TEPI101-23YC1 (D) Year C First Half 2023 (Distance)

The Profession of Teaching

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 13 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 25 June 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 26 February 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 28 May 2023


This course is a 100 level, compulsory, foundation course for the BTchLn (Early Childhood) and BTchLn (Primary). The course is an introduction to what it means to be a teacher in early childhood and primary contexts in New Zealand. It provides student teachers with knowledge of the major threads, conceptual framework and foundation documents that are fundamental to the BTchLn initial teacher education qualification. The course includes a two-day Treaty of Waitangi workshop and a two-week professional practice placement in an early childhood centre or primary school.

*Please note this course is only available to initial teacher education students. To enrol in this course you need to be accepted and enrolled in one of our Initial Teacher Education programmes

Learning Outcomes

On the successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:
1. Reflect on and explain the implications of upholding Te Tiriti o Waitangi in educational settings
2. Identify their personal values, beliefs and attitudes and discuss how these may impact on their emerging identity as a teacher
3. Demonstrate an understanding of the personal dispositions and professional responsibilities required to be a member of the teaching profession in Aotearoa New Zealand
4. Demonstrate an ability to gather and analyse data in a professional practice setting, in order to make sense of the learning context.

Timetable Note

Early Childhood


Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Chris Astall


Benita Rarere-Briggs and Desmond Breeze


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Emerging Teacher Identity 06 May 2022 50% Reflection
Becoming a Teacher 27 May 2022 50% Becoming a Teacher
Required Tasks Required Task 1: Learning on Practice: Pass / Fail Required Task 2: Attending two day Treaty of Waitangi Course: Pass / Fail

Textbooks / Resources

New Zealand;Te Whariki : he whariki matauranga mo nga mokopuna o Aotearoa : early childhood curriculum;Learning Media, 1996 (available online).
New Zealand;The New Zealand curriculum;Learning Media for the Ministry of Education, 2007
(available online)

Education Council Matatū Aotearoa. (2017). Our Code Our Standards. Code of professional responsibilities and standards for the teaching profession. Ngā tikanga matatika ngā paerewa. Wellington, New Zealand: Author. (available online)

Education Council Matatū Aotearoa/Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga Ministry of Education. (2011). Tātaiako. Cultural competencies for teachers of Māori learners. Wellington, New Zealand: Author. (available online)

Additional Course Outline Information

Academic integrity

All forms of cheating and dishonest practice are taken seriously and penalties will result. Students should refer to Regulation J of the General Course and Examination Regulations. Work submitted may be analysed by the software Turnitin, to check for plagiarism. Where there is evidence that cheating or plagiarism has occurred students will be awarded an X grade and the matter will be referred to the year level coordinator, and/or the Head of the School of Teacher Education.

Assessment and grading system

There are two pieces of graded assessment for this course. Satisfactory completion of each assessment to at least a pass grade (C-) is required to pass the course. Also required, but not assessed, is attendance at a two day Treaty of Waitangi workshop and completion of the ‘Learning on Practice’ Task.


A student seeking credit in any course must attend such lectures, and perform satisfactorily such oral, practical, written and other work as the Head of Department/School concerned may require.’  (University of Canterbury Calendar 2014, p.43). This BTchLn qualification is designed to prepare you for entry into the teaching profession. Attendance enables you to demonstrate key aspects from the Code of Professional Responsibility/ Standards for the Teaching Profession (Education Council, New Zealand, 2017.

Students are expected to attend all scheduled course sessions (including on-site intensives for distance students), actively engage with course content and actively participate in course activities (lecture, workshop, Zoom, Adobe Connect or other)  in order to meet the learning outcomes of the course. Students are expected to notify lecturers prior to their absence with an explanation.

Extended absences must be accompanied by a medical certificate or similar (as for aegrotat provisions). Students with less than 80% attendance are at-risk of not meeting the criteria for seeking credit in the course. The course lecturer may require evidence that they have actively engaged with the content and activities of the missed sessions.


Formal and informal evaluation will take place in accordance with the relevant Course Evaluation Policy, to provide feedback to staff about the relevance and validity of what has been learned as well as the quality of course delivery.

