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BTI Celebrates Master’s Graduates

The first cohort of students to complete the Bethlehem Tertiary Institute (BTI) Master of Professional Practice degree were applauded at a milestone graduation event on May 13.

Masters graduateThree students graduated with the new qualification, having completed their studies whilst working in their chosen fields of practice.

“They should be very proud indeed,” says BTI Dean Dr Andrew Smith.

BTI is one of just five tertiary providers in the country to gain NZQA approval to deliver the qualification, and offers the only faith-informed option for Christian professionals. These include teachers, social workers, counsellors, principals, managers, leaders and lawyers, as well as those working in other people-helping roles.

Graduating Master’s student Sue Baker commenced her learning journey with BTI almost two decades ago, completing a Diploma of Teaching (Primary) in the late 1990’s and a Bachelor of Education (Primary) in 2012.

"I've been teaching in the classroom for sixteen years. Right from the start, I knew that I had found my place and then sixteen years on I started to ask myself again, ‘Why am I here’? BTI's Master of Professional Practice couldn't have been a better fit,” says Sue.

“As a Christian professional, I just knew from my previous study experience that, not only was this qualification right for me, it was also the right place to study!"

Study is by distance and available throughout New Zealand. Whilst attendance at half yearly intensives is recommended in order to build relationships with others in the programme, only one 3-day onsite intensive is compulsory.

According to Dr Bev Norsworthy, Postgraduate Programme Coordinator and Head of Teaching & Learning, BTI’s Master of Professional Practice programme is the ideal way to bring together Christian values and professional practice.

"So many Christians find themselves living a life where their Christian lives are vibrant but where their professional practice is 'added on' or 'on the side',” she says.

“One of the most important things that happens for students in BTI's Master of Professional Practice programme is that they get a much deeper understanding of who they are, how God has made them and how He has equipped them with the passion, skills and personality that are perfect for His work here on earth".

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