Postgraduate study in Early Childhood Education

What can you study in Early Childhood Education?

Our intensive one-year Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Early Childhood Education) equips students who already have a degree with the knowledge and skills to support young children in their learning and development from birth until the age of five. The equivalent of 1.25 years of full-time study condensed into 12 months, the diploma familiarises students with the early childhood curriculum Te Whāriki, learning theories, and subjects such as the arts, Māori culture and languages. It emphasises practical experience in ECE settings to learn from experienced teachers, practise skills and develop your understanding of early childhood education settings.

We also offer a range of masters courses where students are encouraged to focus on their own teaching practice or educational context, familiarise themselves with the latest research and developments in their field in order to develop strategies to improve their teaching and address challenges.

Our Masters courses also focus on supporting students to conduct research and inquiry that can improve their own practice as well as contribute to the practice of other teachers and early childhood centres.

Scholarships and awards

Each year we award scholarships and prizes to thousands of students.

Find out about the scholarships you may be eligible for, search available scholarships or begin an application by visiting Postgraduate scholarships and awards.

TeachNZ awards scholarships for ECE students in general, and also for ECE students who are fluent speakers in te reo Māori or a Pacific language.

Help and advice

For general student enquiries, please contact your Student Hubs.

To contact an undergraduate adviser or the subject convenor, email