Bachelor of Teaching Early Childhood Education

Ready to set yourself up with the skills to start your career in early childhood teaching?

This Bachelor’s degree prepares you to work as a trained teacher in early childhood education settings.

You'll gain the competency, knowledge and skills to be able to apply for your teacher registration. You learn about the principles of the national early childhood curriculum, Te Whāriki, and how to incorporate these into teaching and learning. You also deepen your understanding of child development, cultural diversity and individual curriculum areas, as well as the process of research and reflection to inform teaching practice.

Biculturalism is embedded into the course and during the three years you build on your understanding and appreciation of the concepts of te ao Māori (Māori world view) and mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge).

As part of the course you spend time working at an early childhood centre – we find the placements for you! With supervision from qualified teachers you develop your confidence in planning for, and documenting, children’s learning, and prepare yourself for professional practice.

Our graduates are in demand, and enthusiastic, motivated students often get job offers following their placements.

Content Details

Year 1:

  • Ngā Ritenga Tahi: Professional Practice 1
  • Te Whakatakinga Marautanga: Introduction to Curriculum
  • Te Aronga Rangahau: Introduction to Research
  • Ngā Kōhungahunga: Infants and Toddlers
  • Ngā Ritenga Rua: Professional Practice 2
  • Ngā Rereketanga-Ahurea: Diversity
  • Te Reo me ōna Piringa: Language and Literacy
  • Te Puawai

Year 2:

  • Te Horopaki Akoranga Kohungahunga: The Context of Early Childhood Education
  • Ngā Ritenga Toru: Professional Practice 3
  • Putaiao/Hangarau: Science and Technology
  • Ngā Mahi Toi: The Arts
  • Te Takoto o te Hāpori Whānui: Outdoor and Community Environments
  • Te Kawa o te Marae
  • Te Puawai 2

Year 3:

  • Te Kaihautu Mātanga hei Kairangahau: The Professional Practitioner as a Researcher
  • Ngā Ritenga Whakaako: Professional Practice 4
  • Aromatawai: Assessment and Planning
  • Pangarau: Mathematics
  • Te Ture Pāpori-Kotahitanga: Social Justice and Inclusion
  • Rangahau 2: Practice Based Research
  • Te Puawai 3


Planned intakes*: February
Delivery modes: Full-time/part-time
Locations*: Rotorua (Mokoia Campus)
Duration: Three years

* subject to change. Intakes may vary between locations.

To see full details of the next available intake please visit the application form.

Indicative Fees

2018 domestic students to be confirmed

The fee shown for domestic students is applicable to New Zealand citizens and permanent residents. If an international fee is not listed above please refer to the international fees page. All fees are indicative only and subject to change.

You MAY be eligible for a StudyLink Student Loan for your tuition fees.

Find out if your programme qualifies by visiting the Studylink website.

If you also need to pay course related costs, i.e. if outlined in programme costs above, you need to apply separately to StudyLink (up to $1,000/academic year for eligible students). Note course related costs are paid directly into your bank account by StudyLink and you will be required to pay this to Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology.

Qualifications Gained

Upon successfully completing the requirements you'll receive the award of:

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

Career Opportunities

  • Application for registration as a teaching in early childhood education.

Entry Criteria

You must:

  • be 17 years old or older;
  • meet academic requirements for New Zealand University Entrance or equivalent, AND have four NCEA Level 2 (or higher) credits in both reading and writing;
  • have evidence of academic ability (success at NZQA Level 4 or equivalent) and ability to succeed. This may be demonstrated through personal references or testimonials of life and work experience; AND
  • pass a literacy and numeracy test or provide other evidence demonstrating ability to NCEA Level 2 or equivalent in literacy and numeracy.

Additional Requirements

You must:

  • submit and pass a police check and declare any criminal convictions before enrolment, AND
  • provide two character references
  • Information Session/Interview - you’ll be invited to an information meeting prior to Toi Ohomai offering you a place. This is your opportunity to find out more about the course content and to make sure you're on the most appropriate course for your career aspirations and current level of experience.


International applicants for whom English is not their first language will be required to show evidence of language competency, issued within the last two years, before being eligible to enrol in any non-English programme. The level of competency required is outlined in Rule 18 and Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules 2013. And below under the title English Competency.

English Competency

Level 7 certificate, diploma, degree, post graduate certificate or diploma IELTS Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5 or completed NZ Certificate in English Language L4 with the Academic Endorsement or meets a relevant English Proficiency Outcome as outlined in Rule 18 and Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules 2013.

For domestic applicants for whom English is not their first language, evidence of language competency may be required.