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Te Paetahi Akoranga Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education)


Course details

  • Mar 2025
    Jul 2025
  • Three years
  • Full-time or Part-time
  • $7,340* per year
  • You may qualify for fee-free study under Fees Free Policy
  • Level 7
  • Available for International Students. International Fee Guideline
  • Hamilton City Campus


Te Paetahi Akoranga Bachelor of Teaching (ECE) is an Initial Teacher Education (ITE) degree. An ITE qualification is the requirement to become a beginning teacher in Aotearoa, New Zealand. Approved and monitored by the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand, this degree is designed for those who would like to pursue a career as a qualified early childhood education teacher.

In addition to class time, students will spend a minimum of 12 hours per week in a licensed early childhood education setting, putting skills into practice.

Besides weekly practical experience in an ECE setting, students will also undertake a block practicum in a different setting from their weekly practice. Students are required to find their own practicum. The block practicum requirements are:

  • Year one: Three weeks
  • Year two: Four weeks
  • Year three: Four weeks

By the end of the programme, students will have learnt how to build and maintain relationships with children and adults, know how children learn, how to teach, and what to teach. Students will also learn vital leadership, planning and organisational skills.

"Many factors contribute to my aspirations to become a fully qualified teacher. I started work for Te Ara Metua Punanga Reo Kuki Airani where tamariki learn and grow within a Cook Island Māori environment. After working there for several years, I decided to gain my degree in Early Childhood Education to further my knowledge. I am passionate about bicultural learning, and I feel the set-up at Wintec really supports this. "

Read Mikimiki's story

What you will learn

The Te Paetahi Akoranga Bachelor of Teaching (ECE) will teach students an understanding of a range of valuable skills: from how children learn and what to teach to building relationships and strategies for advocating for children and families.

Students will also learn:

Professional knowledge

  • What to teach
  • Learners and how they learn
  • Contextual factors
  • Influencing teaching and learning
  • The unique place of Māori as Tangata Whenua

Professional practice

  • Planning for a safe, high-quality teaching and learning environment
  • The use of evidence to promote learning
  • Inter-relationships between theory and practice

Professional values and relationships

  • Development of positive relationships with learners and the members of learning communities
  • Being committed members of the profession

Professional leadership and advocacy

  • Application of effective leadership strategies
  • Strategies to advocate for children, families, society and the teaching profession

View programme modules

Note: no value in the pre/co-requisite columns means there are no pre/co-requisites for that module.

Module code Module title Pre-requisites Co-requisites Credits Level


Field-based Teaching Practice A

EDUC0502Field-based Teaching Inquiry A 

EDUC0501 or


EDUC0503Field-based Teaching Practice BEDUC0501EDUC050485
EDUC0504Field-based Teaching Inquiry BEDUC0502

EDUC0501 or



EDUC0501 or


EDUC0506Exploring Professional Practice 

EDUC0501 or


EDUC0507Education in Aotearoa New Zealand 

EDUC0501 or


EDUC0508Understanding Pedagogy 

EDUC0501 or


EDUC0509Practicum One  155
EDUC0601Field-based Teaching Practice CEDUC0503EDUC060276
EDUC0602Field-based Teaching Inquiry CEDUC0504

EDUC0601 or


EDUC0603Field-based Teaching Practice DEDUC0601EDUC060386
EDUC0604Field-based Teaching Inquiry DEDUC0602

EDUC0601 or



EDUC0601 or


EDUC0606Professional Practice in ActionEDUC0506

EDUC0601 or


EDUC0607Investigating Education in Aotearoa New ZealandEDUC0507

EDUC0601 or


EDUC0608Pedagogy in PracticeEDUC0508

EDUC0601 or


EDUC0609Practicum TwoEDUC0509 156
EDUC0701Field-based Teaching Practice EEDUC0603 77
EDUC0702Field-based Teaching Practice FEDUC0701 87

EDUC0701 or


EDUC0704Teaching as a ProfessionEDUC0606

EDUC0701 or


EDUC0705Critiquing Education in Aotearoa New ZealandEDUC0607

EDUC0701 or


EDUC0706The Pedagogical TeacherEDUC0608

EDUC0701 or


EDUC0707Design Thinking and Co-creation in EducationEDUC0604

EDUC0701 or


EDUC0708Manu TaratahiEDUC0707

EDUC0701 or


EDUC0709Practicum ThreeEDUC0609 157


Scheduling and workload

Actual timetables will be provided closer to the start date (as this is dependent on what stream students are placed in). As a general guideline, the expectation is that students will be required to be at Wintec for two full days (10am-4pm) each week. Students are also required to work in a licenced early childhood education setting for a minimum of 12 hours per week and spend one and a half days per week on self-directed study.

