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Bachelor of Teaching (Primary)

This course is available


Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree


3 years

Next start date

Expected Jul 2024


Christchurch Campus


With the Bachelor of Teaching (Primary) degree programme, you will gain the knowledge, skill and professional experience to launch your career as a qualified primary teacher, working with tamariki from years 0 to 10. You will develop valued skills in bicultural teaching and learning, with a deep understanding of children’s learning and development, the New Zealand curriculum and professional practice. Te Rito Maioha teaching graduates are highly valued by primary and intermediate school principals as confident and competent teachers, with a strong understanding of the profession and the skills to embrace te reo me ?na tikanga Maori and the cultural identities of all tamariki they teach. The Bachelor of Teaching (Primary) is for anyone who wants to qualify as a primary school teacher anywhere in New Zealand. You can study while you work in your own community, supported by skilled and responsive lecturers, pouako and teachers. The Bachelor of Teaching (Primary) blends online learning with practical experience in schools, you will be well prepared to become a qualified, registered primary teacher. This teacher education programme was developed with school principals around New Zealand to create a pathway for people to study, qualify and teach in their own communities.

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.


In the first year, you will study four courses, in the second and third years, the themes in these courses will be expanded on.

Maori Teaching and Learning

Human Development for Teaching and Learning

Teaching and Learning as a Professional

The Teacher as Professional

The Practice of Teaching (1)

Professional Practice

Entry criteria

To apply for this programme, you must:

be at least 18 years old

University Entrance or better (or overseas equivalent), including the literacy and numeracy standards needed for entrance to a New Zealand university;sufficient skills and ability gained through work or voluntary experience or other learning

have a school willing to support your field-based practice as student teacher for two days a week during semester time. (If you do not have a school identified, we can help you find one)

pass a children’s worker safety check as required under the Children’s Act 2014,

show proficiency in English if English or te reo M?ori is not your first language. The minimum is Academic IELTS 7 for all band scores, or PTE Academic overall mark of 65, or equivalent.

Application closing date: 23 December 2024 for Sem 1,2025

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