Gisborne Regional Education Centre

Te Rito Maioha offers early childhood education courses in Gisborne, allowing residents to study close to home. We are thought of as one of the best places to study early childhood in Gisborne and across Aotearoa|New Zealand. One of the reasons for this is that we have attained NZQA’s highest quality rating. Additionally, we offer a range of flexible blended learning options to our over 700 of our current students who enjoy earning their ECE qualifications from home, on campus, and through attending block courses.

Learn more about early childhood education by studying one of our ECE courses in Gisborne. We are passionate about upskilling future kaiako, increasing their knowledge, and growing them to be qualified to teach our children|tamariki. We offer the chance to learn ECE from anywhere in Aotearoa|New Zealand through our online programmes and 11 Regional education Centres.

We have incorporated a bicultural focus into each of our programmes, as we know that teaching in Aotearoa|New Zealand requires an understanding of this country’s unique blend of cultures. We also promote Te Tiriti o Waitangi and believe that this should be honoured both inside and outside of the classroom.

If you want to study early childhood education in Gisborne, read about the study options below.

Education Centre Gisborne

Graduate Diploma of Teaching in Gisborne
The Graduate Diploma of Teaching is designed for those who already have an undergraduate degree. It takes just one year to complete and qualifies you to become a kaiako in Aotearoa|New Zealand. Regardless of your previous topic of study, you can add on this diploma to start teaching ECE. This qualification is also suited to teachers trained and experienced overseas who would like to be able to teach in Aotearoa|New Zealand.

With a blend of block courses, online learning, and hands-on experience, this flexible course is ideal for individuals who prefer to undertake most of their education at home. The field-based placement will give you the practical experience you need to implement your newly acquired knowledge. 

Diploma in Early Childhood Education in Gisborne
We offer three choices for our undergraduate diplomas in early childhood education:

  • NZ Diploma in Early Childhood Education (Pasifika)
  • NZ Diploma in Early Childhood Education (Home-based Care)
  • NZ Diploma in Early Childhood Education (Aperfield Montessori)

Whether you are a qualified kaiako, an unqualified teacher, or someone who works in childcare, you will benefit from studying one of these diplomas. The Montessori diploma will introduce you to the Montessori philosophies of development as they apply to teaching, you will finish the programme as a Montessori trained teacher. The home-based care diploma focuses on the theory and practice of delivering quality home-based early childhood education and care. Finally, the Pasifika diploma covers Pasifika ways of knowing and being and gives these educators the skills to enable them to engage effectively with Pasifika children and families.

Each one comprises not only online study but also a highly practical placement in an educational facility so that you can put your knowledge into practice. The Montessori and Pasifika options feature block courses as part of your learning, while the home-based care diploma is completed entirely online.

Teacher Education Refresher (TER) Courses in Gisborne
If you are an early childhood kaiako who is yet to gain a full practising certificate five years after the completion of a teacher education programme, this Teacher Education Refresher is designed for you. Use it to refresh your knowledge and stay qualified to work as a kaiako. This course is also suitable for internationally qualified teachers who would like to gain a deeper understanding of the learning environment in Aotearoa|New Zealand.

ECE Courses Gisborne

ECE Degrees in Gisborne
If you wish to obtain a full ECE degree, we have a few options available to you at our Gisborne Regional Education Centre. Develop your knowledge and skills with one of the following:

Bachelor of Education (ECE) in Gisborne
For those who are not necessarily looking to become teachers but would like to study education and child development, the Bachelor of Education (ECE) is the ideal choice. Our students enjoy increasing their knowledge about the education sector in Aotearoa|New Zealand and gaining an internationally recognised qualification.

This degree is highly applicable in a range of roles, including policy analyst, migrant support person, social worker, and child advocate. Completion of this degree does not offer a teaching qualification, as its aim is to develop those in positions that frequently interact with children|tamariki. Instead, use this degree to reflect on the roles and perspectives of adults in ECE services in Aotearoa|New Zealand and improve your knowledge of the philosophies related to early childhood services. After completing this degree, you can continue on to become a kaiako by studying the Graduate Diploma of Teaching (ECE).

Bachelor of Teaching in Gisborne
Here at Te Rito Maioha, we offer two options for those wanting to achieve a Bachelor of Teaching:

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

Both degrees feature weekly placements so that you can immediately apply the techniques you are learning. Both use a blended learning approach, with the majority of the course content delivered online. You will also attend face-to-face block courses throughout these programmes. Study ECE teaching in Gisborne with either of these degrees.

ECE Diploma to Degree Upgrade Programme
If you have previously completed an ECE teaching diploma, you can now take this course to upgrade it into a Bachelor of Teaching (ECE) degree. This programme is delivered part-time and upskills you to become a qualified kaiako.

Postgraduate ECE in Gisborne
For those who are ready to expand their current skills in ECE education, we also have a range of postgraduate programmes on offer to our students. Depending on what aspect of your skillset you would like to grow, you can choose a course that will improve your knowledge in specific areas of ECE.

If you are considering studying for a Master of Education but are not yet ready to commit to that level of study, you can complete a postgraduate diploma, and this will contribute towards your masters if you decide to continue studying.

  • Postgraduate Diploma: Infant and Toddler Learning and Development – This diploma is for those who wish to specialise in working with infants from birth to three years old. Study multi- disciplinary theories that promote a holistic view of wellbeing, learning, and development. Find out how you can support positive outcomes for children|tamariki and their whānau.
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership (ECE) – For individuals who want to be prepared for the next step in their careers, the Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership (ECE) is the ideal choice. Develop your leadership skills through engaging with up-to-date research and connecting with other students. Discover how to lead effective curriculum change and lead in an ECE context.
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership (ECE) Trans-Tasman Initiative – This unique opportunity allows you to learn about coaching and mentoring theories, how to lead curriculum change, and lead advocacy for social justice. Your cohort will include people from both Australia and Aotearoa|New Zealand so that you can learn from each other’s distinctive but complementary ECE contexts.
  • Master of Education (ECE) – To upgrade your teaching practices and improve your career prospects, you may decide to undertake a Master of Education (ECE). Understand what inclusive education means in an ECE environment in Aotearoa|New Zealand, learn about bicultural teaching and learning, and study organisational leadership on a deeper level.


Gisborne Regional Education Centre

Physical address:
Unit 3, 152 Ormond Road           
Gisborne 4010

Regional Education Leader at this site:
Rahiri Ngapuhi
Telephone:  (06) 868 4775
Mobile: 022 061 2845             


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