Great Hearts and Minds

Our mission is to provide Christ-centred, biblically informed professional preparation, development and research

At BTI, we believe that people teach, counsel and relate out of who they are. Because of that, we are interested in the growth of our students, not only towards a professional goal, but towards reaching their God-given potential.

Teacher Education graduates 2021
Dr James Arkwright

Dr James Arkwright, Acting Principal

Kia ora, welcome to BTI

At BTI, we are a dedicated and growing community of learners who are motivated by a Christian faith that is meaningful to us and fuels our passion to be agents of positive change.

We are excited to show you our courses and programmes, and we can’t wait for you to join us here at BTI, where great hearts and minds like yours can grow!

of study

Study Teaching, Counselling, Social Work, Postgraduate or level 4 certificate

Social Work and Counselling

If you seek a career where you can journey with others and advocate for them, then our social work and counselling programmes are for you. You will dive deep into your own experiences of life, be equipped with tools and frameworks to help others, engage biculturally, and have significant hands-on experience to prepare you for your profession.

NZ Certificate in Study and Employment Pathways

If you’re interested in studying but are worried about whether or not you’ve got what it takes to be a successful student, we’ve got what you need. The NZ Certificate in Study and Employment Pathways exists to equip students with increased knowledge, skills and confidence in their ability to succeed academically.

Teacher Education

We know that the first 1,000 days in the lives of our tamariki are the most important. So if you have a big heart for shaping children’s minds, a dream for getting the best out of young learners, a commitment to being gracious, secure and teachable, an awareness of Jesus as the Master Teacher, then you should study early childhood, primary or secondary education at BTI.


If you’re already working but want to better integrate your faith with your profession, then our postgraduate programmes allow you to do just that. You’ll learn from top research active staff, engage with other students across Aotearoa New Zealand, and have your eyes opened to new and exciting ways to think about your values and how they inform your profession.

Want to make a difference to individuals, whanau and communities in your career?


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