Pasifika Early Childhood Education


By specialising your teaching around Pasifika ECE you can help to increase the involvement of Pacific Island under-five-year-olds in quality early childhood education. By embracing Pacific values in your teaching you can help young Pacific learners and their families to engage and benefit from early childhood services that meet their educational and cultural aspirations.

Areas of study

You will learn through theory and practice how young children learn, grow and develop with specific reference to young Pacific learners. You will study subjects that are part of the early childhood curriculum document Te Whaariki, such as technology, language, mathematics, social science and the arts. You will develop your knowledge of literacy, numeracy and Pasifika language and culture. Courses within the programme embrace the different cultures and heritage of Pasifika people and in some courses, both English and the Pasifika languages are used as mediums of instruction.

You can study Pasifika Early Childhood Education in the following programmes:

What you will learn

You will gain the skills, knowledge and professional base to be an effective teacher. You will learn how to effectively engage with young Pacific children in their learning, growth and development. You will get many opportunities through practicum in a range of early childhood settings (mainstream, bilingual and Pasifika) to apply what you are learning, to gain an understanding of what it is like to work in an early childhood environment and to develop your teaching style.

Career opportunities

Completing a BEd(Tchg)ECE Pasifika specialisation enables you to become a qualified ECE teacher and to work in a range of early childhood settings - both mainstream and Pasifika - including kindergartens, creches and early childhood centres. This qualification will give you the opportunity to earn a salary at degree level and is a pathway to leadership or management positions. It can also open up the opportunity to work in educational roles in a variety of other settings including specialist settings, professional development consultancy and working at policy level.

More information

For more information see Pasifika Early Childhood Education.