UniversityUniversity of Canterbury
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As an early childhood teacher you have the chance to teach infants, toddlers and young children when they are most open to learning. The rapid rate of development in children of this age and their natural desire to learn makes for a hugely gratifying environment in which to work.
The Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Early Childhood) (BTchLn(Early Childhood) is an internationally recognised qualification that prepares you for a teaching career, educating children in their vital early years of life, from 0–6 years of age. This degree is available to study full-time or part-time:
How do I plan my degree?
The Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Early Childhood) requires 360 points as follows:
Successful graduates meet the requirements for provisional teacher registration with the Teaching Council of New Zealand.
A UC degree in Early Childhood teaching means you will be able to join a skilled and collaborative teaching profession. Early Childhood graduates can work in a range of early childhood settings including early learning centres, childcare centres (public and private), hospitals and government agencies.
Many graduates have gone on to own and operate their own early childhood businesses.
Teaching skills of management, communication, coordination, responsibility and organisation are prized in many professions such as management, policy and advocacy, publishing, politics and business.
Distance study option
If you would like to study by distance you will typically need to attend up to two on-site intensives, one of which is a two week on-site intensive at the beginning of the programme. This will be held in Otautahi Christchurch.
Applicants must have completed New Zealand University Entrance through NCEA; or Cambridge International Examinations (CIE); or International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) or any other equivalent overseas qualification.
Selection for entry is based on:
Applicants must also satisfy our English language entry requirements:
Please note: the English language proficiency requirements for entry to Initial Teacher Education programmes are set by the Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand and are higher than the standard university requirements.