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Bachelor of Teaching (BTchg)

Carrington College students

Note: Regulations and schedules for the Bachelor of Teaching (BTchg) will be changing for 2022. See the College of Education website for 2022 programme information.

Overview

The Bachelor of Teaching (BTchg) degree is a three-year programme (360 points), registered at Level 7 on the New Zealand qualifications Framework, 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.

See Themes and Strands for more information.

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Endorsements

Students will choose one of three endorsements, preparing them for teaching in a specific setting of the New Zealand education system.

Early Childhood Education

Papers within this programme address professional teaching issues, Te Whāriki (the early childhood curriculum), educational theory, subject studies and practical teaching experience through placements in early childhood settings. 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.

Offered at both the Dunedin and Invercargill campuses.

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.

Offered at both the Dunedin and Invercargill campuses.

Te Pōkai Mātauranga o te Ao Rua (Primary Bicultural Education)

If you have a desire to develop your own knowledge in Te Ao Māori and are enthusiastic about teaching children you are encouraged to apply for this comprehensive Te Pōkai Mātauranga o te Ao Rua programme. It offers the unique opportunity to become qualified as a primary teacher with increased knowledge of Te Ao Māori. As a graduate of this programme you will have been prepared to deliver the curriculum from a Māori perspective, using both English and Māori and be qualified to teach in primary, intermediate and/or Māori immersion schools.

Offered at the Invercargill campus only.

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Applying

See the following for information about applying for the Bachelor of Teaching:

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Contact details

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

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Programme requirements

Bachelor of Teaching (BTchg) endorsed in Early Childhood Education

Year Papers Points
1st year

Education Studies

EDUC 101   Education and Society

EDUC 102   Human Development

Curriculum Studies

EDCR 101   Exploring Curriculum

EDCR 102   The Languages of Children

Professional Studies and Practice

EDPR 101   The Practice of Early Childhood Teaching 1

EDPR 102   From Personal to Professional

Elective Papers

Elective paper*

Competency Assessment

ELIT 199  Literacy Competency Assessment

EMAT 197  Mathematics Competency Assessment (ECE/Secondary)

EREO 199  Te Reo Māori Assessment

Total points

 

18

18

 

18

18

 

18

18

 

18

 

0

0

0

126

2nd year

Education Studies

EDUC 211   The Institutions of Childhood

Curriculum Studies

EDCR 201  Weaving Curriculum

EDCR 202  People Under Three

EDCR 203  Te Ohonga Ake o ngā Marautanga

Professional Studies and Practice

EDPR 201  Relationships and the Practice of Teaching 2

EDPR 202  Relationships in Inclusive Settings

ENMO 199  Noho Marae

Elective papers

Elective paper*

Total points

 

18

 

18

18

18

 

18

18

0

18

126

3rd year

Education Studies

EDUC 311  Contemporary Understandings of Young Children as Learners

Curriculum Studies

EDCR 301  Living Curriculum

EDCR 302  Debating Curriculum

Professional Studies and Practice

EDPR 301  Professional Inquiry in(to) Practice 3

EDPR 302  Professional Inquiry in(to) Practice 4

EDPR 303  Politics, Policy, and the Profession

Total points

 

18

 

18

18

 

18

18

18

108

Total   360

* Programme must include elective papers worth a total of at least 36 points from other approved disciplines and subjects. Students may select which semester in which to complete elective papers (subject to availability).

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

Students who first enrolled in 2021 or earlier will normally complete the programme under the regulations in force when they first enrolled.

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

Available only at the Southland Campus

Year Papers Points
1st year

Education Studies

EDUC 101   Education and Society

EDUC 102   Human Development

Curriculum Studies

EDCR 131   English and Mathematics 1

EDCR 133   Health and Physical Education

EDCR 152   Kākano Noaiho, Ngā Reo

EDCR 155   Whakatakinga Marautanga me Tikanga ā Iwi

Professional Studies and Practice

EDPR 151   Te Mōhiotanga

Competency Assessment

ELIT 199  Literacy Assessment

EMAT 199  Mathematics Assessment (Primary)

EREO 199  Te Reo Māori Assessment

Total points

 

18

18

 

18

18

18

18

 

18

 

0

0

0

126

2nd year

Education Studies

EDUC 252  How People Learn

Curriculum Studies

EDCR 231  English and Mathematic

EDCR 232  Science and Technology

EDCR 235  Dance and Drama

EDCR 252  Te Pupuke

EDCR 254  Toi Ataata, Toi Pūoro

Professional Studies and Practice

EDPR 251  Te Mātauranga

ENMO 199  Noho Marae

Total points

 

18

 

18

18

18

18

18

 

18

0

126

3rd year

Education Studies

EDUC 313  Equity in Education

Curriculum Studies

EDCR 331  English and Mathematics 3

EDCR 334  English and Mathematics 4

EDCR 353  Whakaurunga o ngā Marautanga

Professional Studies and Practice

EDPR 333  Te Puāwaitanga 2

EDPR 351  Te Māramatanga

Total points

 

18

 

18

18

18

 

18

18

108

Total   360

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

In Curriculum Studies papers, students will focus on the English medium documents, while developing a working knowledge of the parallel marau curricula within Te Marautanga o Aotearoa.

Students who first enrolled in 2021 or earlier will normally complete the programme under the regulations in force when they first enrolled.

Bachelor of Teaching (BTchg) endorsed in Primary Education

Year Papers Points
1st year

Education Studies

EDUC 101   Education and Society

EDUC 102   Human Development

Curriculum Studies

EDCR 131   English and Mathematics 1

EDCR 133   Health and Physical Education

EDCR 135   Introduction to the New Zealand Curriculum & Social Sciences

Professional Studies and Practice

EDPR 131   Te Weu

MAOR 110   Introduction to Conversational Māori

Competency Assessment

ELIT 199  Literacy Assessment

EMAT 199  Mathematics Assessment (Primary)

EREO 199  Te Reo Māori Assessment

Total points

 

18

18

 

18

18

18

 

18

18

0

0

0

126

2nd year

Education Studies

EDUC 252  How People Learn

EDUC 236  Toka Tū Moana - ngā Āhuatanga Māori

Curriculum Studies

EDCR 231  English and Mathematics 2

EDCR 232  Science and Technology

EDCR 233  Visual Arts and Music

EDCR 235  Dance and Drama

Professional Studies and Practice

EDPR 231  Te Aka and Learning Languages

ENMO 199  Noho Marae

Total points

 

18

18

18

18

18

18

 

18 

0

126

3rd year

Education Studies

EDUC 313  Equity in Education

Curriculum Studies

EDCR 331  English and Mathematics 3

EDCR 332  Local Curriculum and Integration

EDCR 334  English and Mathematics 4

Professional Studies and Practice

EDPR 331 Te Puāwaitanga 1

EDPR 333 Te Puāwaitanga 2

Total points

 

18

 

18

18

18

 

18

18

108

Total   360

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

Students who first enrolled in 2021 or earlier will normally complete the programme under the regulations in force when they first enrolled.

Regulations for the Degree of Bachelor of Teaching (BTchg)

  1. Admission to the Programme

    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 Education and Training Act 2020 Section 255(5) (a) and (b), the applicant satisfies the minimum requirements for admission to an initial teacher education programme as specified by the relevant professional body.

    Note: At the time of selection a disposition to teach coupled with a proven academic record, appropriate levels of literacy, numeracy, and commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi including te reo Māori proficiency will be sought. Applicants’ suitability for the programme will be assessed by an interview.

  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 and Numeracy, 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 Head of 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 experience 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 Bicultural 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 experience 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 candidate 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 Head of 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 Head of 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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