Bachelor of Education (ECE)

He Tohu Paetahi Matauranga

Gain a degree in education with a focus on early childhood.


This Level 7, 360-credit degree will be endorsed in ECE.

The programme will benefit domestic students wanting to gain an education qualification. It will provide them with the opportunity to go on to develop specialist skills in the education sector, or working with family/whanau in the social sector.

The programme will provide a pathway for international students wanting to learn about New Zealand’s education system and to gain an internationally recognised qualification.

Please note that the Bachelor of Education does not qualify you to be a teacher in New Zealand.  However, the programme could also provide a pathway into Te Rito Maioha’s specialist, ECE graduate and postgraduate programmes.

Programme delivery
Te ara tuku

The Bachelor of Education (ECE) will be a three-year, fulltime degree. It will be taught through our blended delivery approach, which combines online with face-to-face learning.

The programme will comprise 22 papers. You will need to set aside approximately 35 hours a week for study.

2019 Semester 1 Key Dates

Start date: 4 February
Mid-semester break: 8-21 April
End date: 23 June

2019 Semester 2 Key Dates

Start date: 15 July
Mid-semester break: 30 September - 13 October
End date: 1 December

Nga pepa

In your first year, you will study four papers:
Introduction to Early Childhood Education
Te Whakatakinga Kohungahunga Matauranga
Academic skills
Pukenga matauranga
Human Development
Ira tangata

In your second and third years, the themes in these papers will be expanded on.

Admission requirements
Nga hiahiatanga tono

Applicants must meet University Entrance requirements or equivalent as defined by NZQA.

Applicants aged 20 and over who do not meet the requirements may be accepted for admission where they can demonstrate preparedness for study and qualification equivalency through work or voluntary experience.

Applicants whose first or primary language is other than English or te reo Maori will be required to attain a band score of 6.0, with no category lower than 5.5, for each component of the academic version of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).