Bachelor of Teaching (Primary)

Tohu Paetahi Whakaakoranga (Primary)

Applications open for Semester 1, 2025 

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Learn and grow into a valued primary school teacher for tamariki in your community, wherever you live in Aotearoa New Zealand, with Te Rito Maioha.

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 ōna tikanga Māori 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.

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.

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.

Semester 1, 2025

Domestic applications: 20 January 2025
International applications: 23 December 2024

Contact us

0800 244 532

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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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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.