Familiarise yourself with Pasifika culture and understanding in an ECE context.
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Students completing this programme will gain the qualification of New Zealand Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 5) – Te Tohu Pokairua Matauranga Kohungahunga Manaaki (Level 5).
This programme will deliver an introduction to Pasifika ways of learning. Through a better understanding of Pasifika cultures, you will be able to respond appropriately to Pasifika children and families in the ECE environment.
There will be a strong emphasis on Pasifika views of the child and childhood. You will be introduced to Pasifika metaphors such as talanoa and teu le va, and deepen your understanding of the strengths and resilience of Pasifika children.
Students who graduate with the New Zealand Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 5) may be able to progress to a Level 7 ECE initial teacher education programme if they meet the entry criteria.
If you are not qualified and complete this Level 5 programme, you will be provided with a credit of prior learning for two papers in our Bachelor of Teaching (ECE), which would reduce your degree by six months.
Te ara tuku
Four 30-credit papers will be taught over a one-year period through a combination of online and face-to-face learning.
Two of the papers will be taught concurrently in Semester 1 with the remaining two taught concurrently in Semester 2.
You will be required to work (either employed or voluntarily) at an ECE centre for a minimum of 6 hours a week under the supervision of a registered teacher with a full practising certificate.