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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.

This degree offers you the opportunity to learn the theoretical knowledge of early childhood teaching as well as undertake field-based education. Field-based education enables you to regularly put your classroom learning into practice. This will result in you graduating with excellent knowledge and skills for teaching in early childhood settings.

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

This programme is approved by NZQA and the New Zealand Teachers Council, and is studied over three years or six years part-time.

NZQA Approved

The programme content and how it is taught is directly influenced by the standards set by NZQA and the New Zealand Teachers Council. Wintec also works closely with a wide range of early childhood education providers to ensure the qualification remains relevant.

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

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 and chartered early childhood setting by the start of the programme.

This programme also requires special criteria such as a Police Check, references and declarations to support student applications.

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 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. 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.

Candidates are also required to provide two confidential referee reports (on the Wintec form and not from close family members) (in addition one from your school Principal if still at school), a current C.V. and a personal statement stating why you wish to apply for the programme with their application. 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 and therefore complete the programme and / or gain registration as a teacher.


Download the full programme regulations:

Application Process

1. Check that you meet the entry criteria.

2. Submit your Application to Enrol form as well as:

  • a one page curriculum vitae. Follow this link for an example of how to write a curriculum vitae.
  • a personal statement about why you would like to apply to study the programme (approx 100 words)
  • two references to support your application. Click here to download the referee report form.

3. Receive acknowledgement of your application

4. Application assessed by the review panel

5. Final selection process (2-3 hours) – during this  you undertake three tests (numeracy, literacy and comprehension) and are part of a group interview.  You will also have a one on one interview with a selection panel member. 


Identification checking

A candidate’s identity must be verified at the final interview. They must supply:

  • A primary identification document (original birth certificate,  ( NZ full birth certificate that is issued on or after 1 January 1998 and that carries a unique identification number. Note: if the birth certificate was issued before 1998 it can be verified by a Justice of the Peace. ) passport, citizenship certificate, NZ certificate of identification or a NZ firearms licence); AND
  • A second form of official identification that shows the claimed identity is used in the community (driver licence, HANZ 18+ card or IRD number); AND
  • One of the two forms of identification must be photographic, verified in person against the candidate.       

6. Application outcome - You will receive a letter advising you of the outcome of your application

7. Confirmation of entry - You will be sent a letter of offer - you need to sign and return the letter to accept your place. 

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.

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