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

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

This is a one to two-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
•    matauranga Maori
•    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. Please see our Teacher Education Refresh programme if that is what you need.


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



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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