The Professional Practitioner: Te Tohunga

    Course details

    • Code: TECE.8001
    • Fee: $1,487*
    • Level: 8
    • Credits: 30
    • EFTS: 0.25
    • Subject: Early Childhood
Study optionsFull-time
Time in class60 (approximate total hours)
Offered (indicative)Semester 1
LocationRotorua (Mokoia)
Related programmes Master of Teaching Early Childhood Education;
Master of Teaching Early Childhood Education (Bilingual);

Course Aim

The course aims to empower students to apply this whakatauki in their practice as professional early childhood teachers. Students will use tika, pono and aroha to inform evidence‐based practice in early childhood centres to ensure the physical, emotional and holistic education and care of infants, toddlers and young children. Students will engage with education policy, legislation, theories and research and think critically about their role as a professional teacher taking into account national and global perspectives. Critiquing perspectives of quality in early childhood education will enable students to articulate their professional values and beliefs and their emerging philosophy of teaching.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to use concepts of tika, pono and aroha to:

  1. Critically analyse theories and perspectives which influence how teachers respond to children.
  2. Critically reflect on the roles and responsibilities of the professional ECE teacher.
  3. Compare, contrast and critique perspectives on quality in early childhood education.
  4. Critically analyse and apply policies and regulations relating to early childhood practice.
  5. Evaluate and use evidence to select effective strategies for working with tamariki, whānau and colleagues in the early childhood context.

*Course cost/fee: Indicative standard fee for New Zealand residents only. Fees for non-New Zealand residents will vary, visit the Programmes and Tuition Fees for International Students information page.

*Course cost/fee last updated 13-Dec-2016

Page last updated: 01 Sep 2017