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Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) (Level 7)


  • Semester 1 starts February 2018
  • Semester 2 starts July 2018
  • Three years full-time, or part-time equivalent
  • Fee Guideline: $6,373* (per year) (International students: Please click here for fee information)
  • City Campus, Hamilton

Do you want to teach young children? Or are you currently unqualified and working in an early childhood setting? If so, then Wintec’s Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) is designed just for you.

You’ll enjoy sharing your knowledge with learners and watching their skills and confidence grow.

You’ll learn how to build and maintain relationships with children and discover how they learn, how to teach and what to teach.

You will also acquire the leadership, planning and organisational skills and values you need to be a professional teacher.

While studying you will be required to be in a licensed early childhood education setting for a minimum of 12 hours per week. This will
allow you to practise what you are learning in a real setting.

Classes are one day and one evening per week and a minimum of 12 hours per week in a licensed early childhood education setting, as well as self-directed learning.

The first year of the programme focuses on learning and understanding theoretical and educational concepts; the second year focuses on the implementation of these concepts, and the third year builds on both the theory and the practical aspects while at the same time encouraging you to become a more critically reflective practitioner.

Programme Content

You will study:
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

You will also study optional content appropriate for an early childhood teacher.

Career Opportunities

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

The Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) may lead to employment as an Early Childhood Teacher in Childcare, Homebased Childcare Visiting Teacher, Kindergarten and other early childhood settings. There is also the opportunity to become part of the wider teaching community in roles such as an Associate Teacher or Mentor. You may also choose to continue onto further study at postgraduate.

Entry Criteria

Candidates must have achieved:

Degree Level Academic Admission /University Entrance:

  • 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
  • UE Literacy (10 credits at NCEA Level 2 or above made up of 5 credits each in reading and in writing); and
  • UE 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.

Candidates are required to be working (paid or voluntarily) for at least 12 hours per week in a licensed early childhood setting by the start of the programme.

This programme also requires special criteria such as a Police Check, and declarations to support student applications - see the application process below. Candidates are required to indicate whether they have been convicted of a criminal offence as some types of criminal conviction may limit the ability to secure practicum placements aand therefore complete the programme and/or gain registration as a teacher.

Candidates under 20 years of age can only apply to this programme with University Entrance, specified above. Candidates must be a minimum of 17 years of age at the start of their programme.

Domestic candidates aged 20 years or above who have not met the General Academic Admission for this programme but whose skills, education or work experience indicate that they have a reasonable chance of success1 may be eligible for Special Admission. Special admission will be granted at the discretion of the 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. Special Admission applicants to the Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) must demonstrate a proficiency equivalent to UE in literacy and numeracy.

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 New Zealand Teachers Council has several exemptions to this requirement and candidates should check these with Wintec in case they meet one of them.

Download the full programme regulations:

Application Process

Once you’ve submitted your application

  • We’ll email you to confirm we’ve received it and let you know if there’s anything more we need from you.
  • We’ll assess your application and if you’re eligible to proceed we’ll  invite you to attend a selection interview
  • This will include an interview with one of our tutors - 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’ll need to accept your offer to confirm your place on the programme. Click here to find out more about enrolment and accepting your offer.


Scheduling and Workload

Actual timetables will be provided closer to your start date (as this is dependent on what stream you will be placed in). As a general guideline the expectation is that you will be required to be at Wintec for one full day (9am-4.15pm) and one evening (5-8pm) each week. You 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.


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

Secondary School Students

Want to spend a day at Wintec's City Campus exploring an exciting and rewarding career in Early Childhood Education. Talk to your STAR Coordinator or Careers Advisor about our Wintec Early Childhood Education Taster.

Find Out More

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* Graduate Destination Survey 2014

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