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Bachelor of Teaching (early childhood education)

Te Tari Puna Ora o Aotearoa/NZ Childcare Association
Te Tari Puna Ora o Aotearoa/NZ Childcare Association

Detailed information

The Bachelor of Teaching (ECE) is a level 7 centre-based qualification.
Postgraduate study
NZ Teachers council registration
Employment in early childhood service as a qualified teacher
Type:Courses
Method:Blended learning
Duration:3 Years
Accreditation:NZQA and NZTC accredited
Requirements:Applicants must: • be at least 17 years old •provide evidence of experience in working with children in an early childhood service at the time of entry •provide evidence of their ability to study at tertiary level. Students must also continue working with children for a minimum of 12 hours a week in an early childhood centre while completing the programme of study. It is not necessary to be in full-time employment. The following apply to applicants aged under 20 years: • University Entrance or better (or overseas equivalent): NCEA Level 3 Three subjects - at Level 3 or above, made up of: 14 credits each, in three approved subjects Literacy - 10 credits at Level 2 or above, made up of: 5 credits in reading 5 credits in writing Numeracy - 10 credits at Level 1 or above, made up of: achievement standards – specified achievement standards available through a range of subjects, or unit standards - package of three numeracy unit standards (26623, 26626, 26627- all three required). •Literacy and Numeracy Standards: Must meet the literacy and numeracy standards required for entrance to a University. If aged over 20 years an applicant may be eligible for Special Admission - •Special Admission (over 20 years): An applicant who is over 20 years of age and who does not meet the admission qualification regulations may be accepted for admission where they can demonstrate preparedness for study and qualification equivalency through work/voluntary experience. The Director Academic Programmes has delegated authority from the Academic Management Committee to consider such cases and, where warranted, to grant admission. English language requirements for applicants with English as an additional language The New Zealand Teachers Council has issued new guidelines on the selection of applicants into initial teacher education programmes for applicants who have English as an Additional Language (EAL). All EAL applicants for entry into the programme will have English in addition to the language spoken in their family; the applicant's first or primary language is other than English. All EAL applicants will need to meet a score of 7.0 in all bands of the academic version of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) prior to entry into the Bachelor of Teaching (ECE). Some exemptions apply, these are: •EAL applicants who have studied in New Zealand for a minimum of two years at secondary school and who have eight, level two NCEA University Entrance literacy credits (4 credits in reading and 4 credits in writing). •EAL applicants whose medium of instruction was fully in English in a New Zealand or Australian tertiary education organisation (TEO - university, institute of technology, polytechnic, wānanga or PTE) and who are graduates at a degree level (seven) or higher.
Students per class:20

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Course program

The Bachelor of Teaching (ECE) is a level 7 centre-based qualification that equips early childhood teachers with the knowledge, skills and dispositions to work effectively with infants, toddlers and young children in Aotearoa/New Zealand.

Holders of an NZCA diploma should read about our upgrade programme.

As a full-time centre-based programme, students work while they study - giving them the opportunity to apply their new learning in their work environments.

Weekly requirements on this full-time programme include:

- attendance at a one-day tutorial in class
- 12 hours of supervised practice in an early childhood centre
- an average of 15 hours of independent study.

Students must complete a teaching practicum in a different setting at each stage of the programme and attend two noho marae. Online resources are available to support the student's study.

The degree is comprised of twelve 30 credit papers that integrate:

- curriculum knowledge
- pedagogical knowledge
- te reo me ona tikanga Māori.

Teacher identity, teaching dispositions and the Graduating Teacher Standards (New Zealand Teachers Council, 2007) are central aspects of the papers.

Part-time options
Students wishing to undertake the Bachelor of Teaching (ECE) over longer than three years can request to study part-time.

Course location

Te Tari Puna Ora o Aotearoa/NZ Childcare Association

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