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Bachelor of Teaching (BTchg) in Primary Education

University of Otago
3 years
Bachelor's degree
On campus
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Program description

The Bachelor of Teaching (BTchg) degree is a three-year programme (360 points), registered at Level 7 on the New Zealand qualifications Framework, and designed to enable graduates to meet the requirements for initial teacher registration in New Zealand. It provides the initial step for teachers on the road of lifelong professional learning.

The degree is underpinned by four themes and divided into central strands that are designed to promote student reflection on the interrelationship of knowledge and issues presented throughout the chosen programme and to make connections between theory and practice associated with the degree papers.

Primary Education

This programme prepares graduates to teach in the primary and intermediate sector, Years 1 to 8 (children ranging in age from 5-12 years). Papers within this programme address professional teaching issues, subject knowledge, education theory, practical teaching experience and the requirements of the New Zealand curriculum. Students also select to study a subject of their choice, either from the range of subject studies papers offered at the College of Education or from the wider University.

Programme Requirements

1st year

Education Studies

  • EDUC 101 Education and Society
  • EDUC 102 Human Development

Curriculum Studies

  • EDCR 131 Introduction to English, Mathematics and Statistics
  • EDCR 132 Music, Dance and drama
  • EDCR 133 Health and Physical Education

Professional Studies and Practice

  • EDPR 131 Te Weu – Professional Studies and Practice 1
  • Subject Studies
  • Subject Study

Competency Tests

  • EICT 199 ICT Competency Test
  • ELIT 199 Literacy Competency Test
  • EMAT 199 Mathematics Competency Test (Primary)

2nd year

Education Studies

  • EDUC 252 How People Learn

Curriculum Studies

  • EDCR 231 Mathematics and Statistics
  • EDCR 232 Science and Technology
  • EDCR 233 Social Sciences, Learning Languages and Visual Arts
  • EDCR 234 English

Professional Studies and Practice

  • EDPR 231 Te Aka – Professional Studies and Practice 2
  • Subject Studies
  • Subject Study

3rd year

Education Studies

  • EDUC 335 Constructions of Learning in Education Settings

Curriculum Studies

  • EDCR 331 Primary Curriculum English and Mathematics 3
  • EDCR 332 Curriculum Pedagogy and Content
  • EDCR 334 English and TESOL

Professional Studies and Practice

  • EDPR 331 Te Puāwaitanga – Professional Studies 3
  • EDPR 333 Professional Practice 4

Admission requirements

For more information about this program, please contact the school directly.

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 University of Otago

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