Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education)

Qualification code OP7030

Applications are now open for Trimester 1 2016 intake

The Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) will enable you to excel in a rewarding career educating and caring for infants and young children.

You will gain the skills and knowledge needed to work as a registered early childhood teacher in a variety of settings including kindergartens, early childhood centres and puna reo and other language immersion settings.

You can study full-time or part-time so you can keep working and living your life. The degree is offered nationwide so you can study with us from wherever you are
in New Zealand.

It is also recognised by NZQA and is approved by the Education Council New Zealand. When you graduate you will be able to apply for teacher registration.

Upgrade from diploma to degree

We offer three upgrade options which enable you to upgrade your Diploma in Teaching (Early Childhood Education) to a Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) by completing up to three courses and workshops. You need to be a registered teacher and provide us with your academic transcript when you apply. 

For more information view the brochure below or request a brochure to be sent to you. If you have any questions please contact us.


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  • Level 7  
    Credits 360 
  • Workload

    Approximately 10-12 hours study per week for each 20 credit course. This may be higher at assessment or exam time.

  • Study type Trimester  
  • Cost $14,900 NZ Domestic

    Approximate total cost for the full qualification based on 2015 fee information. This does not include annual administration fees, fee increases, textbooks, course materials or external exam fees.

  • Student loan

    Eligible for student loans, if you meet the criteria. Student loans and eligibility

What you will learn

When you achieve the Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) you will:

  • how to work effectively with young children their parents, families and whānau
  • how to  plan for a safe, high-quality teaching and learning environment
  • about current early childhood education and care practices
  • the importance of the people, places and things that children value
  • how bicultural, multicultural, social and political contexts that influence teaching
    and learning
  • the ethical, legal and professional responsibilities of teaching.

Blended learning

The programme is made up of 18 courses which are delivered using a personalised, blended learning approach. You will access courses online with academic support from lecturers and interactions with other students.  Face-to-face contact with lecturers and other students will occur at regional workshops, noho marae and tutorials over the course of your study. 


Workshops including noho marae are held in central regional locations including Northland, Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Palmerston North, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin. The exact location depends on student numbers. You will need to attend 10 workshops including three noho marae during your degree.

View the workshop schedule for Trimester 1 2016

Noho marae experience

Noho marae workshops are held over two days in at urban and rural marae around New Zealand and give you the opportunity to build your skills and knowledge required to teach effectively in a bi-cultural context. 



Tutorials held locally every trimester give you the opportunity to explore your learning with the personalised support of regional lecturers and this learning can be further explored with other students in online group forums.


During your degree you will complete four five-week practicums in a number of approved licenced early childhood centres. The practicum offers you the opportunity to work alongside children and qualified early childhood teachers and to integrate your learning in relation to every day teaching experiences. You will attend practicum workshops each year to prepare you for the practicum experience and will be supported to find suitable practicum placements.

There is one practicum placement in year one and two of your degree and two practicums in the final year. During each practicum you will be supported by an associate teacher who works in the early childhood centre and by your regional lecturer. While on practicum you will complete a minimum of 35 working hours per week working 5-6 hours per day with the children and will be involved in all aspects of the centre’s programme during this time. Each practicum is an assessed course.

Upgrade from diploma to degree

We offer three upgrade options which enable you to upgrade your Diploma in Teaching (Early Childhood Education) to a Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) by completing up to three courses and workshops. You need to be a registered teacher and provide us with your academic transcript when you apply.

Key dates

The degree is run on a trimester basis, with two intakes per year.

Trimester 1, 2016

Mid January-Early February 2016 - Shortlisting and interviewing of prospective students

8 February 2016 - Re-enrolments close for Trimester 1

8 February 2016Applications for Trimester 1 new admissions close

22 February 2016 - Trimester 1 officially begins

28 February 2016 - Graduation ceremony attendance applications close

20 March 2016 - Last day for withdrawing (with refund)

22 May 2016 - Last day for withdrawing (no refund)

26 June 2016 - Trimester 1 officially ends.

Trimester 2, 2016

7 May 2016 - Applications for Trimester 2 2016 new admissions close

Mid May 2016 - New admission applications shortlisted

Early June 2016 - New admissions applicants interviewed

27 June 2016 - Re-enrolments close for Trimester 2

11 July 2016 - Trimester 2 officially begins

7 August 2016 - Last day for withdrawing (with refund)

9 October 2016 - Last day for withdrawing (no refund)

13 November 2016 - Trimester 2 officially ends.

Enrolment dates

Assessment and exam

Every course is assessed differently - some require assignments and others exams. Check the individual course pages for more information.

Information about assessment and exams

Courses you could do in this qualification

For information about selecting courses to study towards this qualification, check out the Choose courses tab.

You must read the information provided within the Qualification Structure table, which details the order in which courses must be studied to complete a valid qualification.

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