Graduate Diploma in Teaching

Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Early Childhood Education)

If you are a New Zealand or international student with a degree, or a New Zealand Diploma of Teaching (Primary) graduate wishing to upskill in the area of early childhood education, the NZTC Graduate Diploma in Teaching (ECE) is for you.

NZTC’s Graduate Diploma in Teaching (ECE) is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority, and has Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand recognition, which means that graduates are eligible to apply for Teacher Registration in New Zealand.


Method of learning:

Level: 7

Duration: 1.33 years

Credits: 160

Graduates are eligible to apply for
NZ Teacher Registration
and Provisional Certification

Code Course
GD401 Becoming a Professional Early Childhood Teacher
GD402 Pedagogy for Infants, Toddlers and Young Children
GD403 Learning and Development in the Early Years
GD404 The Early Childhood Curriculum
GD405 Planning and Assessment in Early Childhood Education
GD406 Tiriti-based Early Childhood Education
GD407 Inclusive Early Childhood Practice
GD408 Early Childhood Teachers as Leaders
GD409 Teaching as Inquiry
GD495 Field Practice

All students will be required to:

  • Attend two x 20 hour Block Courses. 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

All students will be required to complete 14 weeks of full-time Field Practice in four and five week blocks over the course of the program. A total of five weeks can be carried out in a Home Centre (the main centre, at which you may already be employed) and nine weeks in a different centre.

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 Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Early Childhood Education) you may be eligible to apply for the following postgraduate programs. Entry criteria will apply.