The Bachelor of Teaching and Worldview Studies is a primary example of what happens when Laidlaw College’s vision of a world shaped by love, compelled and informed by the gospel, is embedded within an applied degree. Recognised and approved by the New Zealand Teachers Council, the BTch & WVS equips graduates with a deep relational view of God and people that impacts their presence in the classroom, the way they encounter children and their parents, and how they value ongoing learning and discovery, in themselves and in others.
Much of the BTch & WVS graduate’s learning has been achieved in the school classroom, meaning that throughout the degree they have been learning to integrate skills and knowledge with their faith in an authentic way.
Graduating students of the BTch & WVS are outstanding teachers, qualified to work in both primary and intermediate state and private schools throughout New Zealand. They are knowledgeable and critically reflective educational professionals who can work within primary education in New Zealand and special character schools. The degree equips graduates with core professional teaching units of relevance to their future within the teaching profession, integrating theory and practice from the start - classroom experience begins in the first semester.
The aim of the degree is to develop teachers who are effective facilitators of lifelong learning as well as adherents to professional standards. Laidlaw College seeks to prepare graduates for the teaching profession in a manner that resonates with their Christian faith and that is consistent with the Graduating Teacher Standards: Aotearoa New Zealand (NZTC, 2007), and Registered Teacher Criteria (NZTC 2010).
The BTch & WVS is offered at the Auckland campus only.
Education Academic Handbook (2013) (1033 KB)
|Level:7, 360 credits
|Duration: Full-time for three years
|Application: Early: until 30 November (or prev year)
| Final: until 3 February
|Campus: Auckland only
|Tuition Fee: $5,166 plus Student Services Fee (120 credits)
The BTch & WVS is a prescribed primary teacher education programme of study. It is made up of 360 credits at levels 5, 6 & 7. It is drawn from three strands throughout which a biblical worldview is integrated. It comprises both taught and research components and requires three years of full-time study.
The degree is aligned according to the following three strands:
- Professional Studies
- Professional Knowledge
- Professional Practice
Laidlaw College seeks to prepare students for the teaching profession in a manner that reflects its Christian ethos and that is consistent with the Graduating Teacher Standards: Aotearoa New Zealand (NZTC, 2007) and the Registered Teacher Criteria (NZTC, 2010).
Graduating students will be qualified to work in both primary and intermediate, public, integrated and private schools throughout New Zealand. The qualification seeks to produce graduates who are knowledgeable, well-informed, self-critical, reflective practitioner-scholars who can integrate theory and practice in teaching with an in-depth
and critical knowledge of the world and an understanding of the goals, scope and nature of education. Theory and practice are integrated from the start, with classroom experience beginning in the first semester.
|Year of Study
|| Number of courses
|| 8 Courses
||5 & 6
| Year Three
|| 8 Courses
||120||5, 6 & 7
|Total|| 24 Courses
General Admission Requirements
• At least 42 NCEA Level 3 credits or equivalent Entry to Level 5
– At least 14 credits at Level 3 or higher in eachof two subjects from the approved subject list.
– The remaining 14 credits at Level 3 or higher taken from no more than two additional approved subjects.
– At least of 14 credits at Level 1 or higher in Mathematics.
– At least 8 credits at Level 2 or higher which show reading and writing skills in English or Te Reo Maori.
NCEA Equivalence can include:
– University Entrance, A or B Bursary.
– Overseas equivalent qualifications, including IB and CIE, or HSC (Australia).
– Other NZQA level 3 (or higher) certificates in similar disciplines to Laidlaw programmes.
– Reference/support/documentation from employer – this will be accepted as equivalent at our discretion and applicant may need to sit assessment for entry.
All Bachelor of Teaching applicants are required to sit an entrance test that focuses on literacy and numeracy skills.
For applicants who do not meet the General Admission Requirements and are aged 20 years or older, the entrance test will be used to determine possible study options. These include:
- Entry to a Level 4 programme.
- Entry to Bachelor of Teaching (Primary) and Worldview Studies.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS
These requirements are in addition to those outlined above and apply to applicants for whom English is not their first language.
Applicants for whom English is not their first language must provide an academic IELTS result of higher than 7.0 for entry to level 5 programmes.
- IELTS 7.0 (with min of 7.0 in writing, reading, speaking, listening)
- Applicants must meet both the academic and English language requirements for the course applied for.
A waiver for the IELTS may be granted:
- For those applicants who have a three year, level 7 (or higher) NZQA qualification which was taught in the English medium and was obtained from an appropriately accredited New Zealand institution, or equivalent qualification taught in the English medium from and overseas appropriately accredited institution in a country in which English is an official language.
- For those who have successfully completed three or more years of schooling at a New Zealand high school, including success of at least NCEA level 1 and NCEA level 2.
Domestic applicants should sign and submit a release form for NZ Police Clearance with their application. International applicants for the Bachelor of Teaching must provide a police clearance certificate from their country of citizenship AND for any country in which they have lived for more than a 12 month period in the last ten years. This police clearance should be less than six months old and be presented at the time of application.
APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCEDURES FOR YEAR ONE
Candidates should request an application form for entry into the BTch & WVS and have submitted this no later than 20 January for entry into the programme. As part of the application process, candidates will be required to arrange for a referee to complete confidential Reference Form.
SELECTION INTERVIEW FOR YEAR ONE
All candidates who have successfully completed the first stage of the application process will be invited to attend an interview and complete an entrance test on literary and numeracy.
Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application within one week of their interview.
RESELECTION PROCEDURE FOR ENTRY INTO YEAR TWO AND THREE
In order to complete each year successfully and transition into the following year of the programme, a student will be required to satisfactorily fulfil the following criteria:
- Complete all academic requirements of the current year
- Demonstrate capability of successfully completing all components of the programme as specified in the Bachelor of Teaching Student Agreement.
For more detailed information, please download the School of Education Academic Handbook on our website.
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