Bachelor of Teaching (ECE)

Tohu Paetahi Whakaakoranga (ECE)

Become an early childhood education teacher. Study with Te Rito Maioha and make a difference to the lives of New Zealand’s youngest tamariki.

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Our Bachelor of Teaching (ECE) gives you the knowledge, skills and practical experience required to begin your career in ECE.

The 3-year Level 7 programme blends online and face-to-face learning with practical experience in an early childhood setting to prepare you for work as an ECE teacher and your registration as a teacher.

If you would like to study for the Bachelor of Teaching (ECE) over more than 3 years, you can request to study part-time as long as you complete the programme within 6 years.

Programme delivery

Te ara tuku

You will study 12 30-credit courses over 3 years. There are two semesters a year, and both are 18 weeks long.

Weekly requirements include:
•    approximately 4.5 hours of online engagement
•    12 hours of practice in a licensed early childhood centre (supervised by a registered teacher)
•    an average of 15 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.

Block courses

Wāhanga kauhau

There will be four face-to-face block courses, including one noho marae, for a total of 10 days each year.
Face-to-face block courses take place across New Zealand.  Block courses are usually held at our 11 regional bases, however, regional block courses are number dependent.

Admission requirements

Nga hiahiatanga tono

You are required to work (either paid or unpaid) at an ECE centre for a minimum of 12 hours a week under the supervision of a registered teacher with a full practising

If you work in a licensed home-based care service, you will need to complete at least 6 hours a week in a licensed early childhood education service that meets the supervision requirements.

To apply for this programme, you must:

  • be at least 17 years old (18 years old if you are an international student)
  • have University Entrance* (or an overseas equivalent)
  • provide evidence that you will be working with children in an early childhood service at the time of entry pass a children’s worker safety check as required under the Children's Act 2014
  • provide evidence of your proficiency in English if English is an additional language.
    * If you are aged 20 or over, you do not require University Entrance.
University Entrance
NCEA Level 3
  • Three subjects at Level 3 made up of 14 credits each in three University Entrance approved subjects. For more information, please go to
  • Literacy at Level 2 or above made up of 5 credits in reading and 5 credits in writing.
  • Numeracy requires 10 credits at Level 1 or above.

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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

Via-Deolorosa Moa Totagata Tugaga - Bachelor of Teaching (ECE)

I hadn’t studied for a few years but Te Rito Maioha made it really easy to get started and really helped me.

I learned so much with my study which has helped me with my work. I am now able to identify children who have different styles of learning, and have strategies to help those children. Te Rito Maioha is really culturally aware which is important to me because I am Samoan. They encouraged me to bring my cultural perspective and upbringing into my practice.

Yes – balancing work and study was really hard, but I actually really enjoyed it. Having an online support network of other teachers that I could contact for help when I needed it was great.