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.
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.
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.
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.
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 www.nzqa.govt.nz.
• 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.
In your first year, you will study four papers:
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.