New Zealand Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 5)
The New Zealand Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care will ready you for a rewarding career educating and caring for infants and young children.
Approximately 10-12 hours study per course per week.
Study type Trimester
Cost$4,980 NZ Domestic
Not including annual administration fees, course materials or external exam fees.
You will gain the skills and knowledge needed to work as an early childhood teacher, in a variety of settings including:
- early childhood centres
- puna reo and other language immersion settings.
You can study this qualification full or part-time, so you can keep working and living your life. You can also study from anywhere in New Zealand.
What you will learn
When you achieve this qualification you will have the skills and knowledge to:
- apply knowledge of early childhood education, learning, and development theories and approaches
- promote learning by implementing the early childhood curriculum framework, Te Whäriki
- provide a healthy, safe, and inclusive environment
- maintain collaborative relationships with a wide range of people in an early childhood education and care community
- engage in reflective practice in an early childhood setting
- apply professional standards, legal requirements, and ethical principles in a socially and culturally responsive mannera
- understand the principles inherent in te Tiriti o Waitangi/Treaty of Waitangi and the place of Mäori as tangata whenua
- practice in a culturally responsive manner informed by children’s language, culture and identity.
We deliver this programme using a mix of teaching and learning approaches. You will have paper-based course content, which you will also be able to access online.
You will also have face-to-face contact with your lecturers and other students during:
- Orientation (65000)
- Tangata Whenua (65103) workshops
- at tutorials
- during your teaching experience (practicum) in the Professional Practice and Pedagogy (65105) course.
We will hold workshops in central regional locations including:
- Palmerston North
You will attend four mandatory workshops during the entire programme. One of these is a two day orientation workshop.
Noho marae are two-day workshops held over at urban and rural marae around New Zealand. They will give you the opportunity to build the skill and knowledge needed to teach in a bi-cultural context.
We hold tutorials every trimester. They will give you the opportunity to explore your learning with the personalised support of regional lecturers.
This learning can be further explored with other students in online group forums.
The Professional Practice and Pedagogy (65105) course includes a five-week practicum. This will be at an approved licensed Early Childhood Centre. The practicum will give you the chance to work with children, alongside qualified early childhood teachers. This will help you integrate your learning in to everyday teaching experiences.
During your placement you need to work at least 35 hours and take part in the routines of the early childhood centre.
Upgrade from diploma to degree
If you have a Diploma in Teaching (Early Childhood Education), we offer three options so you can upgrade to a degree. To complete the upgrade you need to:
- complete up to three courses and workshops
- be a registered teacher
- provide us with your academic transcript when you apply.