Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Teaching GradDipECTch
The Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Teaching is a one-year full-year diploma for university graduates.
Students can study the graduate diploma via the Flexible Learning Option (FLO). FLO students study the majority of their programme by distance and attend up to five residential schools per year on campus.
Students are also required to attend professional practice placements in early childhood centres throughout their programme. These placements are arranged by the College of Education.
Students wishing to enrol in the GradDipECTch must have either:
(a) qualified for a three-year full-time equivalent bachelors degree; or
(b) been admitted ad eundem statum as entitled to enrol for the graduate diploma; and
(c) approval as a candidate by the Dean of Education, on the recommendation of a Selection Committee.
Selection for entry is not automatic and is based on academic ability, involvement and interest in working with children and young people, community involvement, communication skills and other personal qualities.
The selection process includes a police check and may include an interview.
International students for whom English is an additional language must provide evidence of their English language ability as follows:
(a) IELTS (Academic) 7.0, with no individual score below 7.0; or
(b) At least two years of successful study in a New Zealand secondary school, with at least eight Level 2 NCEA credits in English (four reading and four writing).
Applications open in July of the previous year and we strongly recommend that you apply as early as possible. Applications close four weeks prior to the commencement of the programme in February, or when places are filled (whichever comes first).
If you are applying for a Teacher Education programme you are required to fill out an application form which combines the Application to Programme Entry and Application to Enrol. This form is available from the College of Education Office, Student Services or by phoning the Contact Centre on 0800 VARSITY (827 748).
You may also download the form from the College of Education website.
To qualify for the GradDipECTch, students must pass courses having a total value of at least 150 points as specified below.
- TECE 356 Social and Cultural Studies 1
- TECE 355 Social and Cultural Studies 2
- TECE 357 The Early Childhood Context 1
- TECE 358 The Early Childhood Context 2
- TECE 359 Te Reo me nga Tikanga Maori
- TEPI 351 Professional Inquiry 1
- TEPI 352 Professional Inquiry 2
- TEPP 152 Professional Practice 1
- TEPP 252 Professional Practice 2
- TEPP 352 Professional Practice 3
Essential information advice on the course group 'GradDipECTeach Distance Full-time' is available on the College of Education website.
Usually one year full-time.
For full requirements see the Regulations for the Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Teaching (University Regulations website).
For course advice contact the College of Education.