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 Block Courses each year. Block Courses are an opportunity for 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 80 days of full-time Field Practice during the course of the Graduate Diploma in Teaching program.

Blended Learning
This mode of learning blends the flexibility of online learning with workplace learning and practical experience. All students have access to NZTC Online for learning including course materials, research and support materials, and assessment submission and return, while learning in their workplace.

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.