Faculty of Education and Social Work

Bachelor of Education (Teaching) - Early Childhood Education

Gain a qualification to become an early childhood teacher and enjoy teaching young children in a range of early childhood settings including kindergartens, crèches and early childhood centres.

Quick facts
3 years or 6 years part-time
Taught at
Epsom Campus
Points per degree 360
Start date Semester One


  • Qualifies you to apply for registration to teach in early childhood settings.
  • Strong emphasis placed on practical experience in a variety of early childhood services and centres.
  • Lecture-free days in Years 2 and 3 allow you to balance study with work and family commitments.

What you'll learn

In the first year you will:

  • Be introduced to the profession of teaching and the early childhood curriculum Te Whāriki.
  • Develop your knowledge in science, art, Māori language and culture.
  • Undertake your first blocks of practicum in the field.

In subsequent years you will:

  • Build on the knowledge you have gained in your first year of study.
  • Undertake advanced study of education and the curriculum Te Whāriki.
  • Gain more practical experience in the field.

View the full list of courses, and find out about practicum and assessment for the programme

Career opportunities

You will be eligible to apply for registration as a practising teacher and to teach in a range of early childhood settings including kindergartens, crèches and early childhood centres both in New Zealand and overseas.

This qualification will give you the opportunity to earn a salary at degree level and is a pathway to leadership and management positions.

More Careers in Early Childhood Education

Further study

After completing a BEd(Tchg) degree you could go on to postgraduate study to further your knowledge and skills and to enhance your career and salary opportunties.

The faculty offers a wide range of options, including:

You could then go on to study at masters and doctoral level. See the Faculty of Education and Social Work Postgraduate Prospectus for more information.

For more information about how to become a practising teacher visit the Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand website

*The PGDipEd includes an Early Career Teaching specialisation to support you in your transition from provisionally registered to fully registered teacher status. It also provides a fourth year of academic study that will qualify you for Q3+ salary status.

Application for Admission

To apply for Admission into this programme, go to Applying and enrolling.

English language requirements

Applicants who have English as an additional language and are not a graduate at degree level (Level 7 or higher) from a New Zealand or Australian higher education institution will need to provide an Academic IELTS assessment. The Academic IELTS assessment must have a minimum score of at least 7.0 or higher in each of the IELTS modules. If you have studied at secondary school in New Zealand for at least two years, and have achieved, Level 2 NCEA University Entrance literacy credits, you will be exempted from the ITE Academic IELTS requirement. For University Entrance literacy you must have eight credits (4 in reading, 4 in writing) if gained prior to 2014 else ten credits (5 in reading, 5 in writing) from 2014 onwards.

Further information is on the Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand website.


If you already hold a teaching diploma in ECE you may be eligible to apply for the Bachelor of Education (Teaching) Teachers' specialisation. Contact the Faculty of Education and Social Work for more information.

Phone: 0800 61 62 63
Fax: +64 9 623 8950
Email: education@auckland.ac.nz