Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education)


Subject area

Teacher Education: Early Childhood (Pre-Service)



3 Years

Total student fees


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About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

The Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) is an Initial Teacher Education (ITE) degree. The aim of this programme is to prepare Student Teachers who are able to demonstrate that they meet Standards for the Teaching Profession/Nga Paerewa mo te Umanga Whakaakoranga (in a supported environment) and uphold the expectations of Our Code Our Standards: Code of Professional Responsibility and Standards for the Teaching Profession.

The programme prepares graduates to teach in the bicultural context of Aotearoa New Zealand, and primarily in the geographical area of the East Coast of the North Island, encompassing iwi of the local rohe as mana whenua. Students entering this programme will be those with a passion for children and an interest in a career teaching in New Zealand early childhood settings. Potential students may come from diverse backgrounds, for example:
- School leavers wishing to start their careers;
- People seeking a career change
- People in full-time/part-time ECE work needing a formal qualification; and
- International students looking for a rewarding career in New Zealand.

Graduates will use Te Tiriti o Waitangi to guide practice with an understanding of the history, language and importance of Maori and recognition of Maori place as mana whenua. The programme also prepares graduates to support the educational success of Pasifika learners in our rohe, as a significant ethnic grouping in Aotearoa New Zealand. The programme design and its delivery are geared toward this aim. The conceptual framework diagram is embedded in the rohe of Ngati Kahungunu, and further collaboration would be required with iwi of another region should the programme be offered there.

Graduates from this programme will demonstrate a set of core competencies described as Key Teaching Tasks that an early childhood education leader can have trust in the graduate's being able to carry out independently on day one on the job. These Key Teaching Tasks are achieved at level 7 as expected for graduates of an Initial Teacher Education bachelor's degree programme. Content and assessments for the Key Teaching Tasks are integrated into individual course descriptors and are learned and demonstrated within the context of practice and as part of the culminating integrative assessment.

Key Information for Students

Entry Requirements

Minimum requirements

Applicants must be 17 years of age at the start of the programme. For those under 20 years of age must hold UE or a recognised equivalent and to be able to demonstrate to UCOL that they have the skills and ability to study at a tertiary level. For those over 20 years of age there are no academic requirements for admission however applicants over 20 and without UE will need to demonstrate to UCOL that they have the ability to study at a tertiary level as part of the Internal Selection Process. Competency in English language, te reo Maori, literacy and numeracy (English medium programmes). International Students will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Full details on UCOL's website.

Detailed requirements

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3 Years

Tuition Fees

Annual Total qualification
Student fees
(what you pay)
$6,295 $18,885
Government tuition subsidy
(what the government pays)
$10,475 $31,425
Total $16,770 $50,310

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Student Success


National Graduate Outcomes

Outcomes for students who completed qualifications at the same level and in the same subject area, three years after completion:

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Contact details

Main Campus Office

Phone: (06) 952 7000
Fax: (06) 952 7023

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