Diploma of Teaching (ECE) to Degree Upgrade
Te Whakamohoa Tītohu

This programme is taught online. Any block courses for this programme will not be taking place face-to-face and alternative options will be made available when appropriate during any COVID-19 pandemic lock-down periods.

Register interest here

Please click on the link above and give us your contact details if you are interested in study beginning in February 2021 for this programme.

Boost your career by upgrading your ECE diploma to a degree.

This is a 1–2-year part-time programme for those with an ECE teaching diploma who would like to upgrade to a Level 7 Bachelor of Teaching (ECE). Being part-time, you can continue to work while you study for the degree, but there are no set weekly early childhood service attendance requirements.

The programme will deepen your knowledge of:
•    curriculum inquiry
•    inclusion, exclusion and marginalisation in ECE settings
•    infants and toddlers
•    mātauranga Māori
•    leadership in early childhood education.

Please note that, because this programme does not include a practicum component, it is not a pathway to  teacher registration.


Programme delivery
Te ara tuku

The programme consists of three papers, each 12 weeks long.

An extra 18-week paper taught in Semester 2 may be required if you:

  • did not receive your diploma from Te Tari Puna Ora o Aotearoa/New Zealand Childcare Association (NZCA) – the previous name for Te Rito Maioha
  • are unable to demonstrate competency in te reo Maori me nga tikanga Maori.


Contact us

0800 244 532


Register here

Admission requirements
Nga hiahiatanga tono

To join this programme, you must:

  • hold a recognised Level 7 New Zealand ECE teaching diploma qualification
  • provide evidence of previous experience working with children in an early childhood service.

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Samantha Campion - Bachelor of Teaching (ECE)

Living in New Plymouth with no university nearby, Te Rito Maioha was a great option for me.

Studying with Te Rito Maioha was amazing and I highly recommend them. They have great knowledge and an awesome bicultural aspect.

Combining hands-on experience with study is a dream combination. It cements what you learn. I’d do the theory throughout the week, then I’d go to my centre where I was able to put the theory into practice straight away.