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:

In the third year you need to complete the following courses (120 points). Each course is worth 15 points unless stated otherwise:

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

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 Scholarships and awards.

Help and advice

For general student enquiries, please contact the Education Student Centre.

To contact an undergraduate adviser or the subject convenor, email education@auckland.ac.nz.