Explore your options

Early childhood teacher education is practical and hands-on. You’ll build lots of experience working in early childhood education centres for at least 12 hours a week and you’ll perfect your skills with a full-time placement before you graduate.

But first you’ll get a thorough grounding in educational theory, child development and teaching techniques. You’ll also get a good understanding of te reo and tikanga Māori and how to work with children and their families in Aotearoa New Zealand.

All this helps you build the confidence to set foot in an early childhood centre where the experience of teaching itself is invaluable. Back in the classroom, there’ll be lots of opportunities to reflect on what you’ve learnt with your teachers and classmates.

By the end of the programme, you’ll be eligible to apply for teacher registration with the Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand (NZ Teachers Council).

Programmes and study path

Start with a programme that suits your qualifications and/or experience, then progress to a level that achieves your goals.
PROGRAMMELEVELDURATIONCAREER OPTIONSSTART DATES
New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3)3Full-time for 16 weeks or part-time options availableThis programme prepares you for further study at certificate or diploma level.February or July
Certificate of University Preparation (Level 4)4Full-time for 16 weeks or part-time options availableThis programme prepares you ready for degree-level study at universities, institutes of technology and polytechnics in New Zealand.February or July
Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education)7Full-time for three yearsEarly childhood teacher, Head teacher in an early childhood setting, Home-based coordinator/educator, Manager in an early childhood education centre, Hospital play specialist, NannyFebruary or July