Master of Teaching Early Childhood Education

Programme details

Translation Tohu Paerua o te Whakaako i te Mātauranga Kōhungahunga
Code WR3127
Level 9
Credits 180
Duration 1 year
Scholarship available TeachNZ Early Childhood Education Scholarships
IntakesJanuary
Study options Full-time, Part-time
LocationRotorua (Mokoia)
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Programme aim

TeachNZ Early Childhood Education Scholarships available

This programme aims to equip students with the dispositions, knowledge and skills to become critically reflective, intentional, adaptive, registered early childhood teachers in the bi‐cultural contexts of Aotearoa New Zealand. By providing high‐quality, guided practice in authentic settings, the qualification aims to deepen students’ commitment to language, culture and identity as the foundation of children’s learning. Students will participate in communities of practice to foster engagement in research and the integration of theory with practice.

Career opportunities

Leaders and managers in early childhood settings, bilingual and total immersion teachers

Knowledge and skills you will gain

Upon successful completion graduates will be able to:

  • Use children’s language, culture and identity as the basis for their learning.
  • Justify and integrate knowledge of te Ao Māori, te reo Māori and Tikanga Māori when working with children and families.
  • Synthesise pedagogical and content knowledge to enhance the holistic development of diverse learners in early childhood contexts.
  • Interpret, critique and apply contemporary research to assessing and planning for the learning and care of infants, toddlers and young children.
  • Critique and conduct research to inform practice.
  • Integrate into practice the values of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
  • Contribute to communities of practice.
  • Co‐ordinate and evaluate the creative, innovative and safe implementation of Te Whāriki.
  • Implement adaptive expertise in respectful interactions with toddlers, infants and young children, whanau and colleagues to implement Te Whāriki.
  • Champion the rights of children to ethical, participatory, inclusive socially just education.
  • Practice ethically and analyse atypical dilemmas.
  • Evaluate and use technology as a tool for children’s learning and use technology professionally.
  • Perform as critically reflective and evidence based teachers.
  • Critique contextual and historical influences on learning and teaching.

Entry criteria

Admission and entry requirements for this qualification are in accordance with the academic regulations. Applicants also must have:

  • Bachelor’s degree at level 7 consisting of 360 credits; or
  • Bachelor Honours degree at level 8 consisting of 480 credits; or
  • Master’s degree at level 9 consisting of 240 credits; or
  • Hold a Teacher Registration Board or The Council approved diploma in teaching (primary)

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Compulsory courses

Course details
TECE.8001 The Professional Practitioner: Te Tohunga
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...
Credits 30 Intakes Semester 1
TECE.8002 Teaching and Learning: ECE Curriculum studies in Aotearoa New Zealand
Using Māori world views of whakapapa, students will critically examine historical and contemporary theories of holistic development and learning, and extend their content and pedagogical content knowledge. Students will deepen their knowledge of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and other political, historical, social and cultural influences on the development and practice...
Credits 45 Intakes Semester 1
TECE.8003 Practicum 1: Integrating theory with practice and practice with theory
This course is grounded by the whakatauki “Whaowhia te kete mātauranga” (filling the baskets of knowledge). The course aims to support students in adding to their kete mātauranga (baskets of knowledge) of teaching and learning by developing a sustained portfolio of teaching practice within the context of concurrent fieldbased teaching...
Credits 25 Intakes Semester 1
TECE.8004 Practicum 2: Sustaining Evidence‐based Practice
This course is grounded by the whakataukī “Ko tā te kaiako ko te reo, te ahurea me te tuakiri kia eke ai te tamaiti ki tōna pitomata – The educators role is to acquire the skills regarding language, culture and identity in order for the child to fulfil his or...
Credits 20 Intakes Semester 1
TECE.9001 Contexts and Challenges in ECE
The whakatauki on which this course is based is “Ko tā te kaitiaki he aroarowhaki– Having the courage to take a stand”. Kaitiakitanga will be the underpinning concept for this course. Students will critically reflect on their cultural world‐views on a range of challenges and concepts including biculturalism, multiculturalism, inclusion,...
Credits 30 Intakes Semester 1
TECE.9002 Practitioner Research in Early Childhood Education settings
This course is inspired by the pūrākau of the great thinker, problem solver and theorist Māui and his endeavour to slow the sun. This course aims to develop students’ capacity to address an unresolved and/or contentious issue relating to practice in an Early Childhood Education setting. Students will design, conduct...
Credits 30 Intakes Semester 1


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