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Bachelor of Teaching (BTchg) in Primary Education

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Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree


3 years

Next start date

Expected Feb 2025


University of Otago


The Bachelor of Teaching (BTchg) is a three-year undergraduate degree programme with a choice of three endorsements. You will study educational theory, curriculum studies, and complete a minimum of 120 days supervised professional experience in education settings; and attend Noho Marae in the second year.

A three-year undergraduate degree programme for those who do not hold a degree. The Bachelor of Teaching endorsed in Primary Education features contemporary theory, curriculum knowledge and in-class experience, enabling graduates to teach in primary and intermediate schools. Offered in Dunedin and Invercargill.

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

    English language requirements

    • IELTS (Academic module) (including IELTS Online) - Overall score of 6.0, no individual band below 5.5.
    • TOEFL iBT - Overall score of 80 and a writing score of 20.
    • C1 Advanced (previously Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)) or C2 Proficiency (previously Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE)) - Overall score of 169 (with no individual band below 162)
    • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic - Overall score of 50 with no communicative skills score below 42.
    • LanguageCert - International ESOL: C1 Expert (LRWS) with a pass overall and no less than a pass in each skill
    • NZCEL - NZCEL 4 Academic endorsement
    • English New Zealand's Accredited Pathway Assessment - Assessment Level 2 (with no skill lower than Level 1)
    • APIEL Advanced Placement International English Language Examination - Grade 3 or higher

The due date for the submission of your application: 31 August

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