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.
AT A GLANCE
Method of learning:
Duration: 1.33 years
Graduates are eligible to apply for
NZ Teacher Registration
and Provisional Certification
|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|
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.
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.