Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Early Childhood)
As an early childhood teacher you have the chance to teach infants, toddlers and young children when they are most open to learning. The rapid rate of development in children of this age and their natural desire to learn makes for a hugely gratifying environment in which to work.
The Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Early Childhood) (BTchLn(EarlyChildhood)) is an internationally recognised qualification that prepares you for a teaching career, educating children in their vital early years of life, from 0-6 years of age. This degree is available to study full-time or part-time:
- A UC teaching qualification is recognised nationally and internationally as being of high quality.
- Flexible study options as to how you study and where.
- International study opportunities, for example Rarotonga, Samoa and China.
- Students get to know their lecturers and classmates well.
- Scholarships may be available, including TeachNZ Scholarships (see the TeachNZ website).
Admission to UC with University Entrance, or equivalent, is required to enrol for a Bachelor's degree. Domestic applicants over 20 who do not hold University Entrance, or equivalent, may gain admission by providing evidence of their ability to complete tertiary study successfully. For information on gaining admission to UC teacher education programmes please see the Guide to Applying.
Students for whom English is a second language are also required to meet the IELTS requirements for teacher education.
Specific entry requirements
The BTchLn(EarlyChildhood) has one intake each February. Selection for entry is based on:
- academic ability, involvement and interest in working with children, community involvement, communication skills and other personal qualities as outlined in the Guide to Applying
- a police check, referees' reports and an interview
- a short literacy and numeracy test.
English language requirements
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 ten NCEA Level 2 credits in Literacy (five reading and five writing) or equivalent.
How to apply
Applications open on 1 August and close four weeks prior to the start of the programme in early February, or when places are filled.
For more details on entry requirements and the teacher education application process see the Guide to Applying.
Typical degree structure for Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Early Childhood)
For full course requirements go to the Regulations for the Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Early Childhood).
Each small block represents a 15-point course. However, some courses may be 30 points (or more).
The Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Early Childhood) requires 360 points as follows:
- 105 points from Education courses
- 90 points from Professional Inquiry
- 60 points from Professional Practice
- 105 points from Curriculum Studies
Courses integrate web-based material, audiovisual resources, video conferences and email. Students will undertake a community engagement course, as well as attend professional practice placements in early childhood education centres for up to ten weeks per year.
Students can also study part-time for up to six years.
For the full degree requirements see the Regulations for the Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Early Childhood).
Distance study option
If you would like to study by distance you will typically need to attend up to two on-site intensives, one of which is a two week on-site intensive at the beginning of the programme. This will be held in Christchurch unless you are enrolled in the regional programme in New Plymouth.
- Bachelor of Teaching and Learning with Honours
- Postgraduate Certificate in Education
- Postgraduate Certificate in Specialist Teaching
- Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
- Postgraduate Diploma in Education (with endorsement options in e-Learning and Digital Technologies in Education, Hōaka Pounamu: Te Reo Māori Bilingual and Immersion Teaching, Inclusive and Special Education, Leadership, Literacy, Positive Behaviour Support, and Teaching and Learning Languages.
- Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching
- Master of Computer-Assisted Language Learning
- Master of Education
- Master of Specialist Teaching
- Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
- Doctor of Education
- Doctor of Philosophy
Successful graduates meet the requirements for provisional teacher registration with the Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand (EDUCANZ).
A UC degree in Early Childhood teaching means you will be able to join a skilled and collaborative teaching profession. Early Childhood graduates can work in a range of early childhood settings including early learning centres, childcare centres (public and private), and government agencies.
Many graduates have gone on to own and operate their own early childhood businesses.
Teaching skills of management, communication, coordination, responsibility and organisation are prized in many professions such as management, policy and advocacy, publishing, politics and business.
Find out more about what you can do with a degree from UC.
For assistance with planning your programme of study contact the Liaison Office (new students), or a College of Education, Health and Human Development Student Advisor (advancing students).
For the full degree requirements see the Regulations for the Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Early Childhood). For more information on facilities, resources and staff see the College of Education, Health and Human Development | Te Rāngai Ako me te Hauora.