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Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Early Childhood) BTchLn(EarlyChildhood)


The Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Early Childhood) is an internationally recognised three-year full-time professional qualification that prepares you for a teaching career in the early childhood sector.

The BTchLn(EarlyChildhood) runs from February to November and is available:
  • full-time or part-time on campus in Christchurch,
  • full-time or part-time in New Plymouth by a mix of face-to-face and distance study,
  • full-time or part-time through the distance Flexible Learning Option (FLO).

If you hold a Diploma in Teaching (Early Childhood) and wish to upgrade to a degree please see Upgrade to a bachelor's degree on the College of Education website.

Features of the BTchLn(EarlyChildhood) at UC

  • Internationally recognised three-year teaching qualification
  • Flexible delivery options, including part-time and distance
  • Early Childhood option offered on campus in Christchurch, New Plymouth and through the Flexible Learning Option
  • Scholarships may be available, including $10,000 TeachNZ Scholarships (see the TeachNZ website).

Entry requirements

There is an intake each February with on-site intensives at the Christchurch or New Plymouth campus. A separate Application for Programme Entry (APE) to the College of Education is required.

Selection for entry is not automatic and is based on academic ability, involvement and interest in working with children, community involvement, communication skills and other personal qualities. Applicants must have University Entrance or be over 20 years of age. For applicants over 20 years of age, recent tertiary study is desirable. For example, applicants may want to consider the Certificate in Learning Support (CertLS) which is available by distance or the Certificate in University Preparation (CUP).

The selection process includes a police check and an interview.

Students for whom English is an additional language must provide evidence of their English language ability as follows:

  • IELTS (Academic) 7.0, with no individual score below 7.0; or
  • 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) or equivalent.

As places are limited we strongly recommend that you apply for programme entry as early as possible. Applications are due four weeks prior to the commencement of the programme or when places are filled (whichever comes first).

Apply for programme entry

Download an Application for Programme Entry (PDF, 321KB) or phone the Contact Centre on 0800 VARSITY (827 748). This includes the Application to Enrol. If your application is approved you will receive an offer of place letter.

Degree structure

The BTchLn(EarlyChildhood) requires a total of 360 points made up as follows:

  • Education: 105 points
  • Professional Inquiry: 90 points
  • Professional Practice: 60 points
  • Curriculum Studies: 105 points.

For the full degree requirements see the Regulations for the Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Early Childhood) (University Regulations website).

BTchLn(EarlyChildhood) degree structure diagram

Flexible Learning Option

The Early Childhood Flexible Learning Option (FLO) is available to BTchLn students throughout the country. Students must be able to attend up to two on-site intensives per year on the Christchurch campus. Classes are supplemented with web-based materials, audiovisual resources, audio conferences and email links. Students also attend professional practice placements in early childhood education centres for up to ten weeks per year.

Further study

Postgraduate options include:

Career opportunities

For further career information, please go to


For more information email or freephone in NZ 0800 VARSITY (827 748).

For assistance with planning your programme of study contact a College of Education Student Advisor (advancing students), the Liaison Office (new students) or visit the Liaison Office’s course planning page (new students).

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