In this field-based, practical programme you will develop the skills to become a competent, informed and reflective early childhood teacher who is committed to young children and their learning and development. We believe people learn through participation and we value the experience and insight you'll gain from working in early childhood centres. There will be plenty of opportunities to relate these experiences to theory during campus sessions. When you graduate, you will be eligible to become a registered teacher in licensed early childhood education centres.
- Teacher registration: once you've completed this degree, you can apply for teacher registration with the New Zealand Teachers Council.
- We aim for informed and reflective teaching based on observation and understanding of how people learn.
- A thorough grounding in educational theory and relevant practice of teaching and learning, child development, relevant te reo and tikanga Maori and working with children and their families in Aotearoa New Zealand.
- Emphasis on teaching practice: you'll be working (paid or voluntary) in a licensed early childhood centre for at least 12 hours per week during the programme.
- Experience teaching in a range of centres: each year you will also take part in a practicum, working full-time in an early childhood education centre for 37.5 hours per week.
- A strong emphasis on the New Zealand early childhood curriculum document, Te Whariki, and a bicultural and sociocultural approach to learning.
- Acknowledgment of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, which prepares you to implement te reo Maori me ona tikanga in your teaching practice.
- A focus on research: you'll develop an understanding of research methodologies with a particular emphasis on action research (self-study) in an early childhood setting.
Semester one of the Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Eduction) is a common semester. Students from a range of health, social science and education programmes study together, giving you a good understanding of where disciplines overlap and how they fit together.
The common semester is delivered using a blended learning format. This includes face-to-face sessions with your tutors, as well as workshops where you can practice tasks with your classmates. You’ll use digital resources like Google Docs and Moodle to access course materials, and join webinars to discuss ideas. There are also ‘eventorials’ – big shared learning events where you can meet staff and students from all the disciplines.
The blended learning approach gives you more control over what you learn and how you learn. You can access course materials when you’re ready to, and build knowledge through your own research. These are really important skills that will prepare you for the rest of your studies - and your career.
To be eligible for admission, applicants must meet the general, or the discretionary, or the special admission requirements and they must also meet any programme-specific admission requirements. Applicants must also meet the English language requirements and may be interviewed.
Generic Admission Requirements
Applicants must have:
- A minimum of 42 credits at NCEA Level 3 or higher on the National Qualifications Framework, with 14 credits at Level 3 or higher in each of two subjects from an approved subject list, with a further 14 credits at Level 3 or higher taken from no more than two additional domains on the National Qualifications Framework or approved subjects plus a minimum of 14 credits at Level 1 or higher in Mathematics or Pangarau on the National Qualifications Framework, plus a minimum of 8 credits at Level 2 or higher in English or Te Reo Maori; a minimum of 4 credits must be in Reading and a minimum of 4 credits must be in Writing; OR
- At least 3 ‘C’ passes in the New Zealand University Bursaries Examinations; OR
- Successful completion of the Unitec Certificate in Foundation Studies: Whitinga Level 3 with a relevant pathway, where appropriate;OR
- Certificate of University Preparation (Level 4); OR
- Certificate in Foundation Studies (Level 4); OR
Applicants must have:
- Attained the age of 20 years on or before the first day of the semester in which study for the degree is to commence; AND
- Have provided sufficient evidence of aptitude or appropriate work or other life experience that would indicate a potential successful outcome in the qualification.
In exceptional cases an applicant who does not meet the general admission requirements and who has not reached the age of 20 on or before the first day of the semester in which study for the degree is to commence may apply for discretionary admission.
In assessing whether to grant discretionary admission in exceptional cases, the primary focus will be on the applicant’s level of preparedness for study at the required level.
English Language Admission Requirements
General English Language Requirements
Applicants must have achieved a minimum standard of English as demonstrated by a minimum of 8 credits at NCEA Level 2 in English (4 in Reading, 4 in Writing).
International Students for whom English is not their First Language
Applicants must have achieved one of the following:
- Completion of NZ Certificate in English Language (NZCEL), Academic, Level 4;
- An overall IELTS band score (Academic Format) of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5;
- An overall TOEFL pBT (Paper-based Test) score of 550 (plus essay TWE of 5) OR an overall TOEFL iBT (Internet-based Test ) score of 60 (plus writing score of 20);
- Level B2 under the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR);
- First Certificate in English (FCE) with a pass at grade B OR Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) with a score of 52 or higher under the Cambridge International standard tests of English as a foreign language;
- Pearson Test of English (PToE) (Academic) with a score of 50;
- City & Guilds Internal English for Speakers of Other Languages (IESOL) B2 Communicator with a score of 66.
Existing English Language Proficiency
Applicants may also provide evidence of satisfying one of the criteria for existing English proficiency as specified by the NZQA. For more information please visit the NZQA website.
