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New Zealand Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 6)

This course is available


Level of Study



1 year

Next start date

Expected May 2024


New Zealand Tertiary College


This program equips students with an in-depth pedagogical knowledge of the major early childhood curriculum areas: language, literacy, the creative arts, mathematics, science and technology; family and community; and foundations for leadership in an early childhood context.


  • Language, Literacy and the Creative Arts
  • Infants and Toddlers
  • Mathematics, Science and Technology
  • Families, Community and Society
  • Growing Teachers and Leaders
  • Wellbeing of the Child 2
  • International Perspectives in Early Childhood Education
  • Child Study 2
  • Field Practice 2
  • Tiriti-Based Early Childhood Education

Field Practice

Students wishing to complete the Field Practice course are required to complete 40 days of full-time Field Practice during the program.

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 New Zealand Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 6) you may be eligible to apply for the Bachelor of Education (ECE) or Bachelor of Teaching (ECE). Graduation from the Bachelor of Teaching (ECE) 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 completed the New Zealand Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 5) or equivalent
  • Demonstrate their ability to meet the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand’s Good Character and Fit to be Teacher Policy (2007) criteria.
  • Declare any physical or learning disability, or diverse needs that may impact on their 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 2021 for a level 6 qualification.

Please Note:

  • 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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