Early Childhood Education

Prepare for a rewarding career in Early Childhood Education. Graduates of our highly regarded programmes come away with a deep knowledge of the sector and are highly sought after by employers.

Subject overview

Early Childhood Education plays a critical role in young children’s learning and exploration of the world. Studying Early Childhood Education (ECE) with us means that you will be taught by outstanding academics and teaching professionals who have the latest knowledge of early childhood research and practice.

You will gain deep knowledge through a range of practical experiences in early childhood centres supported by leading practitioners. Programmes include the integration of Māori and Pacific concepts, values, and knowledges, reflecting our unique place in the South Pacific.

For those interested in early childhood education outside of teaching, our Bachelor of Early Childhood Studies could be just what you're looking for.

If the classroom is where you see yourself, our Graduate Diploma in Teaching (ECE) will enable you to get there. Available full-time, part-time and now online from anywhere in the country, this programme prepares you to apply for provisional teaching registration after just one year of full-time study.

Master of Education (Early Childhood specialisation)

Influence the broader landscape of a child’s early years by completing a Master of Education specialising in Early Childhood.

Our Master of Education (Early Childhood Specialisation) offers a range of courses that are designed and delivered by internationally recognised researchers and academics with advanced, multidisciplinary, and up-to-date knowledge of early childhood.

This masters programme provides a clear and coherent pathway for students to progress from postgraduate certification to a masters degree. Graduates with these qualifications will be equipped with multidisciplinary knowledge and expertise, critical thinking skills, and the ability to advocate for diverse communities and stakeholders. They will be sought after in different professional sectors as well as world-ranking universities looking for promising doctoral candidates.

Master of Education in Early Childhood (Online)

Advance your career, prospects, and life with a 100% online Postgraduate programme. Auckland Online programmes are purpose-built to fully leverage online flexibility, interactivity and the latest learning research. 

Studying the Early Childhood specialisation in the Master of Education ensures you will cultivate advanced expertise in psychology, leadership, child development, pedagogy, and contemporary perspectives on child development.