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Bachelor of Teaching (BTchg)

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Overview

The Bachelor of Teaching (BTchg) degree is a three-year programme 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.

Students will choose one of three endorsements, preparing them for teaching in a specific setting of the New Zealand education system.  Endorsements in Early Childhood Education and Primary Education are offered at both the Dunedin and Invercargill campuses; Primary Bilingual Education (Te Pōkai Mātauranga o te Ao Rua) is offered at the Invercargill campus only. The papers prescribed will provide the range of specialist knowledge and experience appropriate to the chosen programme.

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Information for New Applicants

Applications are submitted through the 'Apply Now' button on this page. Applications should be submitted by the last Monday in August; later applications will be considered, but preference is given to those received by this date.

New international students should contact the International Office for advice on admission to their intended programmes.

Applying for study in your chosen programme is part of the process of enrolling for study at the University of Otago.
You can view the Overview of Enrolment at Otago page for more details.

A guide to what is requested as part of the application process

When submitting your application you will need to provide information related to your personal details, contact information and educational background. You will also need to provide additional information specific to your application; which is detailed below.

  • Candidates for whom English is an additional language must have their English language competency tested with the IELTS assessment tool. Candidates must achieve a 7 or higher across all 4 academic bands for undergraduate teacher education programmes, or 7.5 for graduate teacher education programmes; we require a witnessed copy, which you will then scan and upload to your application.
  • Academic qualifications e.g. university/polytechnic transcript, NCEA, scholarship information or other school leaving qualifications; we require a witnessed copy, which you will then scan and upload to your application.
  • If you have a medical condition you will be required to provide a medical certificate from your Doctor / Specialist regarding your ability to complete a programme at the College of Education. Scan and upload to your application.
  • A Consent to Disclosure form can be downloaded from the application screens. Fill in the fields and sign, then scan and upload to your application.
  • Recent experiences and involvement relevant to a career in teaching; type this out on one page of an A4 sheet and upload to your application.
  • Employment record. Please bullet point the place worked, the position you held and the start and finish dates. Type this directly in to the relevant section of your application.
  • A personal statement telling us who you are as a person, why you wish to enter the programme(s) you are applying for and your strengths. We expect about one page of an A4 sheet. This is to be handwritten; then scanned and uploaded to your application.
  • Confidential referee reports: School leavers please provide one School Leavers Report and one Referee Report. All other applicants please provide two Referee Reports.

    The report templates can be downloaded below, or during the online application process. Fill out the required sections and send to your referees to return directly to us (A freepost address is provided on the form). Your application is not complete until we have received the reports from your referees.

School leavers report
Referee report

Once your application has been submitted

If you are shortlisted you will be contacted to arrange an interview. If your application has not been successful you will be notified of this via your e:Vision student portal.

If your interview is successful you will be offered a place in the programme via your e:Vision student portal. This may be a conditional offer if there are prerequisites still to be completed, such as NCEA or completion of a Bachelor’s Degree. If you are not successful after the interview you will be notified of this.

If you receive an offer of study you must accept or decline this offer and ensure that you have completed the selection of your papers.

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Contact Details

College of Education

Tel 0800 TO TEACH (0800 868 3224)
Email education@otago.ac.nz

For assistance with submitting your application online, contact the University Information Centre.

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Endorsements

Every Bachelor of Teaching (BTchg) degree programme must be endorsed in one of the following subjects:

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Professional Standards and Criminal Offences

See the Initial Teacher Education - Professional Standards and Criminal Offences Policy.

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Programme Requirements

Bachelor of Teaching (BTchg) endorsed in Early Childhood Education

Students who first enrolled in 2015 or earlier will normally complete the programme under the regulations in force when they first enrolled.

Year Papers Points
1st

EDUC 101 Education and Society

EDUC 102 Human Development

EDCR 101 Exploring Curriculum

EDCR 102 The Languages of Children

EDPR 101 The Practice of Early Childhood Teaching

EDPR 102 Personal to Professional

Subject Studies paper *

EICT 199 ICT Competency Test

ELIT 199 Literacy Competency Test

EMAT 197 Mathematics Competency Test (ECE/Secondary)

Note: Any student who does not pass one or more of EICT 199, ELIT 199, and EMAT 197 at the first attempt is recommended to take EICT 198 Essential ICT for Teaching, ELIT 198 Essential Literacy for Teaching, and/or support appropriate for EMAT 197 (or equivalent courses).

