Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education)
OP7030Closed to new enrolments
Our Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) will ready you for a rewarding career educating and caring for infants and young children.
Cost$15,406 NZ Domestic
Not including any course materials or external exam fees.
Practicum Vaccination Information
Learners entering practicum placements from 5 April 2022 onwards are no longer required under the Government’s COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Order 2021 to be vaccinated.
However, individual early childhood education centres hosting practicums may still have vaccination requirements in place that Open Polytechnic learners, academic staff and adjuncts may need to adhere to.
If you are enrolling into a practicum course and are concerned about your ability to meet centre requirements, please contact email@example.com to discuss your options.Learn more
You will gain the skills and knowledge needed with the Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) to work as a registered early childhood teacher in a variety of settings including:
- early childhood centres
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.
This qualification is NZQA recognised, and approved by The Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand . When you graduate you can apply for teacher registration.
This programme is now closed to new enrolments. Please head to our new OP7031 Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) if you are a new learner wanting to enrol.
If you were already enrolled in OP7030 Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) up to and including Trimester 2, 2021, you can continue to enrol in your next course as normal to complete your qualification.
As per the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand regulations for this degree, you will have an overall maximum of six years to complete your studies from the time you started your first course in the programme.
If you need help with a study plan to complete your qualification in this timeframe, please contact us.
Programme overview video
Watch the video to get an overview view of our Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) from Avril Maxwell, Senior Lecturer in Education.
What you will learn
When you achieve the Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) you will:
- be able to work effectively with young children their parents, families and whānau
- be able to plan for a safe, high-quality teaching and learning environment
- know about current early childhood education and care practices
- understand the importance of the people, places and things that children value
- understand how bicultural, multicultural, social and political contexts that influence teaching and learning
- know the ethical, legal and professional responsibilities of teaching.
Juliette - Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) graduate
This programme includes 18 courses delivered using a personalised, blended learning approach. You will access courses online, along with academic support from lecturers and interactions with other students.
You will have face-to-face contact with lecturers and other students at workshops, noho marae and tutorials. You will also complete practicum.
We will hold workshops, including noho marae, in central regional locations. Their exact locations will depend on student numbers. Locations may include Northland, Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, New Plymouth Palmerston North, Lower Hutt/Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin.
You will need to attend 10 workshops, including three noho marae during your degree.
Workshops and Noho Marae under COVID-19
All workshops and noho marae will have an online option for Trimester One 2022.
We appreciate your patience as we navigate the changing environment and determine suitable options for students.
Noho marae are two-day workshops held over at urban and rural marae around New Zealand. They will give you the chance 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.
My role at the Open Polytechnic is to support our ECE students throughout their study. Regional Lecturers have a group of students that they mentor in their area, meaning that this is a unique method of flexible learning, where you are able to study via distance, but also have a local point of contact. I am available to point my students in the right direction for support on their course work and any other questions they may have around academic study. I also offer support and guidance to students throughout their placements in Early Childhood Centres.Shannon Nearey - Regional Lecturer, ECE
Practicums give you the chance to work with children and alongside qualified early childhood teachers. They will help you integrate your learning in to every day teaching experiences.
During your degree, you need to do four five-week practicums in a number of approved licenced early childhood centres. Each practicum is an assessed course. You will do one in years one and two of your degree, and two practicums in the final year.
During each practicum:
- you will have support from an associate teacher working in the early childhood centre and your regional lecturer.
- you will complete at least 35 working hours per week working 5-6 hours per day with the children
- you will be part of all aspects of the centre’s programme during this time.
We will support you to find suitable practicum placements. Before each practicum, you will also attend practicum workshops to prepare you.