Tohu Paetahi Whakaakoranga (ECE)

Bachelor of Teaching (ECE)

Enrol to become an early childhood education teacher. Study with Te Rito Maioha and make a difference to the lives of New Zealand’s youngest tamariki.


Our Bachelor of Teaching (ECE) gives you the knowledge, skills and practical experience required to begin your career in ECE.

The three-year Level 7 programme blends online and face-to-face learning with practical experience to prepare you for work as an ECE teacher and your registration as a teacher.

If you would like to study for the Bachelor of Teaching (ECE) over more than three years, you can request to study part-time as long as you complete the programme within six years.


Programme delivery

Te ara tuku

You will study 12 30-credit papers. There are two semesters a year, and both are 18 weeks long.

Weekly requirements include:
•    approximately 4.5 hours of online engagement
•    12 hours of practice in a licensed early childhood centre (supervised by a registered teacher)
•    an average of 15 hours of independent study.

In addition to supervised practice in your ‘home’ early childhood service, you will need to complete a teaching practicum in a different setting during each year of the programme.

There will also be four face-to-face block courses, including one noho marae, for a total of 10 days each year.

Admission requirements

Ngā hiahiatanga tono

You are 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.

If you work in a licensed home-based care service, you will need to complete at least six hours a week in a licensed ECE centre that meets the supervision requirements.

To apply for this programme, you must:
•    be at least 17 years old (18 years old if you are an international student)
•    have University Entrance* (or an overseas equivalent)
•    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
•    provide evidence of your proficiency in English if English is an additional language.
* If you are aged 20 or over, you do not require University Entrance.


University Entrance

NCEA Level 3
•    Three subjects at Level 3 made up of 14 credits each in three University Entrance approved subjects. For more information, please go to
•    Literacy at Level 2 or above made up of 5 credits in reading and 5 credits in writing.
•    Numeracy requires 10 credits at Level 1 or above.



Ngā pepa

In your first year, you will study four papers:
The Child
Te Hā o te Tamaiti
Teaching and Learning
Te Hā o te Iwi Mātauranga Māori
Contexts of Early Childhood Education
Te Hā o te Ao Hurihuri
The Teacher as Professional
Te Hā o te Kaiako
In your second and third years, the themes in these papers will be expanded on.