Design Factory NZ

In their third year of study, students can apply to study the 30 credit Design Factory NZ module. This experience teaches a range of problem-solving methodologies, which students will apply to a real-world challenge provided by an industry partner. Students will work in a multi-disciplinary team alongside students from engineering, business, IT, sport and exercise science, media arts, and more. 

Joining Design Factory NZ will provide students with the opportunity to learn and work in new ways, prototype solutions to complex problems, and develop their soft skills of creativity, empathy and communication - all in high-demand for the workplace of the future.

Read more about Design Factory NZ here.

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Career/further opportunities

Graduates will be eligible to apply for registration with the Teaching Council of Aotearoa, New Zealand. This will qualify graduates to teach in licensed early childhood education services.

Graduates of Te Paetahi Akoranga Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) leave with skills to be curious, creative, critical, and courageous teachers. This includes:

  • Being work-ready
  • Responsive
  • Intentional
  • Dispositional
  • Mindful
  • Ethical

After graduating, you may be employed in roles in industry or workplace training or community education. Example roles include:

  • Early childhood education teachers 
  • New entrant teachers (primary school)
  • Home-based education and care visiting teachers
  • Senior roles in early childhood education settings (eg headteacher, manager)
  • Roles with the Ministry of Education
  • Reviewer for the Education Review Office
  • Roles with the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand
  • Teach overseas (eg ECE, English as a second language)
  • Roles with advocacy groups (eg parents as first teachers, Barbados New Zealand)
  • Tutor for certificate programmes in tertiary institutes

Graduates may also choose to continue on to further study at postgraduate level.

Application process

Once you have submitted your application

  • We will email you to confirm we have received it and let you know if there is anything more we need from you.
  • We will assess your application, and if you’re eligible to proceed, we will invite you to attend a selection interview.
  • This will include an interview with one of our lecturers - this is an opportunity to review your study plans and discuss opportunities within the Centre for Education and Foundation Pathways.
  • You will also be asked to complete a written test on comprehension, literacy and numeracy - this is an opportunity for you to demonstrate your writing, comprehension and numeracy skills.
  • During the selection interview, we will begin the safety check process to comply with the provisions of the Vulnerable Children Act 2014.
  • You will be required to bring to the interview two forms of ID. You can find out more about the safety check process and the Vulnerable Children Act here.
  • We will let you know the outcome of your interview, and if you’re accepted to study, provide you with an enrolment offer.
  • You will need to accept your offer to confirm your place on the programme. Click here to find out more about enrolment and accepting your offer.

Frequently asked questions

How is this programme different to what is offered at university?

While the programme has a higher practical component (field-based practice) than what universities require, students will still be required to learn about early childhood education theory, content and issues.  The main difference to universities, is that students can put this theory into practice straight away in their field-based practice setting.

The programme is the same level (level 7) and difficulty as the degree programme offered at universities.

What can I expect from the class schedule and workload?

The workload will include 12 hours of class time per week: two full days on campus from 10am-4pm. Students will also be required to undertake practical experience of at least 12 hours per week in a licensed early childhood education centre. In addition, students are required to undertake 15-18 hours of self-directed study per week.

Timetables will be provided closer to the start date once streams have been finalised.

How much time outside of class will I need to spend on study?

This is a full-time programme, so students are expected to undertake 15-18 hours of self-directed learning each week.

Can I work while I'm studying this degree?

Students can work while they're studying but need to remember that this is a full-time programme of study. We recommend no more than two days of work.

