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



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

Stage 1

Code Course
B101C Introduction to Early Childhood Education
B102 The Whole Child
B103 Early Years Pedagogy
B104C The Professional Early Childhood Teacher
B105 Culturally Responsive Early Childhood Education
B106 Socio-cultural Assessment, Planning and Teaching
B114 Early Childhood Writing and Research 1
B195 Field Practice 1

Stage 2

Code Course
B200C Writing and Research in Early Childhood Education
B201 Language, Literacy and the Creative Arts
B202 Infants and Toddlers
B203 Bicultural Development in Early Childhood Education
B204 Mathematics, Science and Technology
B206 Families, Community and Society
B295 Field Practice 2

While you are enrolled in the Certificate in Early Childhood Teaching (Level 6), in the blended learning mode you will be required to:

  • Attend two x 20 hour Block Courses each year. These will be 10 hours each day and will be held on a consecutive Sunday and Monday. Block Courses are an opportunity for face-to-face networking, teaching and learning for NZTC Online students. They will be conducted by NZTC lecturers, and will focus on topics relevant to the field of early childhood education
  • In addition to Field Practice, you are required to undertake work experience (paid or voluntary) in a licensed early childhood centre for a minimum of 16 hours per week throughout the program
  • Engage in online discussions

International students will also be required to:

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

You will be required to attend 12 weeks of full-time (40 hours per week) Field Practice in four week blocks during the Certificate in Early Childhood Teaching (Level 6) program. This will consist of four weeks in Stage 1 and eight weeks in Stage 2. A total of eight weeks can be carried out in a Home Centre (the main centre, at which you may already be employed).

Blended Learning
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 Teaching (Level 6) you may be eligible to apply for the following teaching stream programs which pathways to New Zealand Teacher Registrations with Provisional Certification. Entry criteria will apply.


You may also be eligible to apply for the following education stream program. Entry criteria will apply.