Early Childhood Education

Prepare for a rewarding career teaching young children, from birth to five years. Graduates of our highly regarded programmes are qualified to teach in a variety of early childhood settings in New Zealand.

Subject overview

An early childhood teacher 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 learn to teach through a range of practical experiences in early childhood centres supported by leading practitioners. Your programme will include studies in the New Zealand early childhood curriculum and a range of theories and practices relating to ECE. Courses include studies in curriculum, theories of learning and development, diversity, Te Ao Māori and contexts of ECE. All our early childhood teacher education programmes emphasise practice, and are designed to provide you with skills to create positive learning experiences for young children and their whānau.

Where can Early Childhood Education take you?

Upon successful completion you will be able to apply for teacher certification with the Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand. You may also wish to continue studying with us. We offer a range of postgraduate early childhood courses which can lead to careers in education management, policymaking and research.

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