Faculty of Education


Programme review and enrolments for 2016

While the Faculty of Education undertakes a review of the teacher education programmes that are currently offered, it has been decided that there will be no first year intake into the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Teaching in 2016.

Students currently enrolled in the BA/BTeach may complete the programme as planned.

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Alex Southall

“I really believe that Victoria and this degree creates great teachers who are ready, willing and able to take on anything in the classroom”
Alex Southall

Conjoint degree programmes combine study in two teaching subjects with teacher education. You can combine a BTeach with a BA or a BSc.

The programmes are designed to produce well-educated teachers who can teach to the objectives described by the National Curriculum statements in primary and secondary schools. They feature a combination of lectures, workshops, tutorials and teaching experience in schools. They are taught on campus at the Kelburn or Karori Campuses.

The BTeach component of each conjoint degree comprises a blend of theoretical study and classroom experience and successful completion qualifies graduates to teach at both primary and secondary levels. The programme focuses on:

  • assisting you to develop your understanding of educational contexts
  • general pedagogical knowledge
  • curriculum courses which lead to the acquisition of knowledge and skills needed to implement the National Curriculum
  • development of specific skills which will enable you to teach confidently and competently.

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Admission and Entrance

For entry into any teacher education qualification, you will need to be assessed and accepted by the Faculty of Education as suitable for the teaching profession. This involves meeting set criteria, having supportive referees, making declarations about any criminal convictions or health and disability issues, being proficient in the English language and successfully taking part in an assessment exercise. Go to admission and entrance for more information about entry to teacher education qualifications.

Students taking the BA/BTeach conjoint degree programme need to obtain permission to re-enrol for each year of study after the first admission. Students are required to achieve a B- average over the courses completed in their previous year to gain permission.

Qualification Structure

Rebecca Courtney

“The BA/BTeach is structured in a way that allows us to focus on both of our degrees at the same time. Victoria has allowed me to contextualise my learning and gain practise in the teaching field—not just knowledge”
Rebecca Courtney

The conjoint degree programme is structured in such a way that study in your first and second years will be mainly in your teaching subject disciplines. The subsequent years introduce the BTeach components in combination with subject courses.

Your BTeach study starts in the summer trimester of your first year with the course EPSY 131 Teaching - What's It All About? and includes a week observing in both a primary and a secondary school. This study continues in the second year with one course in trimester 1, one course in trimester 2, three courses in trimester 3 and a four-week teaching experience in trimester 3 - two weeks in a primary school and two weeks in a secondary school.

In the third and fourth years of your programme you will spend one trimester of each year in full-time BTeach study. In these trimesters you will have teaching experiences totalling 14 weeks.

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Approved Teaching Subjects

Students should normally major in one subject from table below, and take a second subject (from a separate curriculum area in the same table) to 200 level.

If you wish to do two full majors in your conjoint degree programme, and/or choose your second teaching subject from an area not in your degree table (ie from another degree) you should discuss this with your Faculty Student Academic Services Office.

An alternative pathway into teaching involves completing a degree (with appropriate subjects for those aiming for secondary teaching) and then applying to enrol in a one year teacher education programme for graduates. Options are a Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Primary, Secondary or Early Childhood) or a Master of Teaching and Learning (Primary or Secondary).

In special circumstances selected courses from subjects outside this list may be approved for the 200-level subject. The individual programmes of all students will be the focus of advice and approval during enrolment.

In the table below, "BTeach Curriculum Area" means Curriculum Studies Subject and relates to subjects taught in schools.

Teaching Curriculum Area BA Degree Subject
Arts Theatre
English English Literature
Learning Languages Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Māori Studies*, Samoan Studies, Spanish, Te Reo Māori
Mathematics Mathematics, Statistics
Social Sciences (specifically Economics, Geography, History, Social Studies) Economics, Geography, History

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Assessment policy, the grading system and criteria to pass will be identified at the beginning of every course.  All courses have assessments comprising assignments, tests and may have examinations.

Key Dates

The first BTeach paper for students starting the conjoint qualificatoin is EPSY 131. This course runs in the summer trimester at the end of the first year of study.

How To Find Out More

You can order more information on this subject using our Request for Study Material form.

Victoria's Student Recruitment, Admission and Orientation Office offers advice on courses and help with planning your degree.

If you want to find out more about this conjoint qualification, please contact:

For the BTeach component:

Student and Academic Services Office
Faculty of Education
Level 3, Tennant Block
Karori Campus
Phone: 04-463 9500
Email: education@vuw.ac.nz

For the BA component:

Student and Academic Services Office
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Level 4, Murphy Building
Kelburn Campus
04-463 5745
Email: fhss-enquiries@vuw.ac.nz

Enrol online at: www.victoria.ac.nz/enrol

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BTeach Courses

For more information about the structure of this programme, see the Faculty of Education Handbook.

For course information go to the Course Finder and search under the following subjects:

  • For EPOL courses, select the subject Education Policy & Implementation
  • For EPSY courses, select the subject Educational Psychology & Pedagogy
  • For KURA courses, select the subject Education Māori Pasifika & Indigenous
100 Level Courses
EPOL 132 – Teaching the Arts
EPOL 133 – Teaching Technology
EPOL 134 – Teaching Health and Physical Education
EPSY 131 – Teaching - What's It All About?
EPSY 132 – Building Learning Communities
KURA 135 – Learning Languages
200 Level Courses
EPOL 231 – Literacy
EPOL 233 – Teaching Science
EPOL 234 – Engaging Learners in Society
EPOL 251 – Music Curriculum Study 1
EPOL 252 – Performing Arts Curriculum Study 1
EPOL 253 – Visual Arts Curriculum Study 1
EPSY 231 – Teaching and Learning for Success
EPSY 232 – The Learner at the Centre of Teaching
EPSY 233 – Motivating Students to Learn and Achieve
300 Level Courses
EPOL 324 – Teaching English
EPOL 325 – Teaching Mathematics
EPOL 361 – English Curriculum Study
EPOL 362 – Learning Languages Curriculum Study
EPOL 363 – Mathematics and Statistics Curriculum Study
EPOL 364 – Music Curriculum Study 2
EPOL 365 – Performing Arts Curriculum Study 2
EPOL 366 – Science Curriculum Study
EPOL 367 – Social Sciences Curriculum Study
EPOL 368 – Technology Curriculum Study
EPSY 331 – Becoming a Skilled Professional
KURA 371 – Marautanga Māori o Aotearoa

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