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New Zealand Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 4)

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17 weeks

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Educators are always in demand and teaching skills are highly transferable. Working with children is a rewarding, challenging, fun and diverse career.

The Level 4 programme includes 115 hours of work placements and will enable you to build on the skills and knowledge you developed at Level 3. You’ll learn how to practice as an inclusive educator, promoting diversity and the place of Maori as tangata whenua.

Career opportunities: Childcare Support Worker; Home-based Carer; Nanny; Education Support Worker; Tertiary Teacher; Private Educator; Industry Educator; Staff Trainer

Entry criteria

Learners must be 17 years old.

For applicants over 20 years old, there are no academic entry requirements. In exceptional circumstances, an applicant under the age of 20 who does not meet the academic entry requirements may be granted entry to the programme where they supply evidence of their ability to succeed on the programme.

Students need to have achieved a secondary school qualification that is equivalent to New Zealand’s NCEA levels (National Certificate of Educational Achievement). Entry requirements vary from country to country.

IELTS test: General or Academic score of 5 with no band score lower than 5; TOEFL paper based test (PBT): Score of 500 (with an essay score of 4 TWE); TOEFL internet based test (IBT): Score of 35 (with a writing score of 14); Cambridge english qualifications: B2 First or B2 First for Schools with a score of 154. No less than 154 in each skill; Pearson test of english (ACADEMIC): PToE (Academic) score of 36; Language Certificate: B1 Achiever IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill.

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