Course details

Bachelor of Teaching (Primary)
NZQF Level 7

About the course

With this degree you’ll gain comprehensive knowledge of New Zealand’s school curriculum and the skills required to teach students in a range of socially diverse settings.  This degree is practice-based – you’ll find yourself working alongside experienced teachers in local primary schools for two days a week as part of the programme.  For the other two days you’ll be on campus developing professional knowledge associated with subjects such as language and literacy, mathematics, science, social sciences, the arts, technology, health and physical education.

The Bachelor of Teaching (Primary) offers Candidate Teachers the opportunity to gain a professional qualification as a Primary Teacher, Years 0 – 8 (ages 5 – 13). This is a practice-based teacher education programme, which provides a balance between theory, research and practice. Learning is supported through a combination of face-to-face, online and self-directed study, while the practice-based component enables Candidate Teachers to apply their campus learning to practice in classrooms. This qualification prepares Candidate Teachers for further post-graduate study should they choose to do so.

Candidate Teachers attend EIT two days a week and a designated Primary school two days a week.

Graduating with a Bachelor of Teaching (Primary) paves the way to a challenging and rewarding future educating young minds.  You’ll teach, facilitate and support children in their first eight years of formal learning, in preparation for secondary school and a lifetime of learning.

Please feel free to make an appointment to discuss your study options.  You can meet with our staff in person at our Tairāwhiti or Hawke’s Bay campuses, or simply give us a call on 0800 22 55 348.  And you’re most welcome to visit EIT to view our facilities at any time.



Entry requirements

A person is eligible to apply for entry who meets the following requirements:

Academic Entry Requirement

Has attained a University Entrance (UE) qualification and is over the age of 17 years at the beginning of the programme’s academic year, or
Non-standard entry for those over 20 years of age: In the absence of the above academic requirements, applicants can satisfactorily prove that they have the potential to succeed in tertiary study at degree level and satisfy the selection panel that they possess all the necessary qualities that make them capable of undertaking the programme of study.

In support of their application, applicants must supply, in a CV, a detailed account of their educational background, evidence of experience with primary aged children, and an openness to learning; this must be supported by references or attestations from persons who have observed the applicant working with primary aged children and can comment on their potential for tertiary study and suitability for teaching.

Professional Requirements 

Provide evidence of the personal and professional qualities appropriate for undertaking a Bachelor of Teaching (Primary) by furnishing two references from persons who are not related to the applicant, using prescribed Referee Forms. One of the referees must be someone who has observed the applicant working with children. The appropriate qualities are specified in the New Zealand Teachers Council’s Good Character and Fit to be Teacher Policy 2007. School leavers must also have their school Principal, Dean or Career Advisor complete the School Report form.
Be free from criminal convictions which would preclude them from working with children.
Sign a declaration and a request for personal information held on the Police computer.
Sign a declaration that they are in good health (having no medical, physical or psychological conditions that would preclude working with children).

English as an Additional Language Applicant Requirements

English as an Additional Language (EAL) applicants must have a band score of 7.0, or higher, for each component of the academic version of IELTS.

International Applicant Requirements

Those not schooled in New Zealand must have the equivalent of University Entrance if under 20 at the beginning of the programme’s academic year (Exemptions apply-refer to NZTC Document ‘Approval, Review and Monitoring Processes and Requirements for Initial Teacher Education Programmes’ Oct 2010).

Internal Selection Processes

Upon the application satisfying eligibility to apply requirements, the applicants are then required to participate in an internal selection process. This is the first step to ensure applicants have the qualities and dispositions which will enable them potentially to meet the Professional Teaching Standards.

A panel comprising an EIT primary programme teacher educator, who may be assisted by a primary sector representative or other EIT academic representative, conducts these.

The selection process consists of two parts:

An interview process and
A (diagnostic) assessment of applicants’ literacy, numeracy and information technology competency.

