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Graduate Diploma of Teaching (ECE)

Put your degree to good use teaching young children.

This one-year full-time programme leads to teacher registration in New Zealand.

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It has been developed for people with degrees wanting to make a career of teaching in ECE and for international teachers seeking a New Zealand qualification.


Programme delivery
Te ara tuku

This is an intensive, 150-credit Level 7 programme of study requiring considerable commitment and focus.

Study requirements are:
•    attendance at four three-day block courses, which will be held in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch depending on numbers
•    approximately 5.5 hours of online engagement a week
•    approximately 15 hours of independent study a week
•    thirteen hours of practice (comprising two days a week, 6.5 hours per day) in a licensed ECE centre
•    two five-week practicums.

Admission requirements
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To be eligible for this programme, you must:
•    hold a relevant Level 7 bachelor’s degree or hold an approved Teachers Registration Board or Education Council approved Diploma of Teaching (Primary)
•    provide evidence of proficiency in English if English is an additional language
•    pass a children’s worker safety check as required under the Vulnerable Children Act 2014.

Students with qualifications gained outside of New Zealand also need to provide an NZQA assessment report completed within the last three years.


Ngā pepa

The Culturally Responsive Teacher
Tikanga-ā-iwi (30 credits)
Understanding Children and Childhood
Tamarikitanga (15 credits)
Teacher as Inquirer
Te Kaimahira (30 credits)
Practicum One
Whakatātare (15 credits)
Teacher as a Critical Pedagogue
Kaiwhakamanawa (30 credits)
Teacher as Emergent Leader
Mana Whakatipu (15 credits)
Practicum Two
Whakatātare (15 credits)