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Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning (Early Childhood)
Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning (Early Childhood)

Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning (Early Childhood)

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  • Level:1-Year Post-Secondary Certificate
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Admission Requirements

Entry requirements

  • Students wishing to enrol in the GradDipTchLn(EarlyChildhood) must have a relevant bachelor's degree or higher (or be entitled to enrol for the Diploma with other qualifications of an equivalent standard), and approval from the Dean of Education and Health Sciences, on the recommendation of a Selection Committee.
  • Selection for entry is not automatic and is based on academic ability, involvement and interest in working with children and young people, community involvement, communication skills, and other personal qualities.
  • The selection process includes a police check and may include an interview.

English requirements

  • IELTS: Academic with an average score of 6.0, with a minimum of 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • TOEFL iBT: Total minimum score of 80, with at least 19 in reading, writing and listening 
  • TOEFL PBT: With a minimum score of 550 and TWE with a minimum score of 4.5
  • CCEL EAP: Level 2 with a minimum C+ grade
  • CAE or CPE: minimum score of 169 with at least 162 in reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): PTE with an overall score of 50 and no PTE communicative skills score below 42
  • NZCEL:  Level 4 - Academic endorsement

Course Information

The Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning (Early Childhood) is for university graduates who wish to become an early childhood teacher, educating children in their vital early years of life, from 0-6 years of age.

Students study the Diploma either on campus or via distance. Distance students study their programme off campus, and attend three on-campus intensives.

Students who successfully complete the Diploma will meet Matatū Aotearoa | Teaching Council of New Zealand graduating teachers standards requirements and may be eligible for provisional registration with the Council as a teacher in Aotearoa New Zealand.

UC's College of Education, Health and Human Development | Te Rāngai Ako me te Hauora has a national and international reputation for producing high-quality teacher graduates based on a 135-year tradition. UC is ranked in the top 200 universities in the world for Education (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2019).

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The GradDipTchLn(EC) is made up of the following compulsory courses:

  • TEPI 361 Becoming a Professional Teacher
  • TEPI 362 Being a Professional Teacher
  • TEPP 361 Professional Practice 1
  • TEPP 362 Professional Practice 2
  • TECE 358 Curriculum Design
  • TECE 359 Te Reo me ngā Tikanga Māori
  • TECE 361 Holistic Development, Learning and Culture
  • TECE 362 Curriculum for Infants and Toddlers
  • TECE 364 Pedagogy of Play
  • TECE 365 The Intentional Teacher
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Pre Courses

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Pathway Courses

Pathways include:

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Education
  • Master of Education
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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

  • Successful completion of this Graduate Diploma meets Matatū Aotearoa | Teaching Council of New Zealand graduating teachers’ standards requirements. Upon successful completion, graduates may apply to the Teaching Council for provisional registration which enables them to apply for teaching positions in Aotearoa.
  • This programme is designed to meet the requirements of Aotearoa settings. Applicants should contact the relevant authorities for international requirements.

Ability to settle

Overseas Student Health Cover

Insurance/year: 700 NZD/per year

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