Rotorua Regional Education Centre

For anyone thinking of studying early childhood education courses in Rotorua, Te Rito Maihoa’s local Regional Education Centre is the ideal choice. We are widely recognised as one of the best providers of ECE qualifications in Aotearoa|New Zealand, having gained the highest quality rating that NZQA offers. More than 700 students have chosen to study early childhood with us to gain practical skills and knowledge of ECE.

All our qualifications are research-driven to thoroughly educate those who wish to become childcare professionals or kaiako. We are proud to offer ECE courses in Rotorua and across the rest of the country through our 11 Regional Education Centres. You can also choose to learn ECE from anywhere with our range of online programmes.

Our blended learning options for studying early childhood in Rotorua provide the ultimate flexibility for students, with both online and in-person courses available. Each ECE course highlights the importance of a bicultural classroom, as we believe that you must understand the unique culture of Aotearoa|New Zealand and incorporate the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi into the curriculum.

Regardless of whether you are looking to start your ECE career or looking to further develop your skills and knowledge within the industry, there are a wide variety of programmes on offer which will suit your needs for those wishing to study ECE in Rotorua.

Enrol now to study early childhood education in Rotorua. Discover more details about our range of qualifications by reading the information below.

Graduate Diploma of Teaching in Rotorua
It is less time-intensive to qualify as a teacher in Aotearoa|New Zealand if you already have an undergraduate degree. No matter your previous field of study, if you have a degree, you can go on to complete this one-year graduate diploma to become a teacher. This programme is also popular amongst international teachers who are unable to teach in Aotearoa|New Zealand. They can choose to complete this qualification to be able to start teaching here.

This programme delivers learning online, during face-to-face block courses, and through practical experience. Learn about theories of pedagogy, complete an inquiry based on one area of the curriculum, and discover more about how children|tamariki learn.

Diploma in Early Childhood Education in Rotorua
We offer three choices for those studying an undergraduate diploma in ECE, each with a distinct
focus area:
  • NZ Diploma in Early Childhood Education (Home-based Care)
  • NZ Diploma in Early Childhood Education (Aperfield Montessori)
  • NZ Diploma in Early Childhood Education (Pasifika)
All three diplomas are designed to be undertaken by childcare workers, qualified teachers, or unqualified teachers. Choose your area of focus to learn more in-depth about specific aspects of teaching. Learn about the Montessori philosophy as it applies to teaching, Pasifika ways of knowing and being, or home-based care.

Each of these three study options includes not only online learning but also a practical component. Work in an educational setting while you are studying to apply your newly acquired knowledge immediately. The Montessori and Pasifika diplomas also include block courses that are attended in-person so you can learn alongside your cohort.

Teacher Education Refresher (TER) Courses in Rotorua
This course is designed for those hoping to return to ECE after an extended period. It can also be completed by those who have not obtained a full practising certificate in the five years since graduation. Either way, the Teacher Education Refresher Course might be suitable for you. It aims to revisit the concepts of early childhood education to refresh teachers’ knowledge.

It can also be used by international teachers who would like to become more familiar with teaching practices in Aotearoa|New Zealand. TER is also suited to kaiako who are primary-trained and would like to move into ECE.

ECE Degrees in Rotorua
We are proud to offer a range of degrees from our Regional Education Centre in Rotorua, which can enable you to increase your knowledge of teaching and educational concepts.

Bachelor of Education (ECE) in Rotorua
The Bachelor of Education is a full-time degree that takes three years to complete. It is designed for individuals who work with children|tamariki in a non-teaching environment. After you have completed this qualification, you could become a refugee support person, youth worker, child advocate, and more.

This course introduces students to the concepts behind early childhood education, theories of learning and development, cultural identity and responsiveness, and the approaches to early childhood curricula.

If you want to train to become a kaiako after completion of this degree, you can go on to study for the one-year Graduate Diploma of Teaching (ECE) programme.

  • Bachelor of Teaching (ECE)
  • Bachelor of Teaching (Primary)

Each of these programmes offers a blended learning experience which integrates online learning alongside field-based study which enables you to apply what you learn immediately in a real education setting, spend some time in the classroom, and attend block courses. Gain practical experience while you are studying ECE teaching in Rotorua with either of these qualifications.

ECE Diploma to Degree Upgrade Programme
Do you already hold an ECE teaching diploma? You can upgrade this to a Bachelor of Teaching (ECE) degree by undertaking the ECE Diploma to Degree Upgrade part-time programme. It is delivered entirely online so that you can easily fit your study around work and embark on the pathway to become a kaiako.

Postgraduate ECE in Rotorua
If you have already completed an undergraduate degree in ECE education, you can now study a range of postgraduate courses. Each focuses on a unique area of ECE education, so you can choose the one which best suits your learning goals. If you are considering a Master of Education, our postgraduate diplomas can be credited towards this achievement.
  • Postgraduate Diploma: Infant and Toddler Learning and Development – Learn about the core concepts behind working with three-year-olds and younger children|tamariki with this postgraduate diploma. This programme emphasises a holistic view of infant and toddler learning.
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership (ECE) – if you are ready to take your ECE career to the next level, this diploma is for you. Develop your leadership knowledge, learn about pedagogical leadership theories, and discover more about how organisational leadership applies in a childcare context.
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership (ECE) Trans-Tasman Initiative – We are proud to work alongside ECE experts in Australia to offer this trans-Tasman initiative that allows Australian and New Zealand ECE leaders to work together and develop their knowledge.
  • Master of Education (ECE) – We now offer a Master of Education in Rotorua, which is delivered online, ideal for those already working in an education setting. Through this programme, you will learn more about Pasifika and Māori leadership, curriculum studies in ECE, and leading social change.

Rotorua Regional Education Centre

Physical address:
1157 Pukuatua Street      
Rotorua 3010
Regional Education Leader at this site:
Geraldine Koopu
Telephone: (07) 346 2408
Mobile: 028 8500 3239