Diploma in Early Childhood Education

Programme details

Translation Te Pōkairua Whakaako Kohungahunga
Code WR3009
Level 5
Credits 120
Duration 1 year
IntakesSemester 1, Semester 2
Study options Full-time, Part-time
LocationRotorua (Mokoia)
Further study Bachelor of Teaching Early Childhood Education
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Information for international students

Tuition fee$19,950
Minimum IELTS6 in all bands
Duration (length of study)1 year
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Programme aim

This diploma prepares students to continue study toward the Bachelor of Teaching Early Childhood Education. It can also be used to support applications for working with children and their families as a nanny or in other minder or care giver roles.

Successful completion can lead to entry into year two of the Bachelor of Teaching Early Childhood Education in Rotorua (Mokoia Campus).

Career opportunities

Early childhood teacher; nanny; and home-based care.

Award information

To achieve the award of the Diploma in Early Childhood Education students must pass a total of 120 credits.

Knowledge and skills you will gain

Graduates will be able to:

  • understand the New Zealand early childhood curriculum;
  • communicate effectively with young children, parents and whanau;
  • understand young children's growth and development and factors that impact or enhance;
  • demonstrate the knowledge, skills and attitudes of a professional educator;
  • understand what early childhood education is about; and
  • communicate the main regulatory requirements that impact on the early childhood sector.

Entry criteria

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

  • applicants must be 17 years old or over; and
  • 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.

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 may be required to attend an interview.

Language Requirements

All applicants who do not have English, Maori, or New Zealand Sign Language as their first language must provide evidence of an overall International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of at least 6.0 with no band less than 6.0.

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Compulsory courses

Course details
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

Elective courses

Students wishing to pathway to the Bachelor of Teaching Early Childhood Education: Te Tohu Paetahi Whakaako Kōhungahunga are advised to choose MAOR.5010 as their elective.

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

Page last updated: 02 Nov 2017