Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education)

Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education)


This qualification prepares students for a rewarding career in the field of early childhood teaching. NZTC students gain the skills and knowledge needed to practice with confidence in a diverse socio-cultural context and are eligible to apply for New Zealand teacher registration with the Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand.


Method of learning:

Level: 7

Duration: 3 years

Credits: 360

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


Stage 1

Code Course
B101 Introduction to Early Childhood Education
B102 The Whole Child
B103 Early Years Pedagogy
B104 The Professional Early Childhood Teacher
B105 Culturally Responsive Early Childhood Education
B106 Socio-cultural Assessment, Planning and Teaching
B195 Field Practice 1

Stage 2

Code Course
B201 Language, Literacy and the Creative Arts
B202 Infants and Toddlers
B203 Bicultural Development in Early Childhood Education
B204 Mathematics, Science and Technology
B205 Teachers as Researcher
B206 Families, Community and Society
B295 Field Practice 2

Stage 3

Code Course
B301 Curriculum Approaches
B302 Early Childhood Teachers as Leaders and Managers
B303 Inclusive Early Childhood Education
B304 Intercultural Pedagogy in Early Childhood Education
B305 Curriculum Influences and Review
B306 Research in Early Childhood Education
B395 Field Practice 3

All students will be required to:

  • Attend two x 16 hour Block Courses each year. These will be eight 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. They are conducted by NZTC lecturers, and focus on topics relevant to the field of early childhood education
  • In addition to Field Practice, students 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 are also required to attend compulsory tutorials throughout the program

All students will be required to complete 20 weeks of full-time Field Practice placements during the course of the degree program. This will consist of one four-week block in Stage 1 and two four-week blocks in Stage 2 and Stage 3. A total of 12 weeks can be carried out in a Home Centre (the main centre at which a student may already be employed) and eight 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 Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) you may be eligible to apply for the following postgraduate programs. Entry criteria will apply.