Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Primary)
If you are inspired by the world around you and wish to make a positive difference in the lives of young people, then a career in teaching or education could be for you.
You will introduce children to the world of learning, and start them on their road to reading, writing and mathematics. It’s a very rewarding and satisfying career in which you can make a real difference in children’s lives. Primary teachers work with children in Years 1 to 8 (ages 5 to 13) in primary, intermediate, middle and area schools.
Primary teacher education students:
- Are interested in working with children and their communities
- Want to teach all school subjects
- Are organised and well prepared
- Are nurturing and enjoy cultivating a love of learning in others.
The BTchLn(Primary) is a professional qualification that prepares you for a rewarding career as a primary school teacher. There are a number of study options available to students including:
- A UC teaching qualification is recognised nationally and internationally as being of high quality.
- Flexible study options as to how you study and where.
- Strong peer support model and dedicated staff.
- International study opportunities, for example in China, Japan and Rarotonga.
Admission to UC with University Entrance, or equivalent, is required to enrol for a Bachelor's degree. Domestic applicants over 20 who do not hold University Entrance, or equivalent, may gain admission by providing evidence of their ability to complete tertiary study successfully. For information on gaining admission to UC teacher education programmes please see the Guide to Applying.
Students for whom English is a second language are also required to meet the IELTS requirements for teacher education.
Specific entry requirements
The BTchLn(Primary) has one intake each February. Selection for entry is based on:
- academic ability, involvement and interest in working with children, community involvement, communication skills and other personal qualities as outlined in the Guide to Applying
- a police check, referees' reports and an interview
- a short literacy and numeracy test.
English language requirements
Students for whom English is an additional language must provide evidence of their English language ability as follows:
- IELTS (Academic) 7.0, with no individual score below 7.0; or
- at least two years of successful study in a New Zealand secondary school, with at least ten NCEA Level 2credits in Literacy (five reading and five writing) or equivalent.
How to apply
Applications open on 1 August and close four weeks prior to the start of the programme in early February, or when places are filled.
For more details on entry requirements and the teacher education application process see the Guide to Applying.
Typical degree structure for Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Primary)
For full course requirements go to the Regulations for the Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Primary).
Each small block represents a 15-point course. However, some courses may be 30 points (or more).
The Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Primary) requires a total of 360 points:
- 60 points from Education courses
- 90 points from Professional Inquiry
- 45 points from Professional Practice
- 165 points from Curriculum Studies
Courses integrate web-based material, audiovisual resources, video conferences and email. Students will undertake a community engagement course, as well as attend professional practice placements in schools for up to ten weeks per year.
Students can also study part-time for up to six years.
The optional course at 300-level allows students to specialise in an area of particular interest in their third year.
For the full degree requirements see the Regulations for the Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Primary).
Distance study option
If you would like to study by distance you will typically need to attend up to two on-site intensives per year, one of which is a two week on-site intensive at the beginning of the programme. This will be held in Christchurch unless you are enrolled in the regional programme in Nelson and Rotorua.
Placements and learning in schools
You will attend two professional practice placements per year, one each semester, as well as undertake a community engagement course. Placements are arranged by the College of Education, Health and Human Development.
- Bachelor of Teaching and Learning with Honours
- Postgraduate Certificate in Education
- Postgraduate Certificate in Specialist Teaching
- Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
- Postgraduate Diploma in Education (with endorsement options in e-Learning and Digital Technologies in Education, Hōaka Pounamu: Te Reo Māori Bilingual and Immersion Teaching, Inclusive and Special Education, Leadership, Literacy, Positive Behaviour Support, and Teaching and Learning Languages.
- Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching
- Master of Computer-Assisted Language Learning
- Master of Education
- Master of Specialist Teaching
- Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
- Doctor of Education
- Doctor of Philosophy
Successful graduates meet the requirements for provisional teacher registration with the Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand (EDUCANZ).
Primary teaching graduates are employed in teaching and management positions in primary, intermediate, middle and area schools in New Zealand. Internationally recognised, many BTchLn(Primary) graduates also find work abroad.
Teaching skills of management, communication, coordination, responsibility and organisation are prized by many professions such as management, policy and advocacy, publishing, politics and business.
Find out more about what you can do with a degree from UC.
For assistance with planning your programme of study contact the Liaison Office (new students), or a College of Education, Health and Human Development Student Advisor (advancing students).
For the full degree requirements see the Regulations for the Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Primary). For more information on facilities, resources and staff see the College of Education, Health and Human Development | Te Rāngai Ako me te Hauora.