Certificate in Early Childhood Teaching (Level 6)

Certificate in Early Childhood Teaching (Level 6)

The Certificate in Early Childhood Teaching (Level 6) equips students with an in-depth pedagogical knowledge of the major early childhood curriculum areas: language, literacy and the creative arts; mathematics, science and technology; family and community; foundations of leadership in an early childhood context.

Students learn to critically reflect on a variety of aspects that influence the early childhood teaching profession today and how to meaningfully entrench their practice in the founding principles of Te Tiriti O Waitangi/The Treaty of Waitangi and Te Whāriki.


Method of learning:


2 years



The program is divided into two stages of study. Each stage is a full-time study year of 40 weeks.

Stage 1

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

Stage 2

Code Course
BEd211 Values, Beliefs and Practice
BEd212 Professional Studies 2
BEd213 Early Childhood Research 2
BEd214 Early Childhood Writing and Research 2
BEd221 Early Childhood Curriculum 1
BEd222 Early Childhood Curriculum 2
BEd231 Lifespan Studies 2
BEd232 Learning and Behaviour
BEd241 Bicultural Education/Matauranga ā Rua
BEd242 The Family

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
Blended Learning

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 6) 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 and Provisional Certification. Entry criteria will apply.