Graduate Diploma in Teaching

Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Early Childhood Education)


Degree graduates from any discipline are enabled to gain specialist knowledge in the area of early childhood education with this qualification. Featuring a strong practical component, students benefit from hands-on learning and working alongside study commitments. Upon completion, graduates are eligible to apply for New Zealand teacher registration.


Method of learning:

Level: 7

Duration: 1.33 years

Credits: 160

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


All students will be required to:

  • Attend two x 16 hour Block Courses. 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 are required to complete 14 weeks of full-time Field Practice in four and five week blocks during the course of the program. A total of five weeks can be carried out in a Home Centre (the main centre at which a student 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.