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Bachelor of Teaching Early Childhood Education

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Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree


3 years

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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 Whariki. You'll deepen your understanding of child development and cultural diversity.

Biculturalism is embedded into the course and during the three years you build on your understanding and appreciation of the concepts of te ao Maori (Maori world view) and matauranga Maori (Maori 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 Kohungahunga

Additional qualifications included:

  • Diploma in Early Childhood Education


Application for registration as a teaching in early childhood education.

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

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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