Bachelor of Teaching Early Childhood Education

Programme details

Translation Te Tohu Paetahi Whakaako Kōhungahunga
Code WR3046
Level 7
Credits 360
Duration 3 years
Scholarship available Scholarships for School Leavers
IntakesSemester 1
Study options Full-time, Part-time
LocationRotorua (Mokoia)
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Information for international students

Tuition fee$19,950
IntakesFebruary
Minimum IELTS7.0 in all bands
Duration (length of study)3 years
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Programme aim

Scholarships for School Leavers available

This degree is a professional pre-service qualification preparing student teachers to be skilled and reflective practitioners who are competent, confident and equipped with the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values that enable them to teach effectively in a range of early childhood education settings.

This aim is aligned to the New Zealand Teachers Council Graduating Teacher Standards in that this qualification will ensure that its student teachers “at the point of graduation will know, understand, be able to do, and have the dispositions that are likely to make them effective teachers” (Teachers Council, 2007).

The degree further aims to develop the student teachers’ acceptance and appreciation of the concepts of te ao Māori (Māori world view) and matauranga Māori (Māori knowledge) so they graduate with the knowledge, understanding and commitment to biculturalism as defined by Waiariki Institute of Technology Te Kura Takiura ō Waiariki Bicultural Framework (Waiariki Institute of Technology, 2011). The qualification embraces Te Tiriti o Waitangi and its intrinsic values of participation and protection based on effective and equitable partnership between Māori and Pākehā, on the recognition and inclusion of both official languages and cultures of Aotearoa/New Zealand and a commitment to fair and just practices, sharing power and resources in an effort to empower both signatories to Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

Award information

To achieve the award of the Bachelor of Teaching Early Childhood Education: Te Tohu Paetahi Whakaako Kōhungahunga students must pass a total of 360 credits.

Knowledge and skills you will gain

Graduates from this qualification will be able to teach in a variety of early childhood settings.  All graduates will meet the requirements of the Graduating Teacher Standards: Aotearoa/New Zealand (New Zealand Teachers Council, 2007). Graduates of the Bachelor of Teaching Early Childhood Education: Te Tohu Paetahi Whakaako Kōhungahunga will:

  • be critically reflective practitioners who understand the value of theory informing practice and practice informing theory;
  • be aware of the importance of research, and have the knowledge , skills and confidence of a beginning researcher;
  • have knowledge and understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, and be able to translate this knowledge and understanding into their teaching practice;
  • know, understand and be able to implement the principles and values underpinning bicultural sensitivity;
  • have knowledge and understanding of the current early childhood education curriculum document of Aotearoa New Zealand and be able to implement this knowledge and understanding in a range of early childhood settings;
  • know and understand what it means to be committed to the early childhood profession, the wider community and society;
  • have knowledge and understanding of high quality early childhood education and care and be able to advocate for and apply this knowledge and understanding in practice;
  • be committed to inclusive practice and be able to translate this commitment into their teaching practice;
  • know, understand and be able to implement a rights-based approach;
  • understand the importance of and be able to abide by the New Zealand Teachers Council Codes of Ethics;
  • have knowledge and understanding of how early childhood education is shaped by the political, social, cultural, theoretical, and technological influences;
  • be able to advocate for children, parents/family/whānau ,as well as for the profession;
  • understand the principles and values of a "community of practice" and be able to work effectively and appropriately with children, parents/family/whānau/caregivers, other teachers, and  the wider community; and
  • be able to implement their knowledge and understanding of marae protocol.

Entry criteria

Admission and entry requirements for this qualification are in accordance with the academic regulations and the following criteria:

  • Applicants must be 17 years old or older;
  • Applicants under 20 years old must meet academic requirements for New Zealand University Entrance or equivalent;
  • Applicants under 20 years old must also have four NCEA Level 2 (or higher) credits in both reading and writing;
  • Applicants must have evidence of academic ability (success at NZQA Level 4 or equivalent) and ability to succeed. This may be demonstrated through personal references or testimonials of life and work experience; and
  • Applicants are required to pass a literacy and numeracy test or provide other evidence demonstrating ability to NCEA Level 2 or equivalent in literacy and numeracy.

