Faculty of Education
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.
||3 years (part-time options also available)|
|Points per degree||360|
- 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 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.
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.
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:
- Bachelor of Education (Teaching) (Honours)
- Graduate Diploma of TESSOL
- Postgraduate Diploma in Education*
- Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Leadership
You could then go on to study at masters and doctoral level. See the Faculty of Education Postgraduate Prospectus for more information.
*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 eight, Level 2 NCEA University Entrance literacy credits (four credits in reading and four credits in writing), you would be exempted from the ITE Academic IELTS requirement.
Further information is on the New Zealand Teachers Council 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 for more information.
Phone: 0800 61 62 63
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