Grade moderation

The courses will be internally moderated in accordance with the processes adopted by the Te Kaupeka Ako | Faculty of Education. An examiners’ meeting will be held at the end of the course to determine the final grades and to ensure fairness and consistency.

Late submission of work

All assignments must be submitted on or before the due date. If an assignment is late (without a prior arranged extension) then it will normally not be marked. However, if the course lecturer is notified within 24 hours of the due date and there is a genuine issue, for which evidence must be given, it may be considered but the assignment grade is usually restricted to a minimum passing grade (50%) for that assessment. If the assessment is late it is automatically excluded from a resubmission opportunity unless there are exceptional circumstances.

Other specific requirements

Tertiary literacy standard
Assignments that do not meet a tertiary literacy standard will be marked but that mark will be sanctioned. The student will be given one opportunity to correct the assignment so that it demonstrates tertiary technical writing skills. These skills include the correct use of spelling (including the appropriate use of macrons when spelling Māori words), sentence structure, punctuation, paragraphing and the appropriate use of APA referencing. The corrected work must be resubmitted within seven calendar days.
If the work is at an appropriate tertiary literacy standard the sanction on the mark will be removed. If it is not it will be given a fail grade.

Requests for extensions

Extensions are reserved for exceptional circumstances only and are not granted automatically. The course lecturer responsible for the assessment must be contacted by email a minimum of two working  days before the due date, and the application must be supported by relevant evidence (e.g. medical certificate, letter from counsellor). The student’s course lecturer will then make a recommendation to the course coordinator who will make a final decision. If an extension is granted there will normally be no resubmit given for that assignment. An extension will normally be for no more than two weeks and the date of the extension must be provided to the student in writing.

Extensions will not be granted because of pressure of university study, e.g. several pieces of work being due around the same time. The procedure for extensions is fully outlined in the Te Kaupeka Ako | Faculty of Education Assessment Guidelines.


The decision to grant a resubmission will be made by the course lecturer in consultation with the course coordinator and will be subject to the student concerned having demonstrated a satisfactory level of course attendance and participation.    Normally a resubmit will only be considered for assignments which meets most of the pass criteria and meets the tertiary literacy standards and which is within the ‘D’ range (40.00 – 49.99%).

Assignments which have been resubmitted are restricted to a minimum passing grade (C- or 50%) for that assessment.
The timeframe for students resubmitting work will normally be no more than two weeks and the date of the resubmission must be provided to the student in writing.

Special Considerations

Where for reasons beyond their control, students are prevented from completing an assessment or suffer significant impairment, they may apply for what is known as “special consideration”. University of Canterbury Special Consideration provisions may apply to impaired performance, non-completion of assessment items, and to late discontinuation (withdrawal) from a course.

A detailed description of special consideration and materials to support the applications process are available at: Special Considerations Process.  

Generally speaking, applications for special considerations should be lodged within five working days of the due date of that assessment item. For more details on this, please refer to the Special Considerations Regulations.

This information replaces any previous references to special consideration, Aegrotat or Backdated (Late) Withdrawal in the Course Information System, Learn or Course Outlines. If you are unclear about the implications or process please discuss with your Course Coordinator or contact the Student Advice team for assistance.

Where to submit and collect work

Normally, assignments will be submitted and returned via the Learn site. The lecturer will also ask students to submit assessment work through the software Turnitin, to check for plagiarism. If this option is available students will submit work through Turnitin and obtain a report, after submitting assignments for marking via the Learn site. It is the responsibility of the students to check their emails at least twice a week and ensure Internet access and ability to submit their work via the online system is functioning.  Any technical difficulties should be notified well in advance of the due date so that assistance can be provided or alternative arrangements can be negotiated.

For ICT help call our free call number 0508 UC IT HELP (0508 824 843) or on 03 369 5000.  Monday to  Friday, 8am to 5pm (excluding public and university holidays).

It is a student’s responsibility to uplift marked work and feedback in a timely manner. It is strongly recommended that students retain a back-up copy of all submitted work.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $821.00

International fee $3,750.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see School of Teacher Education .

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