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Graduate Diploma of Teaching (ECE)



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Put your degree to good use working with young children and their whānau.

Applications close 1 December for study beginning early 2018.

Note: there is no mid-year intake available for this programme.

This is a 1-year full-time programme that has been specifically developed for degree graduates wishing to make a career in ECE and international teachers seeking a New Zealand qualification. Graduates will be well prepared to teach in early childhood centres in New Zealand or in centres in their home country.

Quick facts
Kia tika


Programme delivery
Te ara tuku

The programme is taught through blended delivery with face-to-face blocks delivered in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch (numbers dependent). It includes a regular weekly placement of 2 days in an ECE centre as well as practicum blocks (two 5 week blocks, 10 weeks in total) in other ECE centres.

Block Courses
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Semester 1:


Block course 1
WellingtonMon 30 Jan – Wed 1 Feb 2017*
ManukauThurs 2 Feb – Sat 4 Feb 2017

*NB: This is earlier than the days previously published.

Block course 2
ManukauThurs 27 April – Sat 29 April 2017**


*Students will be at a marae on Thur 27 (and overnight) and during the day Fri 28. Students will be at the teaching base on Saturday, April 29 therefore students will be responsible for their own accommodation Friday 28 April. 

Semester 2:

Block course 3
WellingtonMon 17 Jul – Wed 19 Jul 2017
ManukauWed 19 Jul – Fri 21 Jul 2017


Block course 4
WellingtonMon 25 Sep – Wed 27 Sep 2017
ManukauWed 27 Sep – Fri 29 Sep 2017


Key Information for Students






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Course outline

The graduate diploma is comprised of seven 15 or 30 credit papers that integrate curriculum knowledge, pedagogical knowledge and te reo me ona tikanga Māori.

Entry requirements

To be eligible for this programme, you must:

Study requirements

Weekly requirements on this full-time programme include: 


We offer competitive pricing for students on our graduate diploma 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.