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EDUC 211 The Institutions of Childhood

EDCR 201 Weaving Curriculum

EDCR 202 People Under Three

EDCR 203 Te Ohonga Ake o ngā Marautanga

EDPR 201 Relationships and the Practice of Teaching

EDPR 202 Relationships in Inclusive Settings

Subject Studies paper *

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EDUC 311 Contemporary Understandings of Young Children as Learners

EDCR 301 Living Curriculum

EDCR 302 Debating Curriculum

EDPR 301 Professional Inquiry in(to) Practice 1

EDPR 302 Professional Inquiry in(to) Practice 2

EDPR 303 Politics, Policy and the Profession

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* Programme must include Subject Studies papers worth a total of at least 36 points selected from EDUC, EDSU papers and/or papers from other approved disciplines and subjects.

 

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Bachelor of Teaching (BTchg) endorsed in Te Pōkai Mātauranga o Te Ao Rua (Primary Bicultural Education)

Students who first enrolled in 2015 or earlier will normally complete the programme under the regulations in force when they first enrolled.

Year Papers Points
1st

EDUC 101 Education and Society

EDUC 102 Human Development

EDCR 131 Introduction to English, Mathematics and Statistics

EDCR 132 Music, Dance and Drama

EDCR 133 Health and Physical Education

EDCR 152 He Kākano Noaiho

EDPR 151 Te Mōhiotanga - Professional Studies and Practice 1

EICT 199 ICT Competency Test

ELIT 199 Literacy Competency Test

EMAT 199 Mathematics Compentency Test (Primary)

Note: Any student who does not pass one or more of EICT 199, ELIT 199, and EMAT 199 at the first attempt is recommended to take EICT 198 Essential ICT for Teaching, ELIT 198 Essential Literacy for Teaching, and/or EMAT 198 Essential Mathematics for Teaching (or equivalent courses).

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EDUC 252 How People Learn

EDCR 231 Primary Curriculum English and Mathematics 2

EDCR 232 Introduction to Social Sciences, Technology, Health and PE

EDCR 234 English

EDCR 252 Te Pupuke

EDCR 254 Tikanga- ā-iwi, Ngā Reo, Toi Ataata

EDPR 251 Tikanga Tuku Iho - Te Kete Tuarua

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EDUC 335 Constructions of Learning in Education Settings

EDCR 331 Primary Curriculum English and Mathematics 3

EDCR 334 English and TESOL

EDCR 353 Whakaurunga o ngā Marautanga

EDPR 351 Tikanga Tuku Iho - Te Kete Tuatoru

EDPR 333 Professional Practice 3B

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* Subject Studies papers

 

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Bachelor of Teaching (BTchg) endorsed in Primary Education

Students who first enrolled in 2015 or earlier will normally complete the programme under the regulations in force when they first enrolled.

Year Papers Points
1st

EDUC 101  Education and Society

EDUC 102  Human Development

EDCR 131  Introduction to English, Mathematics and Statistics

EDCR 132  Music, Dance and Drama

EDCR 133  Health and Physical Education

EDPR 131  Te Weu - Professional Studies and Practice 1

Subject Studies paper*

EICT 199  ICT Competency Test

ELIT 199  Literacy Competency Test

EMAT 199  Mathematics Competency Test (Primary)

Note: Any student who does not pass one or more of EICT 199, ELIT 199, and EMAT 199 at the first attempt is recommended to take EICT 198 Essential ICT for Teaching, ELIT 198 Essential Literacy for Teaching, and/or EMAT 198 Essential Mathematics for Teaching (or equivalent courses).

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EDUC 252  How People Learn

EDCR 231  Primary Curriculum English and Mathematics 2

EDCR 232  Introduction to Social Sciences, Technology, Health and Physical Education

EDCR 233  Social Sciences, Learning Languages and Visual Arts

EDCR 234  English

EDPR 231  Te Aka - Professional Studies 2

Subject Studies paper *

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EDUC 335  Constructions of Learning in Education Settings**

EDCR 331  Primary Curriculum English and Mathematics 3

EDCR 332  Curriculum Pedagogy and Content**

EDCR 334  English and TESOL

EDPR 331  Te Puāwaitanga - Professional Studies 3

EDPR 333  Professional Practice 3B

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* Programme must include Subject Studies papers worth a total of at least 36 points selected from EDUC, EDSU ppapers and/or papers from other approved disciplines and subjects.

