Institute of Technology or PolytechnicUnitec Institute of Technology
This course is available
Level of Study
Next start date
Expected Jul 2023
Unitec Institute of Technology
In this practical, field-based programme, you will develop the skills required to become a competent, informed, and reflective early childhood teacher who is committed to young children and their learning and development.
You can earn while you learn, by working at least 12 hours a week in an early childhood centre from day one, plus spending 2 days a week on campus where you will learn to relate your teaching practice to theory. Teaching staff are always on hand to provide pastoral care, and there are also numerous student support services available on campus.
You will also experience a range of practicum placements at other early childhood centres for 16 weeks over three years. When you graduate, you'll be eligible to become a certified teacher in Aotearoa New Zealand.
You will complete at least 12 hours (paid or voluntary) work experience per week during term times. If you are not currently employed, we can help you locate an appropriate centre, which can be located close to your home if you’re not based in Auckland.
Year One: You will complete one 2-week practicum in your first term at the centre where you are on work experience. You will also complete one four-week practicum at the end of the year at another centre, chosen by Unitec in accordance with Teaching Council requirements.
Years Two and Three: You will complete one five-week practicum per year at two other centres, also chosen by Unitec in accordance with Teaching Council requirements.
If you are under 20 years old:
English Language Requirements: IELTS – Academic score of 7.0.