Course details

Bachelor of Teaching (Primary)
NZQF Level 5

About the course

Gain the knowledge to be a great teacher

Become a primary teacher and help New Zealand children get off to a great start in life. This degree works in close partnership with primary schools to give you a balance of theory, self-directed learning and practical experience.

As a candidate teacher, you’ll experience two days a week in a school. On-campus, for two days a week you’ll learn the theory and current practice underpinning teaching subjects, such as language and literacy, mathematics, science, social studies, art, technology, health and physical education.

Graduates can apply for registration as a provisionally certified teacher.


The Bachelor of Teaching (Primary) degree (BTP) offers you 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 activity, while the practice-based component enables you to apply your on-campus learning to practice in classrooms. This qualification prepares you for further post-graduate study should you choose to do so.

You will attend EIT | Te Pūkenga Hawke’s Bay two days a week and a designated primary school two days a week.

You are welcome to make an appointment to discuss your study options with our staff and to view our facilities.

Your future career and study opportunities

Graduating with a degree in primary teaching 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.

Further your study with a postgraduate qualification on offer across the Te Pūkenga network.

Required application forms

To be able to process your application we require the following forms to be completed and returned to [email protected]

Student profile

EIT Bachelor of Teaching (Primary) student Georgia Donnelly is loving the practical component of her degree. She compares her study to a three year interview with great opportunities to make industry contacts and score herself her dream job!

Academic learning services

Academic Learning Services is here to assist you on your journey towards the successful completion of your studies at EIT | Te Pūkenga. Our aim is for you to become confident, competent and independent learners.

We have dedicated advisors who can assist with your learning.

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Hawke’s Bay Campus
Tairāwhiti Campus

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.