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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.

The BTchg includes an option for students to transfer into the proposed four-year degree/graduate diploma endorsed with an area of specialisation, which will offer an additional year of pre-service teacher preparation with a specialist focus on one curriculum or subject area.

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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 83224)
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

Students graduating with a preservice teacher education qualification are eligible to apply to the New Zealand Teachers Council for registration as teachers.

In view of the requirements of the New Zealand Teachers Council for the registration of teachers and the entitlement of schools, early childhood centres, and other education services participating in teacher education programmes to have confidence in the character and behaviour of College of Education students:

  1. persons who are applying for enrolment in College of Education teacher education programmes must consent to verification from the New Zealand Police and Department of Courts that the applicant has no undeclared criminal charges or convictions;
  2. depending on the nature and recency of the offending, an applicant for admission to a programme may be declined admission by the Selection Committee concerned on the grounds that the applicant is not of good character and/or has been guilty of misconduct (see Education Act 1989, Section 224(113) (a) and (b));
  3. students who are enrolled in teacher education programmes offered by the College of Education must adhere to the professional standards required during the period of the teacher education programme and also must declare any charges or convictions for criminal offences;
  4. any student charged with or convicted of a criminal offence during the period of a College of Education teacher education programme must inform the Associate Dean (Teacher Education) in writing within seven days of such charge or conviction (in the case of a student who is currently enrolled) or before registering for further study (in the case of a student who is not currently enrolled). A determination about the student’s eligibility to continue to study towards the qualification will be made by the Dean of the College of Education on the recommendation of the Associate Dean (Teacher Education).

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Programme Requirements

Bachelor of Teaching (BTchg) endorsed in Early Childhood Education

YearPapersPoints
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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2nd

EDUC 211 The Institutions of Childhood

EDCR 201 Weaving Curriculum

EDCR 202 People Under Three

EDPR 201 Relationships and the Practice of Teaching

EDPR 202 Relationships in Inclusive Settings

Subject Studies papers *

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3rd

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 54 points selected from EDUC and/or 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 Bilingual Education)

YearPapersPoints
1st

EDUC 101 Education and Society

EDUC 102 Human Development

EDCR 131 Primary Curriculum English and Mathematics 1

EDCR 132 Introduction to the Arts and Science

EDPR 132 Professional Practice 1

EDPR 151 Tikanga Tuku Iho - Te Kete Tuatahi

EDSU 106 Te Whiringa o Te Reo*

EICT 199 ICT Competency Test

ELIT 199 Literacy Competency Test

EMAT 199 Mathematics Compentency Test (Primary)

Note: 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 253 He Kākano Noaiho

EDPR 232 Professional Practice 2

EDPR 251 Tikanga Tuku Iho - Te Kete Tuarua

EDSU 107 Tōku Ao, Tōku Tikanga, Tōku Oranga*

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EDUC 335 Constructions of Learning in Education Settings

EDCR 331 Primary Curriculum English and Mathematics 3

EDCR 352 Te Pūpuke

EDCR 353 Whakaurunga o ngā Marautanga

EDPR 332 Professional Practice 3A

EDPR 333 Professional Practice 3B

EDPR 351 Tikanga Tuku Iho - Te Kete Tuatoru

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* Subject Studies papers

 

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Bachelor of Teaching (BTchg) endorsed in Primary Education

Year Papers Points
1st

EDUC 101  Education and Society

EDUC 102  Human Development

EDCR 131  Primary Curriculum English and Mathematics I

EDCR 132  Introduction to the Arts and Science

EDPR 131  Te Weu - Professional Studies I

EDPR 132  Professional Practice I

EICT 199  ICT Competency Test

ELIT 199  Literacy Competency Test

EMAT 199  Mathematics Competency Test (Primary)

Subject Study paper *

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

EDPR 231  Te Aka - Professional Studies 2

EDPR 232 Professional Practice 2

Subject Studies papers *

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3rd

EDUC 335**  Constructions of Learning in Education Settings

EDCR 331  Primary Curriculum English and Mathematics 3

EDCR 332**  Curriculum Pedagogy and Content

EDCR 333  Curriculum Approaches and Innovation

EDPR 331  Te Puāwaitanga - Professional Studies 3

EDPR 332  Professional Practice 3A

EDPR 333  Professional Practice 3B

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* Programme must include Subject Studies papers worth a total of at least 54 points selected from EDUC and/or EDSU papers and/or papers from other approved discipline and subjects

With approval from the Programme Co-ordinator, a student wishing to focus on early years schooling may substitute EDUC 311 for EDUC 335, and EDCR 301 for EDCR 332

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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 Associate Dean (Teacher Education), 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 a preservice teacher education programme.
    2. In accordance with the New Zealand Teachers Council Standards for Qualifications that Lead to Teacher Registration, applicants whose first language is not English or Māori must provide certified copies of IELTS (International English Language Testing System) results, including a score of 7.0 in the academic module (with no individual band 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 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. Recognition of Prior Learning

    In certain cases it is possible for students to have prior non-credentialled learning (i.e. learning which has not been formally recognised with a qualification or other documented record) recognised for the purposes of admission to or credit towards a course or programme. The process of assessing and recording such learning is called Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and any credit granted is termed RPL credit.

    Credit for the following papers may be granted to a student on the basis of RPL assessment:

  8. Exclusion from the Programme

    A student may be excluded from further study towards the degree by the Associate Dean (Teacher Education), College of Education, if the student:

    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 132, EDPR 232, EDPR 332 or EDPR 333

      3. Primary Education
        EDPR 132, EDPR 232, EDPR 332 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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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