Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education)

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7, 360 3.0
Full-time for three years
Starts February or July
55 places (February intake), 55 places (July intake) 
Mt Albert campus
Semester dates for 2014:
Semester 1: 24 February - 29 June; Semester 2: 21 July - 21 November

NZ$5265 (Approximate fee only, find out more about the costs of study)

International fees

Programme summary

Do you want to foster young children’s love of learning and make a difference in their lives? Would you like to develop the skills and knowledge to make a difference for them, for their whānau/family and society?

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.


Last edited: 20 November 2013