New Zealand Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 5)

New Zealand Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 5)

 

Laying a strong foundation of theoretical and practical knowledge in the field of early childhood education, this program equips students to become resourceful and reflective professionals, competent in the key areas of learning. These include professional studies, development and learning, and early years’ pedagogy.
 

AT A GLANCE

Method of learning:
Full-time

Level:
5

Duration:
1 year

Credits:
120

 
  • Blended Learning students wishing to enrol in the Field Practice course are 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
  • Students enrolled in the Blended Learning mode 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 will also be required to:

  • Attend tutorials for a minimum of four hours per week throughout the program

Students wishing to complete the Field Practice course are required to attend four weeks of full-time Field Practice in a four-week block during the course of the program. The four weeks can be carried out in a Home Centre (the main centre at which a student may already be employed).

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.

Online
Online is a flexible mode of learning without face-to-face attendance requirements. All study is conducted through NZTC Online. Courses are completed and assessed online, and you are part of an online learning community where you can interact with other students and lecturers through online discussion forums to assist your learning.

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 New Zealand Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 5) you may be eligible to apply for the New Zealand Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 6), Bachelor of Education (ECE) or Bachelor of Teaching (ECE).

Graduation from the Bachelor of Teaching (ECE) results in eligibility to apply for New Zealand teacher registration. Entry criteria and field practice requirements apply.