Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education)

Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education)


Providing essential knowledge and skills for a successful career in a number of early childhood related roles, this degree focuses on the major aspects of early childhood education, exploring current issues and trends without the requirement of practice.


Method of learning:


3 years



Courses are divided up into three 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

Stage 3

Code Course
BEd312 Leadership in Early Childhood
BEd315 Investigation in Early Childhood Education
BEd321 Curriculum Approaches
BEd322 Quality Curriculum
BEd331 Lifespan Studies 3: Contemporary Perspectives
BEd332 Inclusive Practice
BEd341 Multicultural Perspectives in Early Childhood Education
BEd342 Early Childhood Issues and Trends

All students will be required to:

  • Engage in online discussions

International students are also required to attend compulsory tutorials throughout the program

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 Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education) you may be eligible to apply for the following postgraduate programs. Entry criteria will apply.


You may also be eligible to apply for the Graduate Diploma in Teaching (ECE) which upon completion results in eligibility to apply for New Zealand teacher registration. Entry criteria will apply.