Whangārei Regional Education Centre

Our Te Rito Maioha Whangārei Regional Education Centre (REC) provides a range of qualifications for those looking to study early childhood education courses in Whangārei. We are an education provider that has achieved the highest NZQA quality rating and offers several options for you to study early childhood in Aotearoa|New Zealand. We currently have over 700 students enrolled online and across our Regional Education Centres earning ECE qualifications while gaining hands-on experience.

If you wish to learn ECE because you are passionate about becoming a teacher|kaiako, you will love our programmes. They are research-driven and developed to train excellent ECE professionals. While our ECE courses in Whangārei are a popular choice, we also have a total of 11 Regional Education Centres across the rest of the country so that you can study from anywhere in New Zealand.

Each programme has a strong bicultural focus, as to teach in Aotearoa|New Zealand it is important to incorporate the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

Based on your career goals, you can select from our many qualifications to find the one that suits you the best. Enrol today to study early childhood in Whangārei, so that you can begin working towards the career you want.


Graduate Diploma of Teaching in Whangārei
If you already have an undergraduate degree in any field, you can study the one-year Graduate Diploma of Teaching to register as a kaiako in Aotearoa|New Zealand. Choose this diploma to become a kaiako or, if you are an international teacher who is not currently qualified to teach in Aotearoa|New Zealand, you can study this diploma to be eligible to teach again.

This diploma is primarily studied online, with additional block courses and hands-on practice to put your learning into action. The local-field based learning is completed in an education setting, providing you with the chance to start using the skills you are learning right away.

Diploma in Early Childhood Education in Whangārei
We offer three qualification options for those wanting to study towards an undergraduate diploma in ECE:

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

These qualifications have been developed for those who work in childcare and both qualified and unqualified teachers to further develop your skills in specific aspects of teaching. Focus on learning about education approaches that appeal to your interests and are applicable to the children|tamariki you teach. Gain a deeper understanding of Pasifika learning styles, learn about the framework behind Montessori teaching methods, or study the best ways to provide home-based care.

Each of these diplomas comprises both online learning as well as a practical component in a nearby educational environment. Additionally, for the Montessori and Pasifika options, you will also attend in-person block courses. The diploma in home-based care is completed entirely online.

Teacher Education Refresher (TER) Courses in Whangārei
If you have not yet achieved your full practising certificate within five years of your teacher education programme, or you are returning to ECE after a long period of time, the TER is for you. It is aimed at teachers who have not yet gained a full practising certificate.

Alternatively, international teachers who want to become more familiar with the learning environment of Aotearoa|New Zealand may benefit from taking this course.

ECE Degrees in Whangārei
Our Regional Education Centre in Whangārei offers a range of ECE degrees for teachers who wish to increase their knowledge of teaching theory and practice.

Bachelor of Education (ECE) in Whangārei
The Bachelor of Education (ECE) has been developed for those looking to specialise in education with an emphasis on ECE. This qualification is suitable for those who want to gain additional skills and knowledge in the education field. It focuses on early childhood education and the principles related to working in this environment.

It is suited to those wishing to become a child advocate, policy analyst, ECE centre manager, and a range of other positions. It is not a teaching qualification, though it is designed for individuals working in various roles that regularly interact with children|tamariki. This programme can help to grow your understanding of social identity, human development, early childhood education theories, and cultural identity and responsiveness.

If you wish to become a teacher|kaiako, you can undertake the Graduate Diploma of Teaching (ECE) after you have completed this programme.

ECE Courses Whanga Rei

Bachelor of Teaching in Whangārei
Meet the criteria to become a kaiako in Aotearoa|New Zealand by completing one of our two Bachelor of Teaching options:

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

Each one comprises a blended learning method with the main study completed online as well as face-to-face block courses throughout the programme. Additionally, both programmes include field- based learning where you will gain practical experience in the classroom for a set number of hours each week . Enrol in one of these degrees and then find a school or ECE centre prepared to have you as a student teacher to study ECE teaching in Whangārei.

ECE Diploma to Degree Upgrade Programme
This programme was created for those who already hold a diploma in ECE teaching and would like to attain a degree. Study online part-time to turn your diploma into a degree and become a kaiako.

Postgraduate ECE in Whangārei
If you wish to develop your skills in ECE education, you can do so through one of our postgraduate programme options. Each one focuses on a different topic, so you can select your qualification based on what you would like to learn about. Start studying one of our postgraduate diplomas, and if you decide to take on a Master of Education degree, that can be credited towards it.

  • Postgraduate Diploma: Infant and Toddler Learning and Development – Enrol in this postgraduate-level diploma to specialise in working with younger children|tamariki under three years old.
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership (ECE) – Undertake this diploma to develop your leadership skills in an ECE context. It places emphasis on leadership practices within an ECE environment, blending in-person and online learning to deliver a research-driven qualification.
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership (ECE) Trans-Tasman Initiative – To share knowledge across the Tasman, we have developed this course so that Australian and New Zealand education leaders can learn from each other’s ECE contexts.
  • Master of Education (ECE) – You can now study a Master of Education in Whangārei online from home. Improve your understanding of biculturalism, infant and toddler pedagogy, inclusive education, and ECE leadership.


Whangārei Regional Education Centre

Physical address:
2 Carlton Cresent,
Whangārei 0112

Regional Education Leader at this site:
Avril Maxwell
Telephone: (09) 438 1960


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