Programme Specific Admission Requirements
To be admitted to this programme, applicants must also meet the requirements set out in this schedule.
To be admitted to this programme, all applicants must meet the following requirements in addition to the requirement set out in the Bachelor Generic Regulations:
- Be at least 17 years of age when the programme begins; AND
- Be prepared to work in a licensed early childhood centre for a minimum of 12 hours per week for the duration of study in the programme, and pass the interview process, which will assess relationships, literacy and numeracy skills.
- Applicants under 20 years of age must have completed University Entrance or an international equivalent. If over 20 years of age, they must comply with Unitec’s entry requirements.
- Applicants for whom English is an additional language (EAL) must provide evidence of achieving an overall IELTS (Academic) band score of no less than 7.0 in each band of the test.
- Not exempted are applicants whose medium of instruction was fully in English in a university in a country (other than New Zealand or Australia) where English is an official language, and who are graduates at degree level 7;
- Exempted from IELTS examination are:
- EAL applicants who have studied in NZ for a minimum of two years at secondary school, and who had eight, level 2 NCEA literacy credits (4 credits in reading, 4 in writing);
- Applicants whose medium of instruction was fully in English in a NZ or Australian tertiary education organisation and who are graduates at degree level 7 or higher.
Courses and timetables
The following courses are valid for 2015. The courses may be offered as part of the programme. Click on the course links below to see the course details and timetables.
|Te Kete Manaaki Tangata (EDUC5905)||15 credits (0.125 EFTS)||To assist students to develop understandings of Maori values and tikanga through deepening understandings of Te Reo Maori me ona tikanga.|
|Contexts of Early Childhood Education in Aotearoa/ New Zealand (EDUC5911)||15 credits (0.125 EFTS)||To examine the social, cultural and ecological contexts of early childhood education in Aotearoa/ New Zealand, including the diversity of early childhood education services.|
|Partnership and Professionalism (EDUC5912)||15 credits (0.125 EFTS)||To encourage the development of knowledge, skills and attitudes required for early childhood educators to work in professional partnership with whanau and community.|
|Human Development (EDUC5913)||15 credits (0.125 EFTS)||To examine theories of development, in order to gain an understanding of human development across the lifespan and its applications to learning in early childhood contexts.|
|Introduction to Curriculum and Te Whariki (EDUC5915)||15 credits (0.125 EFTS)||To enable students to examine curriculum, observation, planning and assessment in Early Childhood Education including the relationship between play and learning for your children.|
|Enquiry and Communication (HSDV5142)||15 credits (0.125 EFTS)||This course introduces the principles of communication, knowledge construction, and academic literacy and develops scholarly skills in preparation for academic and professional practice|
|Te Kete Manaaki Whenua (EDUC6905)||15 credits (0.125 EFTS)||To further develop Te Reo Maori language skills, advance knowledge of Tikanga Maori, and develop students understandings of Manaaki Whenua and its application in teaching practice.|
|Historical and Current Contexts of Early Childhood Education in Aotearoa/ New Zealand (EDUC6921)||15 credits (0.125 EFTS)||To critically examine the history and current social and political status of early childhood education in Aotearoa/New Zealand and its impact upon centres especially in the Pasifika community.|
|The Ethical Teacher (EDUC6922)||15 credits (0.125 EFTS)||To assist students to extend their knowledge and skills in professional communication and respond to ethical dilemmas in the workplace.|
|Infants and Toddlers: Relating and Playing (EDUC6923)||15 credits (0.125 EFTS)||To assist students to analyse and critically evaluate theoretical perspectives on learning and development of the young child.|
|Curriculum Content Knowledge (EDUC6924)||15 credits (0.125 EFTS)||To enable students to critically examine theories and practices relating to curriculum content knowledge.|
|Research and Research Design in Early Childhood Education (EDUC6927)||15 credits (0.125 EFTS)||To critically assesses the quality of research underpinned by a variety of research methodologies, with a particular focus upon action research.|
|Te Kete Manaki Taonga (EDUC7905)||15 credits (0.125 EFTS)||To enable students to synthesise Te Reo Maori me ona tikanga in their teaching praxis, and articulate their understandings of manaaki taonga and its application in teaching practice.|
|Policy and Discourse in Context: The Early Childhood Education (EDUC7931)||15 credits (0.125 EFTS)||To critically examine social and educational policy, and contemporary discourses and issues relevant to early childhood education.|
|Personal Pedagogy and Leadership (EDUC7932)||15 credits (0.125 EFTS)||The course facilitates the development and justification of a personal pedagogical philosophy for early childhood education in relation to children, whanau and communities. Students will critically analyse ethical, professional and leadership issues guiding their practice.|
|Advanced Curriculum and Pedagogical Documentation (EDUC7935)||15 credits (0.125 EFTS)||To enable students to critically analyse and consolidate understanding of a range of curriculum issues and discourses.|