Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions

Below are some commonly asked questions. If your question isn’t listed, please contact our Enrolments Team.

A: We welcome students from all backgrounds and cultures, hailing from within New Zealand and abroad. Some of our students begin studying with us straight out of high school, while others have worked in the early childhood sector, or a completely different industry. Whatever their background, our students are passionate about early childhood education and making a difference in the lives of families and young children.

A:  All New Zealand Tertiary College programs have been approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) and the college has been accredited to deliver them.

Our Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) and Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Early Childhood Education) qualifications are approved by the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand - the teacher licensing authority in New Zealand. Graduates are eligible to apply for New Zealand teacher registration.

A: The New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQA) is accepted internationally and graduates holding approved qualifications are highly mobile, with their qualifications being generally recognised in most countries.

NZTC’s Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) and Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Early Childhood Education) qualifications are approved by ACECQA, meaning graduates are not required to apply for an assessment of their qualification. Graduates wishing to apply for early childhood teacher status in Australia can do so via the ACECQA website

NZTC graduates who attain New Zealand teacher registration may transfer that registration to a number of Australian states and territories through the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Agreement. Australian teacher registration allows holders to work in the public sector in those states and territories.

NZTC is also recognised by the Chinese Ministry of Education as a trusted education provider and is listed on the Jiaoyu Shewai Jianguan Xinxiwang website for high quality education institutions outside China. NZTC qualifications are approved for Chinese students to attain public and private work in China by the Chinese Service Centre for Scholarly Exchange.

A: Yes. Credit Recognition and Transfer (CRT) is the process of awarding credit towards your chosen program at New Zealand Tertiary College for courses which you have already studied at other tertiary providers.

CRT is assessed on a case-by-case basis. If you wish to apply for credit you will be required to pay a $95.00 application fee. This fee covers the cost involved in the assessment process of CRT. Students are required to pay the fee prior to their CRT assessment and interview with New Zealand Tertiary College.

For New Zealand qualifications:
If you have a completed (or partially completed) qualification in early childhood education from a New Zealand education provider, you may be eligible to receive credit. CRT is assessed by our Registry Team. Whether you receive credit for your previously completed qualification depends on whether the learning outcomes of each course correspond with the learning outcomes in New Zealand Tertiary College courses, and whether the level of your previous study equates to your intended New Zealand Tertiary College program. To be assessed for credit, you must supply a verified copy of your transcripts and learning outcomes of each course or qualification (the education provider will be able to give these to you) you have completed.

For overseas qualifications:
You may be eligible for credit if you have completed an early childhood qualification at an overseas tertiary institution. Before New Zealand Tertiary College begins the CRT process, you need to get your qualification assessed by the NZQA. Please contact the NZQA for more information on this process

A: There are three basic differences:

  • Length of study

          Master of Early Childhood Education                                              180 points, 1.5 years (full-time)

          Master of Education (ECE)                                                                  240 points 2 years (full-time)

  • Nature of Study

          Master of Early Childhood Education                                              all 180 points are taught

          Master of Education (ECE)                                                                  includes Research papers

  • Pathway to Doctorate

         Master of Early Childhood Education                                               requires additional Research papers to be completed

         Master of Education (ECE)                                                                    meets pathway requirements for PhD

NOTE: You can pathway into the Master of Education (ECE) from the Master of Early Childhood Education at a later date.

For further information contact

A: The Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Early Childhood Education) is a Level 7 qualification approved by the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand. It is an initial teacher education program that involves practical and theoretical components and graduates are eligible to apply for New Zealand teacher registration.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Early Childhood Education) is a Level 8 qualification where graduates may work in skilled positions in early childhood education. It is NOT an initial teacher education program and graduates are NOT eligible to apply for New Zealand teacher registration upon completion of this qualification.

A.  NZTC does not charge an application fee for any of our programs.

A.  No, the fees for each learning mode are the same.

A: If you are a full-time student and a New Zealand or Australian citizen, or a permanent resident, you may be eligible for a student loan or allowance through StudyLink to help with your compulsory fees, course related costs and living costs. For more information see the StudyLink website

A: New Zealand Tertiary College students may be eligible to apply for the following scholarship opportunities:

Scholarships for New Zealand or Australian citizens or NZ permanent residents:
We offer a number of scholarship opportunities throughout the year. For more information please click HERE 

TeachNZ Teacher Recruitment Scholarships:
TeachNZ Teacher Recruitment Scholarships (Early Childhood Education) have been introduced for qualifications leading to New Zealand teacher registration in an effort to increase the number of early childhood teachers in the early childhood sector. An early childhood education scholarship pays course fees and, for full-time students only, the scholarship pays an allowance of up to $10,000 over the period of study. For more information see the TeachNZ

Ministry of Education:
ECE service teacher education grants (ECESTEG) These are intended to support teacher-led services to assist staff members to gain their first Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand approved early childhood teacher qualification that leads to teacher registration. Application forms are sent to all teacher-led services and are also available on the Ministry of Education website

International Scholarships:
New Zealand Tertiary College offers a limited set of scholarships for Malaysian citizens or residents. For more information please contact

A:   In the unlikely event that New Zealand Tertiary College is unable to deliver the program you have enrolled in, New Zealand Tertiary College has protected your fees with Public Trust. Fees deposited and protected by the Public Trust are held in the Common fund which has an unsecured guarantee from the New Zealand Government. The student fee protection for New Zealand Tertiary College is fully compliant with NZQA rules. Should access to your fees be necessary, you may contact Public Trust on 0800 494 733 or eMail

This arrangement has been accepted by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority as meeting the requirements of the Education Act 1989 and the Student Fee Protection Rules 2013.

A: New Zealand Tertiary College's refund policy complies with the Education Act (1989). 
Refer to our Student Withdrawal and Refund Policies on the fees pages of the qualifications.

A:  All courses are internally assessed and include theory based assessments and practical components. 
There are no exams.

A:  There are no prescribed textbooks but you can purchase items from the college’s bookshop - NZTC Books. A range of books are available to complement your studies and research. Items can be purchased online or in-person from the library at our Auckland campus.

A:  Yes, you will be able to transfer between these two campuses as long as you can find a local childcare centre for doing field practice.