant satisfies the minimum requirements for admission to an initial teacher education programme as specified by the relevant professional body.

We recognise many other qualifications as equivalent to the New Zealand qualification for entrance.

We also accept the following international qualifications:

  • International Baccalaureate: IB Diploma with a minimum of 24 points.
  • Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) GCE Advanced Levels: minimum Numerical Score of 8
  • IELTS Academic - IELTS score of 7.0
  • Internet-based TOEFL - Score of 98
  • Cambridge English exams - C2 Proficiency (CPE) or C1 Advanced (CAE) or Cambridge English exams, B2 First (FCE) - minimum of 185
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic - 65
  • LanguageCert C2 Mastery IESOL - No less than 25/50
  • C1 Expert IESOL - No less than 35/50

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