Bachelor of Teaching (ECE)

Tohu Paetahi Whakaakoranga (ECE)

Applications for study starting Semester 1 2024 are now closed. You can apply now for the next intake for Semester 2 2024 or contact us at [email protected]

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Grow your love of young tamariki into a career which grows their whole lives. Become a valued, skilled and qualified early childhood teacher with Te Rito Maioha's Bachelor of Teaching - Early Childhood Education

You will gain the knowledge, skill and practical experience to launch your career as a qualified early childhood teacher. You will develop valued skills in bicultural early childhood teaching and learning, with a deep understanding of young children’s learning and development, the early childhood curriculum and professional practice in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Te Rito Maioha teaching graduates are highly valued by early childhood employers as confident and competent teachers, with a strong understanding of the profession and the skills to embrace te reo me ōna tikanga Māori and the cultural identities of all tamariki they teach.

The Bachelor of Teaching (ECE) is a full-time degree programme for anyone who wants to qualify as an ECE teacher while they work in their own community. Learners will be supported by skilled and responsive lecturers, pouako and teachers. Blending online learning with practical experience in an early childhood setting, you will be well prepared to become a qualified, registered teacher.

Bachelor of Teaching (ECE)


Early Childhood Teaching Programme delivery

Te ara tuku

You will study nine 30-credit courses and six 15-credit courses over 3 years. There are two semesters a year, and both are 16 weeks long.

Weekly requirements include:

  • approximately 16 hours of online engagement
  • 12 hours of practice in a licensed early childhood centre, supervised by a registered teacher (6 hours per week for part-time students)
  • an average of 9 hours of independent study.

In addition to supervised practice in your home early childhood service, you will need to complete a teaching practicum in a different setting during each year of the programme.

There will also be one 2-day noho marae experience each year.

Semester 2, 2024

Domestic applications: 17 June 2024
International applications:15 April 2024

Contact us

0800 244 532

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Admission requirements

Ngā hiahiatanga tono

To apply for this programme, you must:

  • be at least 17 years old (or 18 years old if you are an international student)
  • show the skills and ability to study at tertiary level, either:
    -University Entrance or better (or overseas equivalent), including the literacy and numeracy standards needed for entrance to a New Zealand university. See
    -sufficient skills and ability gained through work or voluntary experience or other learning
  • show that you have arranged to be working or volunteering with children in a licensed early childhood centre supervised by a registered teacher with a full practising certificate (Category One or Two), for
    -at least 12 hours a week; or
    -at least six hours a week if you are studying part-time

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Where could this programme take you?

Te Rito Maioha offers programmes to increase your knowledge and attractiveness to future employers.  You may also be interested in pursuing one of the following career choices as an alternative.

Further study options
  • New Zealand Diploma of Early Childhood Education (Aperfield Montessori)
  • New Zealand Diploma of Early Childhood Education (Pasifika)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership (ECE)
  • Postgraduate Diploma Infant and Toddler Learning and Development
Career options related to this programme
  • ECE Teacher
  • Curriculum developer
  • Education consultant
  • Educational researcher
  • Human Rights education coordinator
  • Special Needs specialist

Melanie Morrison – Bachelor of Teaching (ECE)
I can’t speak highly enough of the lecturers and all the staff at Te Rito Maioha.
They are amazing!
My knowledge in tikanga Māori I have found very useful in my current job and a lot of the staff I work ask for advice and I have shared some of my knowledge in staff meetings.
I recommend making use of the learning support which is offered as it really helps you to achieve high marks and you get one-on-one tuition - all included in your fees. Wonderful supportive staff!