Additional Requirements

  • Applicants must submit and pass a police check and declare any criminal convictions before enrolment;
  • Applicants must provide two character references; and
  • Applicants will be required to attend an interview.

English Language Requirements

Applicants must have an overall International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of at least 7.0 with no band less than 7.0 (Academic).

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Compulsory courses

Level 5 compulsory credits: MAOR.5010, TECE.5021, TECE.5022, TECE.5023, TECE.5024, TECE.5025, TECE.5026, TECE.5027;

Level 6 compulsory credits: MAOR.6002, MAOR.6010, TECE.6020, TECE.6021, TECE.6022, TECE.6023, TECE.6024;

Level 7 compulsory credits: MAOR.7010, TECE.7021, TECE.7022, TECE.7023, TECE.7027, TECE.7028, GENR.7026;

Course details
GENR.7026 Rangahau 2: Practice-based Research
The aim of this course is to provide an opportunity for students, under the guidance of a research supervisor, to develop the practice-based research skills necessary to write a research proposal on an issue relevant to the profession.
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 1, Semester 2
MAOR.5010 Te Puawai
The aim of this course is to introduce students to aspects of te ao Māori including te reo Māori, waiata, andMāori society. The course will also introduce the history of and contemporary issues related to the Treatyof Waitangi.
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 1, Semester 2
MAOR.6002 Te Kawa o te Marae
The aim of this course is to interpret the meanings, beliefs and practices relating to all facets of the pa/marae and protocols
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 1, Semester 2
MAOR.6010 Te Puawai 2
The aim of this course is to further develop acquired knowledge and skills of te ao Māori including te reo Māori, waiata, and Māori society. The course will also analyse the history of and contemporary issues related to the Treaty of Waitangi.
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 1, Semester 2
MAOR.7010 Te Puawai 3
The aim of this course is to extend knowledge and skills of te ao Māori including speaking and writing in te reo Māori, performance and composition of waiata, and critically analysing Māori society in order that these skills and knowledge can be used in employment and other appropriate contexts. The...
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 1
TECE.5021 Nga Ritenga Rahi: Professional Practice 1
In this course, student teachers will learn what it means to be a professional teacher within the context of early childhood education in Aotearoa/New Zealand. The focus will be on learning about professional and collegial relationships, regulatory requirements including health and safety aspects, teachers' ethical and pedagogical responsibilities, and reflective...
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 1, Semester 2
TECE.5022 Te Whakatakinga Marautanga: Introduction to Curriculum
This course will introduce students to the different concepts of curriculum and the political, historical and cultural influences which shape it. Students will develop knowledge of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the impact it has on early childhood education in Aotearoa/ New Zealand.
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 1
TECE.5023 Te Aronga Rangahau: Introduction to Research
This course focuses on the development of knowledge and understandings about how research and reflection are interconnected with the practice of teaching. The role of the teacher as researcher as well as the processes of research and reflection will be explored and students will develop skills and explore processes which...
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 1
TECE.5024 Nga Kohungahunga: Infants and Toddlers
This course will empower student teachers to develop in-depth knowledge and understanding of high quality infant /toddler care and education from a range of Western and Maori perspectives and within a range of contexts. The unique characteristics, skills, and dispositions required to work with infants, toddlers and their families/ whanau...
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 2
TECE.5025 Nga Ritenga Rua: Professional Practice 2
In this course student teachers will encounter and come to know and understand the diverse and complex nature of child development and learning by examining past and present theories, studies and research. There will be a focus on historical and current Maori perspectives as well as on Western and different...
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 1, Semester 2
TECE.5026 Nga Rereketanga-Ahurea: Diversity
In this course students will explore the notion of diversity and how it relates to early childhood education in Aotearoa/New Zealand. The concepts of biculturalism and multiculturalism will be introduced as students investigate culture, explore issues related to racism and identify strategies which will support effective cross cultural understanding. The...
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 2
TECE.5027 Te Reo me ōna Piringa: Language and Literacy
This course focuses on the development of language and literacy in early childhood environments. Research tells us that in order to achieve this successfully, early childhood educators require a specialised professional knowledge base about language and literacy, learning and pedagogy. The course aims to provide a balance between theory and...
