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Bachelor of Teaching (BTchg) in Early Childhood Education

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Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree


3 years

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023


University of Otago


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.

Early Childhood Education

Papers within this programme address professional teaching issues, Te Whariki (the early childhood curriculum), educational theory, subject studies and practical teaching experience through placements in early childhood settings. Students also select to study a subject of their choice, either from the range of subject studies papers offered at the College of Education or from the wider University.

Programme Requirements

1st year

Education Studies

  • EDUC 101 Education and Society
  • EDUC 102 Human Development

Curriculum Studies

  • EDCR 101 Exploring Curriculum
  • EDCR 102 The Languages of Children

Professional Studies and Practice

  • EDPR 101 The Practice of Early Childhood Teaching
  • EDPR 102 From Personal to Professional
  • Subject Studies
  • Subject Study

Competency Tests

  • EICT 199 ICT Competency Test
  • ELIT 199 Literacy Competency Test
  • EMAT 197 Mathematics Competency Test (ECE/Secondary)

2nd year

Education Studies

  • EDUC 211 The Institutions of Childhood

Curriculum Studies

  • EDCR 201 Weaving Curriculum
  • EDCR 202 People Under Three
  • EDCR 203 Te Ohonga Ake o nga Marautanga

Professional Studies and Practice

  • EDPR 201 Relationships and the Practice of Teaching
  • EDPR 202 Relationships in Inclusive Settings
  • ENMO 199 Noho Marae
  • Elective papers

3rd year

  • Education Studies
  • EDUC 311 Contemporary Understandings of Young Children as Learners

Curriculum Studies

  • EDCR 301 Living Curriculum
  • EDCR 302 Debating Curriculum

Professional Studies and Practice

  • EDPR 301 Professional Inquiry in(to) Practice 3
  • EDPR 302 Professional Inquiry in(to) Practice 4
  • EDPR 303 Politics, Policy, and the Profession

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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