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.
- 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.
Students for whom English is an additional language are also required to meet the requirements set out by Matatū Aotearoa | Teaching Council of New Zealand.
For information on gaining admission to UC teacher education programmes, please see the Guide to Applying.
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.
How to apply
Applications are open throughout the year and close 1 December for domestic students or 31 October for international students.
For more details on entry requirements and the teacher education application process, see the Guide to Applying.
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
You will be automatically enrolled in the required courses (indicated in the degree diagram above) each year of the degree.
In the final year of the degree, you will also be able to choose from one of the following optional courses:
- TECP 315 Language, Culture and Identity: Enhancing Educational Experiences and Outcomes for Diverse Learners
- TECP 316 Te Ao Māori/Mātauranga Māori: Teaching and Learning from Māori Worldviews
- TECP 317 e-Learning for Transformative Education
- TECP 318 Research and Inquiry in Action
- TECP 319 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.
- 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
- 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
|2021||120||Banded Fee - total tuition fee dependent on course selection||$6,281|
|2022||120||Banded Fee - total tuition fee dependent on course selection||$6,388|
|Year||Points||Info||Fees (NZD)||Fees (NZD) Excl GST|
|2021||120||This is an indicative fee - total tuition fee will be dependent on your course selection (banded)||$28,000||$24,348|
|2022||120||This is an indicative fee - total tuition fee will be dependent on your course selection (banded)||$28,800||$25,043|
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 Te Rōpū Takawaenga o UC | UC Liaison Office (new students) or a Te Rāngai Ako me te Hauora | College of Education, Health and Human Development Student Advisor (advancing students).
For more information on facilities, resources, and staff, see Te Rāngai Ako me te Hauora | College of Education, Health and Human Development.