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Master of Early Childhood Education

This course is available


Level of Study

Master's Degree


1.5 years

Next start date

Expected May 2024


New Zealand Tertiary College


This Master’s degree aims to advance scholarship in curriculum, leadership, advocacy and ethics at a postgraduate level through coursework. This Master’s is advantageous for those who wish to develop expertise in a specific area of educational practice.


  • Children and Families in Early Childhood Education
  • The Authentic Leader
  • Communities of Learning: Making Connections in Early Childhood Education
  • Research Methods in Early Childhood Education
  • The Arts in Early Childhood Education
  • The Effective Early Childhood Manager
  • The Ethical Self in Early Childhood Education
  • Working with Adults: Participating in Dynamic Relations
  • The Philosophy of Early Childhood: Historical and Modern Perspectives
  • Wellbeing in Early Childhood Education
  • Special Topic
  • Directed Study

Further study pathways

New Zealand Tertiary College qualifications have been designed to link easily into each other, providing you with a flexible range of pathway options into higher level study.

Upon completion of the Master of Early Childhood Education you may be eligible to apply for the Master of Education (ECE).

Mode of learning

  • Online - Online is a flexible mode of learning without face-to-face attendance requirements. All study is conducted through NZTC Online. Courses are completed and assessed online, and you are part of an online learning community where you can interact with other students and lecturers through online discussion forums to assist your learning.
  • Blended Learning - This mode of learning blends the flexibility of online learning with workplace learning and practical experience. All students have access to NZTC Online for learning including course materials, research and support materials, and assessment submission and return, while learning in their workplace.

Entry criteria

All applicants must:

  • Hold a Level 7 Bachelor’s degree (360 credits), or higher qualification (Applicants who have gained their qualification outside of New Zealand will have their qualification assessed by NZTC but may need to provide an NZQA International Qualifications Assessment confirming the level and credit value of the bachelor’s degree) OR completed the requirements of the Postgraduate Diploma in Education from NZTC
  • Declare any physical or learning disability, or diverse needs that may impact on your performance as a student

Students are required to provide proof of their English language competency by meeting the language criteria defined in Rule 18 of the NZQF Programme Approval and Accreditation Rules 2013 for a level 8 qualification.

Please note:

Credit for prior formal learning may be awarded towards this qualification at the discretion of the College

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