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

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Applications for study commencing in 2021 have now closed. Please register interest if you would like to be notified when applications for 2022 are open.

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.

If you would like to study for the Graduate Diploma of Teaching (ECE) over more than 1 year, you can request to study part-time. You will need to complete the programme within an agreed timeframe.

Study requirements are:
•    attendance at two 3-day block courses, which will be held in Auckland and Wellington depending on numbers
•    approximately 7.5 hours of online engagement per week
•    approximately 14.5 hours of independent study per week
•    you will be required to perform 13 hours of practice (comprising of 2 days per week, 6.5 hours per day) in a licensed early childhood education service supervised by a registered teacher.

In addition to your supervised practice you will need to complete two 5-week teaching practicums in different ECE settings.

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



Contact us


0800 244 532


studentservices@ecnz.ac.nz


Virtual Open Days

Dates & Times for Virtual Open Days will appear here when scheduled.


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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
  • undergo a children’s worker safety check as required under the Children’s Act 2014, including police vetting
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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