Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Early Childhood Education)

Open Polytechnic of New Zealand

Subject area

Teacher Education: Early Childhood (Pre-Service)



1 Year

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About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

The aim of the Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Early Childhood Education) is to equip ākonga with a recognised, flexible and applied teaching qualification in the early childhood education context. Practical courses connect theory with practice and are strongly aligned with sector needs to ensure work-ready graduates equipped with skills and knowledge required for teaching positions or for further study at postgraduate level.

Key Information for Students

Entry Requirements

Minimum requirements

Academic Entry Requirements: Applicants must have an undergraduate degree. Applicants who do not hold a Level 7 degree qualification may be considered for entry if they have successfully completed - an early childhood education qualification at Levels 5, 6 or 7 on the NZQF, or a recognised equivalent qualification, and - are able to demonstrate the equivalence of a minimum of 3 years fulltime relevant work experience in the early childhood education sector within the last 10 years. Students who have completed a Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) are not eligible for enrolment in this programme. Domestic Language Entry Requirements: All applicants must demonstrate an acceptable level of English language competency prior to acceptance in the programme. Evidence of this will be provided by - New Zealand University Entrance - Or the Teaching Council Initial Teacher Education Requirements. For applicants with English as an Additional Language, English language fluency may be demonstrated by - an IELTS Academic score of 7, with no band score lower than 7, achieved in a single test within the two years preceding enrolment; or - an equivalent score on a test of English language proficiency, as set out in the current Teaching Council Initial Teacher Education Requirements, achieved in a single test within the two years preceding enrolment. Note that exemptions may apply to the above as per current Teaching Council Initial Teacher Education Requirements. Other Entry Requirements: All applicants must: - undergo Police vetting in accordance with the Children's Act 2014; - sign a declaration of convictions, pending charges or matters which may impact on their ability to register as a teacher, including mental and physical fitness; and - Include in the above declaration a commitment to immediate disclose any such matters that arise while enrolled in the programme.

Detailed requirements

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1 Year

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Contact details

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Phone: (04) 913 5300
Fax: (04) 913 5308

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