Graduate Diploma of Teaching (ECE)
Te Poutama ki te Pakaritanga

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Put your degree to good use teaching young children.


This 1-year full-time programme leads to teacher registration in New Zealand.

It has been developed for people with a degree wanting to make a career of teaching in ECE and for international teachers seeking a New Zealand qualification.

Programme delivery
Te ara tuku

This is an intensive, 150-credit Level 7 programme of study requiring considerable commitment and focus.

Study requirements are:
•    attendance at four 3-day block courses, which will be held in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch depending on numbers
•    approximately 5.5 hours of online engagement a week
•    approximately 15 hours of independent study a week
•    thirteen hours of practice (comprising 2 days a week, 6.5 hours per day) in a licensed ECE centre
•    two 5-week practicums.

Block courses
Wahanga kauhau

There will be four face-to-face block courses, including one noho marae, for a total of 12 days each year. Block courses usually take place in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. 

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0800 244 532

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Admission requirements
Nga hiahiatanga tono

To be eligible for this programme, you must:

  • hold a relevant Level 7 bachelor’s degree
  • provide evidence of proficiency in English if English is an additional language
  • pass a children’s worker safety check as required under the Children's Act 2014.
Students with qualifications gained outside of New Zealand also need to provide an NZQA assessment report completed within the last 3 years.

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