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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Our Bachelor of Teaching Primary gives you the knowledge, skills and practical experience required to begin your career in primary education.

This 3-year Level 7 programme blends online learning with practical experience in a primary school setting to prepare you to become a qualified, registered primary teacher. The Bachelor of Teaching Primary combines online study with field-based practice.

If you would like to study for the Bachelor of Teaching Primary over more than 3 years, you can request to study parttime as long as you complete the programme within an agreed timeframe.

Bachelor of Teaching Primary 

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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Apply for Semester 1, 2023

Sem 1, 2023:
Applications Open


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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Who Is This Programme For?


The Bachelor of Teaching (Primary) programme is for anyone who wants to become a 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 designed for full-time study, but a part-time option is available too.


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.

What Are the Entry Requirements?

Both domestic students and international students from Australia and other countries are welcome to enrol in the programme. However, you must be living in New Zealand to study the programme. If English or te reo Māori is not your first language, you also need to achieve a band score of 6.0 in the different components of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). You will need to be eligible to study at tertiary level in New Zealand, and you must have University Entrance or an equivalent.

For further information on everything from start dates to course fees, contact us today.

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.