I currently relieve in several ECE settings, can this be counted as my field-based practice?

No. The 12 hours of field-based practice per week must be in the same setting. Students will also need a mentor who is a qualified and fully certificated ECE teacher.

What is the role of a mentor, do I need one, and who can be a mentor?

All students in this programme are required to have a mentor.

The student finds their own mentor who will be a staff member (qualified and fully certificated ECE teacher) at the setting where they are completing their field-based practice. This is an unpaid role. The mentor guides the student and provides feedback on their teaching practice and some course work.

Mentors must be qualified and fully certificated ECE teachers, this is a Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand requirement.

What opportunities will I get to work in industry?

This is a field-based programme; therefore, work in industry is integrated into the programme. Students will need to spend at least 12 hours each week in an early childhood education setting – this can either be paid or voluntary. Students will also undertake one block practicum each year of study – this will be three weeks in Year 1, four weeks in Year 2, and four weeks in Year 3. These practicums are part of a student's study and won’t be paid. 

Are there any additional costs associated with this programme?

Yes, there are required textbooks for this programme.

Will this programme be covered by the Government’s fees-free initiative?

What support will I get while I study?

Students will have access to free study preparation courses, academic resources, a specialist student learning services team, a library filled with resources and staffed by expert librarians, a dedicated team for Māori and Pasifika support, disability support services, and affordable healthcare on campus.

Undergraduate, semester, pathway and module – what do these words mean?

Undergraduate means any study up to the level of completing a bachelor degree. Our academic year is made up of two main semesters, one from February to June and the other from July to November. We also have a summer semester for some classes. A degree is made up of a mix of compulsory and elective modules; modules are worth between 15 and 60 credits. A year’s worth of full-time study is 120 credits.


TeachNZ Scholarships are available for eligible applicants. Further details are available from


Entry criteria

Candidates must have achieved University Entrance which is NCEA Level 3 comprised of 60 credits at NCEA Level 3 or above and 20 credits at NCEA Level 2 or above, including:

  • 14 credits each at NCEA Level 3 in three approved subjects; and
  • Literacy (10 credits at NCEA Level 2 or above made up of 5 credits each in reading and writing); and
  • Numeracy (10 credits at NCEA Level 1 or above made up of specified achievement standards or a package of three numeracy unit standards – 26623, 26626, and 26627 – all three required); or
  • An overseas school qualification equivalent to university entrance and meet the English language requirements below.

UE 2020

Applicants who achieved University Entrance through NCEA in 2020 will be assessed under separate NZQA entry requirements that take into account the impacts of COVID-19. Candidates must have achieved:

  • University Entrance, which is NCEA Level 3 comprised of 60 credits at NCEA level 3 or above and 20 credits at NCEA Level 2 or above, including:
    • 12 credits each at NCEA Level 3 in three approved subjects; and
    • Literacy (10 credits at NCEA Level 2 or above made up of 5 credits in reading and 5 credits in writing); and
    • (3) Numeracy (10 credits at NCEA Level 1 or above made up of specified achievement standards or a package of three numeracy unit standards – 26623, 26626, and 26627 – all three required).

Special admission

Applicants who have not met the general admission or entry requirements for the programme but whose skills, education or work experience indicate that they have a reasonable chance of success may be eligible for special admission. Special admission will be granted at the discretion of the relevant Head of School/Centre Director or designated nominee. Such applicants may be required to successfully complete a foundation, bridging or tertiary introductory programme as a condition of entry into higher-level programmes.

Provisional entry

Applicants who have not met the above entry criteria but who can demonstrate a reasonable chance of success through other educational attainment and/or work or life experience may be eligible for provisional entry at the discretion of the relevant Head of School/Centre Director or designated nominee. Provisional entry places restrictions on re-enrolment to be lifted if the applicant’s performance is deemed satisfactory by the relevant Head of School/Centre Director or designated nominee. Provisionally registered candidates will be monitored closely and if they successfully complete their first semester of study, they will be able to move to full enrolment.  If they fail half or more of their enrolled modules in the first semester, they will be exited from the programme.

