Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Early Childhood Education)
The aim of the Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Early Childhood Education) is to equip ākonga with a recognised, flexible and applied teaching qualification in the early childhood education context.
Cost$5,420 NZ Domestic
Not including any course materials or external exam fees.
Practical courses connect theory with practice and are strongly aligned with sector needs to ensure work-ready graduates equipped with skills and knowledge required for teaching positions or for further study at postgraduate level.
What you will Learn
Graduates of this programme will be able to:
- Apply in-depth understanding and knowledge of te Tiriti o Waitangi, te reo Māori and tikanga Māori in early childhood education settings to support Māori learners to enjoy educational success as Māori;
- Utilise skills for engaging appropriately and effectively with tamariki, their parents, families and whānau, as well as colleagues, stakeholder professionals and external organisations;
- Utilise current research and critical reflection to analyse effective practices to continually improve design for learning and teaching during practicum in early childhood education settings; and
- Apply professional learning and collaboration within and beyond their early childhood education settings.
You will access courses online with academic support from academic staff members. Contact with academic staff members and other students will occur via iQualify talk channels, at noho marae and during practicums over the course of your study.
Ākonga participate in one compulsory noho marae (overnight stay) during the programme. Noho are held regionally so that ākonga have an opportunity to connect with local tikanga and kawa (marae protocols and Māori practices) and te reo Māori. These are an important part of partnering with local iwi.
For ākonga enrolled in Te Tiriti o Waitangi in Education, below are the dates and locations of the noho marae offered in the first half of 2024 (details for noho marae offered in the second half of 2024 will be posted once confirmed). Please note that while these dates and venues are as confirmed as they can be, a change might occasionally be required.
- Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland: 11-12 May 2024, Ngā Kete Wānanga Marae, MIT
- Rotorua: 18-19 May 2024, Tangatarua Marae
- Te Awa Kairangi ki Uta/Upper Hutt: 13-14 April 2024, Ōrongomai Marae
- Ōtautahi/Christchurch: 4-5 May 2024, Ōnuku Marae
- Ōtepoti/Dunedin: 25-26 May 2024, Puketeraki Marae
Throughout this programme you will complete two practicums, totalling 80 days. You will be guided by an Associate teacher as you engage with tamariki, whānau, and the wider community.
During practicum, you will be supported to make progress towards specific Key Teaching Tasks. Towards the end of your practicum, you will have an opportunity to demonstrate your progress and ability to meet the Standards for the Teaching Profession.