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Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education)

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Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree


3 years

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Providing essential knowledge and skills for a successful career in a number of early childhood related roles, this degree focuses on the major aspects of early childhood education, exploring current issues and trends without the requirement of practice.

Courses are divided up into three stages of study. Each stage is a full-time study year of 40 weeks.


  • Becoming a Professional Early Childhood Teacher
  • Holistic Development in the Early Years
  • Early Years Pedagogy
  • Culturally Responsive Early Childhood Education
  • Assessment, Planning and Teaching
  • Social Competence in Early Childhood
  • Wellbeing of the Child 1
  • Cultural Diversity in Early Childhood Education
  • Child Study 1
  • Language, Literacy and the Creative Arts
  • Infants and Toddlers
  • Mathematics, Science and Technology
  • Families, Community and Society
  • Growing Teachers as Leaders
  • Wellbeing of the Child 2
  • International Perspectives in Early Childhood Education
  • Child Study 2
  • Tiriti-Based Early Childhood Education
  • Curriculum Approaches
  • Teachers as Leaders
  • Inclusive Early Childhood Education
  • Intentional Teaching for Learning
  • Contemporary Issues and Trends
  • Teaching as Inquiry
  • Intercultural Pedagogy in Early Childhood Education
  • The Ethical Teacher

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 Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education) you may be eligible to apply for the following postgraduate programs.

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Leadership and Management)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Early Childhood Education)
  • Master of Early Childhood Education
  • Master of Education (Early Childhood Education)

You may also be eligible to apply for the Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Early Childhood Education) which upon completion results in eligibility to apply for New Zealand teacher registration.

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.

Students can start on any Monday.

Entry criteria

All applicants must:

  • Have turned 18 years of age prior to starting the program
  • Have University Entrance via either NCEA or CIE OR achieved an equivalent overseas high school diploma OR completed a recognised qualification of at least 120 credits at level 3 or above
  • Declare any physical or learning disability, or diverse needs that may impact on your performance as a student

International 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 7 qualification.

Please Note:

  • Any student who reaches the age of 20 by the commencement of the program and who does not meet the requirement for admission to the program may be granted special admission. Applicants may need to demonstrate academic ability to study at the level required to complete the program successfully
  • Other special admission categories may be applied for and granted at the discretion of the College
  • Credit for prior formal learning may be awarded towards this qualification at the discretion of the College

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