Bachelor of Education (Teaching) Primary
BTI seeks to graduate wise teachers who are developing a gracious, secure and teachable character; motivated by love, informed by faith and inspired by hope.
This three-year degree prepares students to teach primary and intermediate school children in a wide range of educational settings and with the New Zealand Curriculum. Graduates from this programme are eligible to gain registration and provisional certification with the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand.
The programme of study includes courses organised in the following interrelated strands: Personal integration and Professional Inquiry, Learning, Teaching and Curriculum Studies and Foundations and Perspectives in Education.
Programme delivery and workload
This degree can be completed on site or via distance learning. It is important to note that if you decide to study via distance, there are two compulsory intensive block courses on campus during the year. There is an expectation however, that students under 20 years old would study on campus and recommended that students under 25 choose to do the same at least for the first year.
Full-time study requires a commitment of at least 40 hours per week. Courses are made up of lectures and/or online course work, tutorial groups, academic reading and research, meeting assessment expectations, community life sessions (if onsite) and preparing for upcoming course sessions.
Professional practice experience placements are also a part of the course workload and can be completed within a range of school settings and year levels, in consultation with students. These are 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 may work for you.
WHY TRAIN TO BE A PRIMARY TEACHER AT BTI?
Motivated by our Christian faith we:
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.
"The programme and learning support offered at BTI helped me to go above and beyond the necessary requirements of my degree."
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
Job Outcomes For BTI Primary Teaching Graduates
Our programmes are shaped by stakeholder feedback. We know that by working closely with students, alumni and schools to continually improve our courses, we ensure that they are fit for purpose.
Our students have a high success rate when it comes to gaining employment after completion of their qualification. 100% of our B.Ed. (Teaching) Primary students, who completed their programme in 2018, had secured employment for 2019 before the end of the year. This is considerably higher than the national average.
The skills that BTI students learn are not just focussed on the specific practice skills required, they also learn transferrable skills such as problem solving, communication and team-working. We believe that this approach, together with the graduate's understanding of "who they are" and "how they teach" makes them highly desireable to stakeholders and this leads to successful job outcomes.
To learn more, please read our Programme Information (located at the top right of this page) or APPLY NOW
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.