Bachelor of Education (Teaching) Early Childhood Education
BTI is currently New Zealand’s only approved and accredited Christian-based professional preparation degree provider for the ECE sector.
This three-year degree prepares students to teach infants, toddlers and young children in a wide range of early childhood contexts and with Te Whāriki, the New Zealand Early Childhood curriculum. On completion of your degree you will be eligible to apply for teacher registration and provisional certification from the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand. The degree programme also opens doors to further study through postgraduate pathways.
Programme delivery and workload
This degree can be completed on site or via distance learning. However, if you are under 20 years old, you will be required to study on campus in Tauranga. It is also important to note, that all students will be required to attend two compulsory intensive block courses on campus during each year of study.
Full-time study consists of approximately 4 courses per semester and requires a commitment of at least 40 hours per week. Courses are made up of practical experience, face to face online sessions and/or online course work, academic reading and research, assignment preparation and community life.
All students will have the opportunity to complete professional practice experiences throughout their programme in a range of licensed early learning services including public, private and community-based early childhood education and care centres and kindergartens. Students will gain experience in working with infants, toddlers and young children with the equivalent of eight weeks in Year One, a six week block in Year Two and two blocks of five and six weeks in Year Three – 25 weeks in total.
Part-time options are also available for this programme. Please contact us to discuss how this might work for you.
WHY TRAIN TO BE AN ECE TEACHER AT BTI?
Choose to study your degree in early childhood education with BTI and benefit from staff who are motivated by our Christian faith to:
BTI is the only accredited Christian-based professional preparation provider for the ECE sector in NZ
BTI Bachelor Of Education (Teaching) Graduate Profile
Bethlehem Tertiary Institute seeks to graduate wise teachers who are developing a gracious, secure and teachable character; motivated by love, informed by faith and inspired by hope.
They are characterised by inquiry into their own learning and teaching for the enhancement of further learning, whether their own or that of their students. They are committed to learning and teaching that is relational, responsive and transformative. They have the humility to understand, acknowledge and honour difference, resulting in mutually beneficial relationships. They honour the role of parents, whānau and caregivers. They show tenacity and resilience in the face of disequilibrium, challenge and setbacks.
"What I really appreciated about BTI was the emphasis not only upon the practicalities of teaching, but also the “person” that you bring to teaching. We were challenged to grow not only as teachers, but also as individuals. The genuine care of the staff for those they teach and small-scale size of the campus meant that classes were full of good things, including cupcakes and lots of personalised learning."
GRADUATES OF BTI’S BACHELOR OF EDUCATION (TEACHING) UNDERSTAND:
- The implications one’s worldview has for identity, meaning-making, motivation and resilience
- The parameters of the Biblical meta-narrative and its contribution to daily living and decision making, in both professional and personal life
- The nature of the Treaty of Waitangi and its implications for living in Aotearoa today
- The teacher’s responsibility as leader of learning and role model
- The complexity of teaching due to the interrelatedness of its component factors
- The critical nature of wise planning, teaching and assessment
- Unique learners and patterns of learning
- The characteristics of effective teaching, including what to teach in their specific sector
- Historical, philosophical, social, cultural, and economic factors that influence the context within which learning and teaching in Aotearoa/New Zealand occur
- Content and pedagogical content knowledge foundational to effective practice within their educational sector
- Key sector-specific documents that influence learning and teaching in Aotearoa/ New Zealand
They have the skills necessary to:
- Articulate and justify a personal sense of vocation and vision for their professional practice
- Develop educational practice that is relational, responsive and transformative
- Draw on their developing personal philosophy and knowledge of learning and teaching for planning and implementing wise, innovative and effective ethical practice
- Engage with research and contextual evidence as a basis for their ongoing professional inquiry and resultant practice
- Notice, recognise and respond as they gather, analyse and evaluate evidence of student learning in order to be accountable for that learning
- Communicate effectively to a range of audiences through verbal, written, or visual media, including information and computing technologies
- Design and organise rich learning experiences that maximise learning opportunities within a differentiated and nurturing environment
- Include ngā tikanga Māori, te reo Māori and ngā toi into their practice in an authentic and respectful manner
- Make theoretically and philosophically informed decisions to maximise their students’ learning
LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL CANDIDATES
All candidates must provide proof of language competency (English or Te Reo Māori) before entering an Initial Teacher Education (ITE) programme. There are a range of ways to demonstrate competency. Click here for details about the language competency requirements as stipulated by the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand.