Distance and regional study

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Our distance study programmes make university study possible for students who cannot access a local campus. Students can study the programmes listed below part-time or full-time while they work, care for family, or pursue other interests. 

Many distance students want to update their professional knowledge or advance their career with postgraduate study. Whatever your motivation, we can provide a great learning experience and to help you attain your goals.

Your space, your time

If you would like to study our intial teacher education qualifications by distance you will need to reside in Aotearoa New Zealand. You will typically need to attend on-site intensives in Ōtautahi Christchurch, one of which is a an on-site intensive at the beginning of the programme, undertake a community engagement course, as well as attend professional practice placements in schools in Aotearoa New Zealand. If you are enrolled at the Whakatū Nelson and Rotorua ITE Hapori regional campus, you will instead complete a blended model of online and face-to face courses held at your regional campus. 

Courses you can study from home

The BTchLn (Early Childhood) can be studied fulltime over three years or part-time over six years.

Your commitment

Full-time students will need to be able to commit to:

  • About 40 hours a week of independent study.
  • Attendance at two On-site Intensives a year (in Christchurch). All distance Early Childhood students attend a two-week On-site Intensive in February of their first year of study. All other OSIs will be up to one week away.
  • Attendance at two professional practices in Early Childhood Centres each year:
Professional practices  
Year 1 Semester One: 2 weeks Semester Two: 4 weeks
Year 2 Semester One: 4 weeks Semester Two: 5 weeks
Year 3 Semester One: 5 weeks Semester Two: 5 weeks

Part-time study commitments depend on the course structure and may vary from year to year.

Further information

The BTchLn (Primary) is can be studied fulltime over three years or part-time over six years.

Your commitment

Full-time students will need to be able to commit to:

  • 35-40 hours a week of independent study (part-time students 17-20 hours a week, depending on courses taken).
  • Attendance at two On-site Intensives each year in Christchurch or Rotorua (if you are enrolled in the regional programme). Part-time students also attend On-site Intensives. All distance primary students attend a two-week On-site Intensive in the February of their first year of study. All other OSIs will be up to one week away.
  • Attendance at two professional practices in schools each year:
Professional practices  
Year 1 Semester One: 2 weeks Semester Two: 4 weeks
Year 2 Semester One: 4 weeks Semester Two: 5 weeks
Year 3 Semester One: 5 weeks Semester Two: 5 weeks

 Further information 

We offer the Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Teaching as a full-year programme for students with a university degree or a diploma in primary teaching. 

Your commitment:

  • The diploma is only available through distance learning and is studied fulltime over one year or part-time over two years.
  • As a fulltime student you will need to study independently for 40-50 hours a week.
  • You will attend two On-site Intensives in Christchurch over the year of study.
  • You will attend two professional practice placements totalling to 16 weeks each over the period of study.

Further information 

We offer the Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning (Primary) as a 12-month programme for students with a university degree. 

Your commitment:

  • As a fulltime student you will need to study independently for about 40-50 hours a week.
  • Attendance at two, seven-week professional practice placements in schools over the year.
  • Attendance at one On-site Intensives of up to two weeks in Christchurch during the start of the programme.

Further information 

A number of postgraduate and professional development qualifications are also offered by distance. For more information see Postgraduate and Professional Development Programmes.

Requirements and advice for distance students

Regional locations

The Christchurch campus is in Ilam and offers teacher education courses at all levels. We offer our Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Primary) in Nelson and Rotorua.