Familiarise yourself with Pasifika culture and understanding in an ECE context.
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
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 12 hours a week under the supervision of a
registered teacher with a full practising certificate.
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
- provide a written reference (this cannot be from a family member or friend)
- 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 Vulnerable Children Act 2014
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
2019 Semester 1 Key Dates
Start date: 4 February
Block course 1: 7, 8, 9 February
Mid-semester break: 8-21 April
Block course 2: 23, 24 April
End date: 23 June
2019 Semester 2 Key Dates
Start date: 15 July
Block course 1: 17,18,19 July
Mid-semester break: 30 September - 13 October
Block course 2: 18, 19 September
End date: 1 December
The Pasifika Ways of Knowing and Being 1
paper is an introduction to the Pasifika ways of knowing and being,
using indigenous ways of expression and responding appropriately to
Pacific children and families. Topics covered include languages,
identities, spirituality, health and wellbeing and implications for
pedagogy, and funds of knowledge.
Te Ha o te Tamaiti The Child 1
paper explores how infants, toddlers and young children develop a sense
of self and the importance of children’s sense of identity for their
well-being, learning and development. These are examined in the light of
theories and research of teaching, learning, and human development.
The Pasifika Ways of Knowing and Being 2
paper introduces the social and political contexts that shape society’s
views of Pasifika children and their families within ECE contexts.
Pasifika metaphors such as talanoa and teu le va are introduced as
frameworks to interpret and understand the strengths and resilience of
Pacific children and what they bring to their learning opportunities.
Te Ha o te Ao hurihuri Contexts of Early Childhood 1
paper investigates the social, historical and political contexts that
shape society’s views of the family, whanau, infants, toddlers and young
children, and early childhood education. Pasifika early childhood
education in Aotearoa New Zealand are examined.