The interview will be conducted in an equitable, professional manner with every endeavour to make applicants feel at ease. Applicants are welcome to bring family/whanāu for support. Areas considered by the interviewers are:

Personal qualities
Professional qualities
Knowledge and experience of working with primary school aged children
Other work and community experience
Cultural knowledge / understanding

English Language Entry Requirement/ International Student Entry Criteria

International applicants for whom English is not their first language must have a minimum score of 7.0 in all bands of the IELTS (International English Language Testing System).

Entry with Credit

To date, no applicant has been successful in attempting to cross credit prior learning from another institution. This is due to the unique practice-based features of the degree here at EIT.

Cross credit and recognition of prior learning applications will be processed in accordance with Teaching Council, Institutional and faculty regulations and guidelines:

Teaching Council regulations and guidelines are available via the Teaching Council document: Approval, Review and Monitoring Processes and Requirements for Initial Teacher Education Programmes
Institutional regulations and guidelines are available via the Quality Management System (QMS) and the Academic Statute
Faculty regulations and guidelines are available in the following documents
Faculty of Education, Humanities and Health Science Cross Credit Regulations
Faculty of Education, Humanities and Health Science. Recognition of Prior Learning Policy & Procedures and Ancillary Documents

The maximum amount of credit achievable by cross credit or recognition of prior learning is 240 credits. Recognition of prior learning is not available at Level 7.

International entry requirements

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

A person who meets the following requirements is eligible to apply for entry:

ACADEMIC ENTRY REQUIREMENT

In support of their application, applicants must supply in a CV a detailed account of their educational background, evidence of experience with primary school aged children, and an openness to learning; this must be supported by references or attestations from persons who have observed the applicant working with primary aged children and can comment on their potential for tertiary study, and suitability for teaching.

PROFESSIONAL REQUIREMENTS

Be free from criminal convictions which would preclude them from working with children.
Provide evidence of the personal and professional qualities appropriate for undertaking a Bachelor of Teaching (Primary) by furnishing two references from persons who are not related to the applicant, using prescribed Referee Forms. One of the referees must be someone who has observed the applicant working with children. The appropriate qualities are specified in the New Zealand Teachers Council’s Good Character and Fit to be Teacher Policy 2007. School leavers must also have their school Principal, Dean or Career Advisor complete the School Report form.
Submit a Police Clearance Certificate
Sign a declaration that they are in good health (having no medical, physical or psychological conditions that would preclude them from working with children).

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ENTRY REQUIREMENT

IELTS score of 7.0 (academic) in all bands. A skype interview and references will also be required.

INTERNAL SELECTION PROCESSES

Upon the application satisfying eligibility to apply requirements, the applicants are then required to participate in an internal selection process. This is the first step to ensure the applicants have the qualities and dispositions which enable them potentially to meet the Professional Teaching Standards.

A panel comprising an EIT Primary programme Teacher Educator, who may be assisted by a Primary sector representative or other EIT academic representative, conducts these.

The selection process consists of two parts:

An skype interview process.
A diagnostic test to measure applicants’ literacy, numeracy and information technology competency.

The interviews will be conducted in an equitable, professional manner with every endeavour to make applicants feel at ease. Applicants are welcome to bring family/whānau for support. Areas considered by the interviewers are:

Personal qualities
Professional qualities
Knowledge and experience of working with primary school aged children
Other work and community experience
Cultural knowledge and understanding

About the provider

The Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT) offers you over 160 qualifications from certificate and diploma, to degree and postgraduate level at campuses in Hawke's Bay, Tairāwhiti (Gisborne) and Auckland.

Or learn at one of our Regional Learning Centres situated in Hastings, Maraenui, Ruatoria, Waipukurau and Wairoa.

EIT Hawke's Bay is one of New Zealand's most attractive campuses with superb architecture and shaded outdoor areas for study on warm days. EIT Tairāwhiti two campuses are located in the heart of Gisborne, near the Taruheru River, and you can get more central than EIT Auckland location on Queen Street!

When you choose to study at EIT you'll get the kind of experiences that will help you gain the knowledge and skills to get ahead, whether you want to break into your chosen career or change direction in life.

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