Diploma in Early Childhood Education (Pasifika)
Te Tohu Pokairua Matauranga Kohungahunga (Pasifika)

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.

Familiarise yourself with Pasifika culture and understanding in an ECE context.


Register your interest in study here

Fill in the form linked above and we will email you when we open for applications for study starting in February 2021.

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.



Programme delivery
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.

Contact us 

0800 244 532


Register interest here

Admission requirements
Nga hiahiatanga tono

To apply for this programme, you must:

  • be at least 17 years old (or 18 years old if you are an international student, with the minimum entry requirement being Academic IELTS Level 5.5, with no score lower than 5)
  • provide a written reference (which cannot be from a family member or friend)
  • provide evidence that you will be working with children in an early childhood service
  • pass a children’s worker safety check as required under the Children's Act 2014
  • have NCEA Level 3 (including 10 literary credits at Level 2 and 10 numeracy credits at Level 1). However, if you do not have NCEA Level 3 or its equivalent, we will still consider your application on a case-by-case basis.

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