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.
The BTchLn(EarlyChildhood) is an internationally recognised qualification that prepares you for a teaching career in different early childhood settings. The qualification is available to study full-time:
- on campus in Ōtautahi Christchurch
- by distance study.
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Early Childhood) – example degree structure
Each small block represents a 15-point course. However, some courses may be 30 points or more.
This diagram is an example only – other combinations are possible. For specific course requirements, see the Regulations for the Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Early Childhood).
The Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Early Childhood) requires 360 points:
- 105 points from Education courses
- 105 points from Professional Inquiry
- 45 points from Professional Practice
- 105 points from Curriculum Studies
In the final year of the degree, you will also be able to choose from one of the following optional courses:
- TECP315 Language, Culture and Identity: Enhancing Educational Experiences and Outcomes for Diverse Learners
- TECP316 Te Ao Māori/Mātauranga Māori: Teaching and Learning from Māori Worldviews
- TECP317 e-Learning for Transformative Education
- TECP318 Research and Inquiry in Action
- TECP319 Sustainability and Social Justice
Courses integrate online resources such as discussion forums, recorded lectures, and video tutorials. You 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.
If you would like to study by distance you will typically need to attend up to two on-site intensives in Ōtautahi Christchurch, one of which is a two-week on-site intensive at the beginning of the programme.
The degree takes 3 years of full-time study.
- Postgraduate Certificate in Education
- Postgraduate Certificate in Specialist Teaching
- Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
- Postgraduate Diploma in Education
- Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching
- Master of Computer-Assisted Language Learning
- Master of Education
- Master of Education (Thesis)
- 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 Matatū Aotearoa | Teaching Council of New Zealand.
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 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.
See Tuition Fee Structure for more information
|2023||120||Indicative first year fee. Actual fee will be determined by course selection.||$6,564|
|2022||120||Indicative first year fee. Actual fee will be determined by course selection.||$6,388|
|Year||Points||Info||Fees (NZD)||Fees (NZD) Excl GST|
|2022||120||This is an indicative fee - total tuition fee will be dependent on your course selection (banded)||$28,800||$25,043|
|2023||120||This is an indicative fee - total tuition fee will be dependent on your course selection (banded)||$30,000||$26,087|
See more information about our Initial Teacher Education programmes.
For the full degree requirements, see the Regulations for the Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Early Childhood).
For study planning help, contact a Student Advisor.
For more information on facilities, resources, and staff, see Te Kaupeka Ako | Faculty of Education.