Selection criteria

a) Candidates must be 17 years of age at the start of the programme.
b) Candidates are required to be working (paid or voluntarily) for at least 12 hours a week in a licensed early childhood setting by the start of the programme.
c) Candidates are required to disclose whether they have been convicted of a criminal offence and police vets will be carried out on all candidates.  By signing the police vet form candidates are consenting to the police vet process being carried out. Candidates should be aware that some types of criminal conviction may limit their ability to secure practicum placements, and thus to complete the programme requirements, and/or may prevent them from gaining registration as a teacher. These include issues of trust, professionalism and misconduct or issues which impact the student’s ability to work with children’s physical, emotional, psychological or medical well-being. When determining whether an applicant’s criminal convictions impact on their ability to meet the “Good Character and Fit to be a Teacher” criteria as outlined by the Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand the “severity, recency, age at offending and pattern of offending are taken into consideration”. 
d) As required by the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand, every candidate must participate in a selection process determined by Wintec’s Centre for Education and Foundation Pathways. This may include, but is not limited to:

  1. Submit an application package including CV and written personal statement about why the applicant specifically wishes to apply for the Bachelor of Teaching (ECE) Programme (word guideline - 100);
  2. Provide the name and contact details of a referee who will be contacted for a confidential referee’s report;
  3. Undertaking a written test on comprehension, literacy and numeracy;
  4. Participating in an interview.

Safety check

In order to comply with the provisions of the Vulnerable Children Act, 2014 and Wintec Child Protection Policies for all ‘specified organisations’ providing a ‘regulated service’, all applicants will be subjected to safety checking.  These will include but are not limited to:

  • A Formal Interview
  • Referee Check
  • A Police Vet Check
  • A Risk Assessment

Any unsatisfactory result arising from the full safety checking process may result in the applicant/candidate being precluded/declined entry or withdrawn from the programme of study.  Furthermore, candidates must declare any pending or new convictions arising during any stage throughout the entire enrolment period. A conviction or failure to declare a conviction may also result in the candidate being immediately withdrawn from the programme. Persons who are convicted of ‘specified offences’ will not be accepted onto any programme that requires that person to work in an organisation providing a regulated service.

English language requirements

Candidates for whom English is an additional language must demonstrate their English language proficiency with a band score of 7.0 or higher for each component of the academic version of IELTS. The Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand has several exemptions to this requirement and candidates should check these with Wintec in case they meet one of them.

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*Please note: Te Ara Pūtake programme does not give automatic entry into the Bachelor of Teaching (ECE) - other criteria applies.

To check what you need to gain direct entry to a course, review the entry criteria available on each programme page. These assist you in understanding what qualifications or experience are typically required to gain entry. You can contact our team at or 0800 2 Wintec at any time for further guidance.

Your first day

Are you ready for your first day of class? Check out your start date and where you need to be. You can also find useful information about studying at Wintec on our welcome page.

Semester 1 2025

Date: To be confirmed
Time: 9am-4pm
Venue: To be confirmed, City Campus

Date: To be confirmed
Time: 9am-4pm
Venue: To be confirmed, City Campus

Returning students

Please check your timetable for your first class details.

What you will need

Please bring a pen and paper, and a laptop (not compulsory). Please note, we recommend you regularly check Moodle before your start date as this is where the information for online classes will be.

Timetable information

All Wintec timetables are available online here.

How to find your way around

Campus maps can be found here.

Parking and bus information

Both the Rotokauri and City campuses have parking available - payment and permits may be required. The Gardens Campus has free parking available. Learn more about parking and find out about bus services here.

He reo pōwhiri, your official welcome to Wintec

Tēnei te mihi mahana ki a koe e piki nei, e kake nei ki te Kuratini o Waikato.

You are warmly invited to attend the official welcome to Wintec for all new students, staff and whānau (family) at either our marae, Te Kōpū Mānia o Kirikiriroa or Rotokauri campus. The pōwhiri is a welcoming ceremony involving mihimihi (speeches), waiata (singing), and will conclude with kai timotimo (light refreshments). Please gather at the campus hubs, and a staff member will guide you through our pōwhiri.

Click here to find out when the next pōwhiri will be.

Paying for your study

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