Diploma of Teaching (ECE) to Degree Upgrade

Te Whakamohoa Titohu

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


Applications for study starting in February 2019 have now closed. If you would like to register your interest in studying the Graduate Diploma of Teaching (ECE) as part of our February 2020 intake, then click this link and we will be in contact when applications open on 1 August 2019.


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.
Study requirements include:
•    approximately 12 hours of independent study per week attendance at three two-day block courses in Wellington or Auckland in January/February, May and August
•    access to an early childhood service to complete
•    assessment work related to research topics.


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.


2019 Intake 1 Key Dates

To be confirmed


Nga pepa

Leadership through Curriculum Inquiry
Te Ha o te Ao Maramatanga (20 credits)
Infants and Toddlers
Te Ha o te Ao Kohungahunga (20 credits)
The Teacher as Critical Pedagogue
Te Ha o te Waihanga Marautanga (20 credits)
Teaching and Learning
Te Ha o te Iwi: Matauranga Maori (30 credits, see Programme delivery)