Tohu Paetahi Whakaakoranga (ECE)

Bachelor of Teaching (ECE)


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A 3-year, full-time Level 7 Bachelor of Teaching (ECE) programme consisting of 12 papers leading to a qualification that is approved for teacher registration.


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  • The programme equips early childhood teachers with the knowledge, skills and dispositions to make a real difference to the lives of infants, toddlers and young children in New Zealand.
  • A mid-year intake (July) is also available.
  • Centre-based programme (earn and learn).


The Bachelor of Teaching (ECE) is a Level 7 qualification approved by NZQA and the Education Council. It equips early childhood teachers with the knowledge, skills and dispositions to make a real difference to the lives of infants, toddlers and young children.

With blended delivery you can be based anywhere in New Zealand. 

From 1 January 2018, tertiary education will be fees free for eligible first time tertiary students.

As of 2018 the New Zealand Government will be making your first year of tertiary study free of charge, and this includes studying with Te Rito Maioha ECNZ.  Sign up to one of our courses and take advantage of this great new opportunity to enter the early childhood profession. 

With increased funding coming to centres with 100% of their staff as fully trained teachers there’s more reason than ever to upskill now.

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Quick facts
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Programme delivery
Te ara tuku

This programme is centre-based, which means you can continue to earn while you learn and put new learning into practice in your ECE centre every week.

With our blended delivery you can be based anywhere in New Zealand. You will learn online and connect with students from right across New Zealand through our easy to use eLearning website.

You will also come together for four local block courses including one noho marae each year) for a total of 10 days spread throughout each year.  

Please note that the locations of these block courses are dependent on student numbers



Block Courses
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Local block courses (2-3 per year) will be held in each of our 11 teaching locations where there are sufficient student numbers. See below indicative block course dates for BTch(ECE) stage 1.

Year 1 Block Courses for 2018

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Year 2 and 3 block course dates have been set, you can see these by clicking the block course image above or scrolling to the bottom of the page and accessing it through this pages related resources.

Students wishing to study the Bachelor of Teaching (ECE) over more than three years can request to study part-time as long as the programme is completed in six years. Contact us for more details.

Online resources are available to support your study through our easily navigated online teaching and learning platform Pou Manawa Akoranga.

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Course outline

The degree is comprised of twelve 30 credit papers that integrate curriculum knowledge, pedagogical knowledge and te reo me ona tikanga Māori.

Entry requirements

Applicants must have work experience in ECE and be able to study at tertiary level. 

Study requirements

Weekly requirements on this full-time programme include:


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We offer competitive pricing for students on our degree programme. 


A range of scholarships are available to domestic ECNZ students 

Student loans

You are eligible for a student loan and/or allowance if you are a New Zealand citizen, or have permanent residency, and meet StudyLink criteria.