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 2
TECE.6020 Te Horopaki Akoranga Kohungahunga: The Context of Early Childhood Education
In this course students will engage with the various theories and models, historical and contemporary, which have shaped and continue to shape early childhood education, particularly in Aotearoa/ New Zealand. Particular attention will be given to the changing 'image of the child' and to issues of inclusion of diverse children...
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 1
TECE.6021 Nga Ritenga Toru: Professional Practice 3
In this course student teachers have the opportunity to examine a wide and diverse range of historical and contemporary early childhood education approaches, contexts and issues, and reflect on the implications of these for the ethical and professional teacher working within a community of practice. Student teachers will develop the...
Credits 30 Intakes Semester 1
TECE.6022 Putaiao/Hangarau: Science and Technology
This course aims to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding required by early childhood teachers to enable them to facilitate children's learning, interests and appreciation for science and technology in early childhood settings.
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 2
TECE.6023 Nga Mahi Toi: The Arts
This course will extend students' theoretical and practical knowledge of early childhood curricula in the arts. Students will develop confidence and competence in planning integrated art curriculum experiences for infants, toddlers and young children.
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 2
TECE.6024 Te Takoto o te Hapori Whanui: Outdoor and Community Environments
This course aims to develop student teachers' knowledge skills and understanding of how to foster children's interests, enthusiasm and learning in outdoor and community environments. Students will develop an awareness of the impacts of these environments on children's health and well being.
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 1
TECE.7021 Nga Ritenga Whakaako: Professional Practice 4
In this course student teachers have the opportunity to integrate the knowledge, skills and understandings gained over the course of their study through the creation, implementation, critique and validation of a personal model of practice. Having an understanding of the complex influences that contextual, personal and professional factors may have...
Credits 30 Intakes Semester 2
TECE.7022 Aromatawai: Assessment and Planning
In this course, students will develop in-depth knowledge, understanding of, and skills in qualitative and quantitative assessment and evaluation with a focus on current best practices, research, theories, principles, and policies. The importance of linking assessment to curriculum planning and programme evaluation in the process of teaching and learning will...
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 1
TECE.7023 Pangarau: Mathematics
In this course students will develop knowledge, skills and understandings of Māori and Western theories, approaches and subject knowledge which will empower them in supporting children's development of mathematical thinking, language, concepts and skills. The role of the teacher in supporting children's learning will be examined and students will be...
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 1
TECE.7025 Whitinga ki te Tohu Paetahi Tuarua: Degree Transition Course 1
The aim of this course is to develop students' in-depth knowledge, understandings and skills in areas that have not been previously covered in the Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood Education): Te Pōkairua Whakaako Kōhungahunga. In this course, student teachers will examine content relating to the following Bachelor of Teaching Early...
Credits 30 Intakes Semester 2
TECE.7026 Whitinga ki te Tohu Paetahi Tuarua: Degree Transition Course 2
The aim of this course is to develop students' in-depth knowledge, understandings and skills in areas that have not been previously covered in the Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood Education): Te Pōkairua Whakaako Kōhungahunga. In this course, student teachers will examine content relating to the following Bachelor of Teaching Early...
Credits 30 Intakes Semester 1, Semester 2
TECE.7027 Te Ture Papori - Kotahitanga: Social Justice and Inclusion
This course examines the role of early childhood professionals as advocates for children and whanau/families. Students will consider legislation and policy, issues related to social justice for children and their families/whanau, and the provision of inclusive learning environments in early childhood education.
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 2
TECE.7028 Te Kaiako hei Kairangahau: The Teacher as a Researcher
The aim of this course is to give students an understanding of practice based research by providing an opportunity for students to advance their skills and knowledge of research in a professional setting. This course has a practical element to it where students will apply their knowledge, skills and understandings...
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 1, Semester 2


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