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Teacher Education

Onsite or Distance Online

If you wish to be an early childhood, primary or secondary school teacher, you can achieve your qualification at BTI.  

BTI began as a trainer of teachers: that’s not only an important part of our legacy, it’s a vital part of our future too. BTI has redeveloped all of our teacher education programmes for 2022, in line with new requirements for teacher education. While the content of the programmes has changed, the heart remains the same: developing wise educators who have great minds, great hearts, and great practice.

Teachers are highly influential in their respective community and through their skills and knowledge, help make a difference to the lives of the younger generation, encouraging them to be their best and succeed in life.

Why study Teacher Education at BTI?

    • Three different programme options: Early Childhood, Primary or Secondary (linked) 
    • A smaller ‘student to staff’ ratio as we really get to know you. 
    • School placement and experience throughout your programme. 
    • Strong relationships with ECE centres, primary and secondary schools. 
    • Highly equipped staff with a passion for what they teach. 
    • A Christian worldview, which is incorporated into our programmes.  
    • Flexible study schedules to suit your lifestyle, which include distance study options, field-based learning for ECE as well as part-time or full-time options. 

    BTI’s Teacher Education programmes are approved and accredited by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority and lead to registration of provisional certification with the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand.

    All programmes equip our graduates to exhibit the aspirational qualities and knowledge base included in the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand’s Code of Professional Responsibility and Standards for the Teaching Profession. 

Early Childhood Teaching

BTI is currently New Zealand’s only approved and accredited Christian-based degree provider for early childhood education (ECE).

Primary Teaching

Studying primary teacher education at BTI will give you the edge over graduates of other primary teaching qualifications.

Secondary Teaching

Our Secondary teaching programme has been redeveloped for 2022 to nurture and equip graduates to be authentic, agentic and accountable professionals

School of Teacher Education leadership team

Teacher Education is taught from the School of Teacher Education at BTI and kaiako are steadfast in teaching and encouraging the next generation of teachers as well as being constantly inspired to conduct their own research and improve BTI’s classroom practices. 

Gayle Te Kani: Head of School of Teacher Education

Karyn Robertson: ECE Programme Leader

Janette Blake: Primary Programme Leader

Daniela Brown: Secondary Programme Leader

Mary Opie: Secondary Programme Leader