Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Primary)
?If you are inspired by the world around you and wish to make a positive difference in the lives of young people, then a career in teaching or education could be for you.
The BTchLn(Primary) is a professional qualification that prepares you for a rewarding career as a primary school teacher. There are a number of study options available to students including:
- full-time or part-time study on campus in Christchurch
- full-time either in Nelson or Rotorua by a mix of face-to-face and distance study
- full-time or part-time study by distance through the Flexible Learning Option (FLO).
- A UC teaching qualification is recognised nationally and internationally as being of high quality
- Flexible study options as to how you study and where
- Strong peer support model and dedicated staff
- International study opportunities, for example in China, Japan and Rarotonga.
Admission to UC with University Entrance, or equivalent, is required to enrol for a Bachelor's degree. Domestic applicants over 20 who do not hold University Entrance, or equivalent, may gain admission by providing evidence of their ability to complete tertiary study successfully. For information on gaining admission to UC please see how to apply for undergraduate qualifications.
You are also required to meet UC's English language requirements.
Specific entry requirements
The BTchLn(Primary) has one intake each February. Selection for entry is based on:
- academic ability, involvement and interest in working with children, community involvement, communication skills and other personal qualities as outlined in the Application for Programme Entry
- a police check, referees' reports and an interview
- a short literacy and numeracy test.
English language requirements
Students for whom English is an additional language must provide evidence of their English language ability as follows:
- IELTS (Academic) 7.0, with no individual score below 7.0; or
- at least two years of successful study in a New Zealand secondary school, with at least ten Level 2 NCEA credits in Literacy (five reading and five writing) or equivalent.
Note: if you have completed a tertiary level qualification in New Zealand or Australia you may be eligible for an exemption.
How to apply
Applications open on 1 August and close four weeks prior to the start of the programme in early February, or when places are filled.
To complete an Application for Programme Entry phone the Contact Centre on 0800 VARSITY (827 748) or visit UC College of Education, Health and Human Development.
Typical degree structure for Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Primary)
For full course requirements go to the Regulations for the Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Primary).
Each small block represents a 15-point course. However, some courses may be 30 points (or more).
The Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Primary) requires a total of 360 points:
- 60 points from Education courses
- 90 points from Professional Inquiry
- 45 points from Professional Practice
- 165 points from Curriculum Studies.
The optional course at 300-level allows students to specialise in an area of particular interest in their third year.
For the full degree requirements see the Regulations for the Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Early Childhood).
Flexible learning option
The Primary Flexible Learning Option (FLO) enables you to complete the BTchLn(Primary) by distance. Courses integrate web-based material, audiovisual resources, video conferences and email (students need good internet access).
If you would like to study by distance-only you will need to attend two on-site intensives in Christchurch each year of full-time study, with the first in February.
Students enrolled in the Nelson or Rotorua regional campus option do not attend the on-site intensives in Christchurch. They complete a blended model of online coursework and face-to-face courses and curriculum components held at their regional campus.
Students can also study part-time for up to six years.
Placements and learning in schools
You will attend two professional practice placements per year, one each semester, as well as undertake a community engagement course. Placements are arranged by the College of Education, Health and Human Development.
If you already hold a university degree, UC offers two pathways to a new career as a primary school teacher:
- Bachelor of Teaching and Learning with Honours
- Postgraduate Certificate in Education
- Postgraduate Certificate in Specialist Teaching
- Postgraduate Diploma in Education (with endorsement options in e-Learning and Digital Technologies in Education, Hōaka Pounamu: Te Reo Māori Bilingual and Immersion Teaching, Inclusive and Special Education, Leadership, Literacy, Positive Behaviour Support, and Teaching and Learning Languages.
- Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching
- Master of Computer-Assisted Language Learning
- Master of Education
- Master of Specialist Teching
- Master of Teaching and Learning
- Doctor of Education
- Doctor of Philosophy
Successful graduates meet the requirements for provisional teacher registration with the Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand (EDUCANZ).
Primary teaching graduates are employed in teaching and management positions in primary, intermediate, middle and area schools in New Zealand. Internationally recognised, many BTchLn(Primary) graduates also find work abroad.
Teaching skills of management, communication, coordination, responsibility and organisation are prized by many professions such as management, policy and advocacy, publishing, politics and business.
Find out more about what you can do with a degree from UC.
For assistance with planning your programme of study contact the Liaison Office (new students), or a College of Education, Health and Human Development Student Advisor (advancing students).
For the full degree requirements see the Regulations for the Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Primary). For more information on facilities, resources and staff see the College of Education, Health and Human Development | Te Rāngai Ako me te Hauora.