Study Options



3 years


Level 5-7

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Get the Knowledge to be a Great Teacher

With this degree you’ll gain comprehensive knowledge of New Zealand’s school curriculum and the skills required to teach students in a range of socially diverse settings.  This degree is practice-based – you’ll find yourself working alongside experienced teachers in local primary schools for two days a week as part of the programme.  For the other two days you’ll be on campus developing professional knowledge associated with subjects such as language and literacy, mathematics, science, social sciences, the arts, technology, health and physical education.


The Bachelor of Teaching (Primary) offers Candidate Teachers 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 study, while the practice-based component enables Candidate Teachers to apply their campus learning to practice in classrooms. This qualification prepares Candidate Teachers for further post-graduate study should they choose to do so.

Candidate Teachers attend EIT two days a week and a designated Primary school two days a week.

Please feel free to make an appointment to discuss your study options.  You can meet with our staff in person at our Tairāwhiti or Hawke’s Bay campuses, or simply give us a call on 0800 22 55 348.  And you’re most welcome to visit EIT to view our facilities at any time.

Career Opportunities & Outcomes

Graduating with a Bachelor of Teaching (Primary) 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.


There is one entry point per year:

  • Mid February


Entry requirements

International entry requirements

Student Profile

gerogia-320x320EIT 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. Our aim is for you to become confident, competent and independent learners.

We have dedicated advisors who can assist with your learning.

Find out more:

Hawke’s Bay Campus
Tairāwhiti Campus


EIT offers a variety of scholarships across various subjects and programme levels.  Some scholarships are based on your age, some are specific to the subject you want to study.  Not all scholarships are based on your academic ability and anyone wanting to study should investigate what scholarships are available to them.  

You can find a list of EIT scholarships here however there are many more scholarships offered nationally.  Information about these is on an database called “givME”. givME is accessible at EIT or at some public libraries. If you would like to come to EIT to look through the giveME database don’t hesitate to contact or call in for a chat.