Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education)
Our Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) 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 Mixed
Cost$14,940 NZ Domestic
Not including annual administration fees, course materials or external exam fees.
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
- 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.
This qualification is NZQA recognised, and approved by the Education Council New Zealand. When you graduate you can apply for teacher registration.
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, Palmerston North, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin.
You will need to attend 10 workshops, including three noho marae during your degree.
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.
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.
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.