Te Paetahi Akoranga Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education)
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.
"I want to be a role model for my daughter."
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:
- What to teach
- Learners and how they learn
- Contextual factors
- Influencing teaching and learning
- The unique place of Māori as Tangata Whenua
- 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||EDUC0502||7
|EDUC0502||Field-based Teaching Inquiry A |
|EDUC0503||Field-based Teaching Practice B||EDUC0501||EDUC0504||8||5|
|EDUC0504||Field-based Teaching Inquiry B||EDUC0502|
|EDUC0506||Exploring Professional Practice|
|EDUC0507||Education in Aotearoa New Zealand|
|EDUC0601||Field-based Teaching Practice C||EDUC0503||EDUC0602||7||6|
|EDUC0602||Field-based Teaching Inquiry C||EDUC0504|
|EDUC0603||Field-based Teaching Practice D||EDUC0601||EDUC0603||8||6|
|EDUC0604||Field-based Teaching Inquiry D||EDUC0602|
|EDUC0606||Professional Practice in Action||EDUC0506|
|EDUC0607||Investigating Education in Aotearoa New Zealand||EDUC0507|
|EDUC0608||Pedagogy in Practice||EDUC0508|
|EDUC0701||Field-based Teaching Practice E||EDUC0603||7||7|
|EDUC0702||Field-based Teaching Practice F||EDUC0701||8||7|
|EDUC0704||Teaching as a Profession||EDUC0606|
|EDUC0705||Critiquing Education in Aotearoa New Zealand||EDUC0607|
|EDUC0706||The Pedagogical Teacher||EDUC0608|
|EDUC0707||Design Thinking and Co-creation in Education||EDUC0604|
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.
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
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.
- Apply online or download and complete an Application to Enrol Form.
- Complete the online Self-Disclosure Form.
- Complete the online Additional Information Form.
- If you have them, provide us with certified copies of your prior academic transcripts. Find out more about supporting material for enrolment here.
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?
Can I work while I'm studying this degree?
I currently relieve in several ECE settings, can this be counted as my field-based practice?
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?
Are there any additional costs associated with this programme?
Will this programme be covered by the Government’s fees-free initiative?
What support will I get while I study?
Undergraduate, semester, pathway and module – what do these words mean?
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.
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).
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.
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.
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:
- 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);
- Provide the name and contact details of a referee who will be contacted for a confidential referee’s report;
- Undertaking a written test on comprehension, literacy and numeracy;
- Participating in an interview.
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.
To check what you need to gain 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 email@example.com 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.
New students beginning Semester 1 2022
Date: Wednesday 2 March 2022 - Friday 4 March 2022
Venue: To be confirmed, City Campus
New students beginning Semester 2 2022
Date: Tuesday 19 July 2022 - Friday 22 July 2022
Venue: To be confirmed, City Campus
Please check your timetable for your first class details.
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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.
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