** A student wishing to focus on early years schooling may substitute EDUC 311 for EDUC 335, and may also substitute EDCR 301 for EDCR 332 with approval of the Programme Co-ordinator.

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Regulations for the Degree of Bachelor of Teaching (BTchg)

  1. Admission to the Programme

    1. Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Humanities), on the advice of the Dean, College of Education, who must be satisfied that, in accordance with Section 224 of the Education Act 1989, the applicant satisfies the requirements for admission to an initial teacher education programme.
    2. Applicants whose first language is not English or Mäori must provide certified copies of IELTS (International English Language Testing System) results, including a score of at least 7.0 in the academic version (with no individual component below 7.0), prior to admission.

  2. Structure of the Programme

    Every programme of study must satisfy the requirements for one of the endorsements listed above.

  3. Duration of the Programme

    1. A candidate who has not been granted credit or exemptions from papers on the basis of previous study shall follow a programme of full-time study for not less than three years.
    2. A candidate shall satisfy the requirements for the degree within six years of admission to the programme.

  4. Prerequisites, Corequisites and Restrictions

    1. Every programme of study shall satisfy the requirements for prerequisites, corequisites, and restrictions set out in the Prescriptions (published in the Guide to Enrolment).
    2. Continuation in the programme shall be subject to a candidate’s achieving the required competency in Literacy, Information and Communication Technologies, and Mathematics, prior to enrolment in specified papers as listed in the Schedule of Education Papers.

  5. Credits

    The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Humanities) may grant such credits or exemptions as are deemed appropriate for work previously completed by a candidate.

  6. Cross Credits

    A candidate who is enrolled for the degree concurrently with another degree, or who has completed one degree and is proceeding with the other, may cross credit 100- and 200-level papers which are common to both degrees up to a maximum of 126 points where the other degree is a three-year degree and up to a maximum of 180 points where the other degree is longer than a three-year degree.

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  7. Exclusion from the Programme

    A candidate may be excluded from further study towards the degree by the Associate Dean (Teacher Education), College of Education (clauses (a), (b) and (d)), or the Dean, College of Education (clause (c)), if the candidate:

    1. fails to make satisfactory academic progress (as defined by the Academic Progress Policy);
    2. fails to pass a professional practice paper for a second time:
      1. Early Childhood Education
        EDPR 101, EDPR 201, EDPR 301 or EDPR 302

      2. Te Pōkai Mātauranga o te Ao Rua (Primary Bilingual Education)
        EDPR 151, EDPR 251, EDPR 333 or EDPR 351

      3. Primary Education
        EDPR 131, EDPR 231, EDPR 331 or EDPR 333

    3. fails a component of the professional practice programme due to unprofessional or unethical behaviour, under which circumstances the student may be excluded from the professional component of the qualification.
    4. fails to pass any other compulsory paper in three attempts.

  8. Examinations

    1. A candidate, who is enrolled for the Primary option or Primary Bilingual option for the degree and who has satisfied the internal assessment requirements for a compulsory curriculum studies paper but who has obtained a D grade in the final examination, may be permitted to sit a special examination for the paper or papers concerned, provided that the candidate has not failed more than half the total points for the year. In this event, the candidate will be required to repeat all the failed papers.
    2. Any candidate who is repeating a paper shall not normally be admitted to a special examination for that paper.

  9. Withdrawal from and Readmission to the Programme

    1. A student who withdraws from the programme at any time and wishes to be readmitted to the programme at a later date shall be required to apply to the Associate Dean (Teacher Education), College of Education, for readmission.
    2. The period of temporary withdrawal from the programme shall not normally exceed one year following the year of withdrawal.
    3. Applications for readmission should normally be received by the Associate Dean (Teacher Education), College of Education, no later than 1 November in the year preceding desired readmission.

  10. Variations

    The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Humanities) may in exceptional circumstances approve a course of study which does not comply with these regulations.

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