Undergraduate study in Early Childhood Education
What can you study in Early Childhood Education?
Our Bachelor of Education (Teaching) Early Childhood Education three-year specialisation qualifies you to become an early childhood teacher in a range of settings including kindergartens, creches and early childhood centres. In the first year you will be introduced to the profession of teaching, theories of learning and the early childhood curriculum Te Whāriki. You will develop your knowledge in science, art, Māori language and culture, and undertake your first blocks of practicum (practical experience in ECE settings).
In the first year you will need to complete the following courses (120 points). Each course is worth 15 points:
- EDCURRIC 115 - Science in the Early Years
- EDCURRIC 116 - Visual Arts in the Early Years
- EDPRAC 102 - The Professional Teacher Early Childhood 1 (practicum)
- EDPROFST 100 - Hāpai Ākonga
- EDPROFST 101 - Hauora: Early Years Wellbeing
- EDUC 118 - History and Society in New Zealand Education
- EDUC 119 - Development, Learning and Teaching
- One course (15 points) from the General Education schedules available for this degree.
In the second year you need to complete the following courses (120 points). Each course is worth 15 points:
- EDCURRPK 210 - Infants/Toddlers Pedagogies
- EDCURRIC 111 - Experiencing Technology
- EDCURRPK 116 - Integrating Pasifika Arts
- EDCURRIC 211 - Languages and Literacies
- EDCURRIC 212 - Mathematics in the Early Years
- EDPRAC 202 - Practicum Early Childhood 2
- EDPROFST 204 - Te Whāriki for Diverse Learners
- EDPROFST 206 - Early Childhood Assessment
In the third year you need to complete the following courses (120 points). Each course is worth 15 points unless stated otherwise:
- EDCURRIC 110 - Dance/Drama in the Early Years
- EDCURRIC 112 - Hauora: Early Years Movement
- EDCURRIC 213 - Social Sciences Education
- EDPROFST 313 – The Professional Teacher
- EDPRAC 306 (30 points) - Practicum: Enabling Achievement Early Childhood
- EDPROFST 304 - Play: Theory and Practice
- EDUC 321 - Politics, Philosophy and Education
There is strong emphasis on practical teaching experience, called practicum, where you find out what it’s like to teach in ECE, and practise your skills and observe and discuss practice with experienced professionals.
Scholarships and awards
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