Certificate in Early Childhood Education (Level 5)

Certificate in Early Childhood Education (Level 5)

The Certificate in Early Childhood Education (Level 5) lays a strong foundation of theoretical and practical knowledge in the field of early childhood education. The program sets students to become resourceful and reflective professionals, competent in the key areas of learning: professional studies, development and learning and early years pedagogy.

Students learn to become culturally responsive professionals, able to respond to the needs of a diverse community of learners, through embracing best practices that build children’s social competence, protect their health and wellbeing and strengthen partnerships with families/whānau and the wider community.


Method of learning:


1 year



There are 10 courses within the Certificate in Early Childhood Education (Level 5).

These courses also comprise Stage 1 of the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education) and Stage 1 of the Certificate of Early Childhood Teaching (Level 6) education stream.

Code Course
BEd111 Introduction to Early Childhood Education
BEd112 Professional Studies 1
BEd113 Early Childhood Research 1
BEd114 Early Childhood Writing and Research 1
BEd121 Play as a Framework for Learning
BEd122 Planning and Learning
BEd131 Lifespan Studies 1
BEd132 Positive Child Guidance
BEd141 Te Ao Māori
BEd142 Cultural Diversity

All students will be required to:

  • Engage in online discussions

International students will also be required to:

  • Attend tutorials for a minimum of 4 hours per week throughout the program

College Based

For more information on the modes listed above, refer to the Modes of learning page

New Zealand Tertiary College qualifications have been designed to link easily into each other, providing you with a flexible range of pathway options into higher level study.

Upon completion of the Certificate in Early Childhood Education (Level 5) you may be eligible to apply for the following education stream programs. Entry criteria will apply.


You may also be eligible to apply for the following teaching stream program which upon completion results in eligibility to apply for New Zealand Teacher Registration with Provisional Certification. Entry criteria will apply.