Course Overview

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This teaching degree prepares you to work as a trained teacher in early childhood education. Once you graduate, you’ll be able to apply for your teacher registration. And our graduates are in demand! Enthusiastic, motivated students often get job offers following their placements.

During your study you'll learn the principles of the national early childhood curriculum, Te Whāriki. You'll deepen your understanding of child development and cultural diversity.

Bi-culturalism is embedded into the course. You'll enhance your knowledge of te ao Māori (Māori world view) and mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge).

As part of the course you spend time working at an early childhood centre – we find the placements for you! With supervision from qualified teachers you'll develop your confidence in children’s learning.

Upon successfully completing the requirements you'll receive the award of:

  • Bachelor of Early Bachelor of Teaching Early Childhood Education: Te Tohu Paetahi Whakaako Kōhungahunga

Additional qualifications included:

  • Diploma in Early Childhood Education
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Study options

3 years full-time, including holidays (if applicable)

If you have already completed the Diploma in Early Childhood Education, you can finish this course in 2 years.

Part-time study available

Total credits 360
StudyLink assistance Available
Indicative Fees $6,846 per year for domestic students View full fees information
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Career opportunities

  • Application for registration as a teacher in early childhood education.

Topics you'll cover

Year One

  • Ngā Ritenga Tahi: Professional Practice 1
  • Te Whakatakinga Marautanga: Introduction to Curriculum
  • Te Aronga Rangahau: Introduction to Research
  • Ngā Kōhungahunga: Infants and Toddlers
  • Ngā Ritenga Rua: Professional Practice 2
  • Ngā Rereketanga-Ahurea: Diversity
  • Te Reo me ōna Piringa: Language and Literacy
  • Te Puawai

Year Two

  • Te Horopaki Akoranga Kohungahunga: The Context of Early Childhood Education
  • Ngā Ritenga Toru: Professional Practice 3
  • Putaiao/Hangarau: Science and Technology
  • Ngā Mahi Toi: The Arts
  • Te Takoto o te Hāpori Whānui: Outdoor and Community Environments
  • Te Kawa o te Marae
  • Te Puawai 2

Year Three

  • Te Kaihautu Mātanga hei Kairangahau: The Professional Practitioner as a Researcher
  • Ngā Ritenga Whakaako: Professional Practice 4
  • Aromatawai: Assessment and Planning
  • Pangarau: Mathematics
  • Te Ture Pāpori-Kotahitanga: Social Justice and Inclusion
  • Rangahau 2: Practice Based Research
  • Te Puawai 3

Course Fees

Indicative Fees * $6,846 per year for domestic students

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Student Loans and Allowances

This course meets the requirements for student allowance and student loan applications through StudyLink.

  • A student loan helps to pay for your course fees (the compulsory fees), study materials e.g. books, equipment, and living costs. You'll have to pay this money back.
  • A student allowance is a weekly payment that can help with your living expenses while you're studying. You don't have to pay the money back.

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Scholarships are one way you might be able to get some financial help. Any scholarships specifically related to this course are shown below, otherwise check out the full list of scholarships promoted by Toi Ohomai.

Course Entry Information

Entry criteria

  • You must be 17 years old or older;
  • If you are under 20 years old you must meet academic requirements for New Zealand University Entrance or equivalent, AND have four NCEA Level 2 (or higher) credits in both reading and writing;
  • You must have evidence of academic ability (success at NZQA Level 4 or equivalent) and ability to succeed. This may be demonstrated through personal references or testimonials of life and work experience; AND
  • You are required to pass a literacy and numeracy test or provide other evidence demonstrating ability to NCEA Level 2 or equivalent in literacy and numeracy.

Additional Requirements

You must:

  • submit and pass a police check and declare any criminal convictions before enrolment, AND
  • provide two character references

Standard Entry Criteria

Admission, entry, selection, and enrolment into programmes will be in accordance with the Academic Regulations and/or, where approved, specific programme regulations.

English language requirements

You must have an overall International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of at least 7.0 with no band less than 7.0 (Academic).

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Course Locations and Intake Information

Intakes to be confirmed Ask to be notified when the next intake becomes available

Study options

  • 3 years full-time, including holidays (if applicable)
  • If you have already completed the Diploma in Early Childhood Education, you can finish this course in 2 years.
  • Part-time study available

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