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Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education)

Study Options



3 years


Level 5 - 7

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Make a Difference to the Lives of Others

A passionate, skilled and qualified early childhood teacher has an important role in the learning and development of infants, toddlers and young children. The early years of a young child’s life lay the foundation for life-long learning.

This programme will allow you to undertake study to attain a teaching qualification while being employed or working voluntarily in an early childhood setting. On completion of the Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) you will be ready to apply for registration as a professionally certificated ECE teacher with the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand.


This is a field-based teacher education programme providing a balance between theory, research and practice; enabling you to regularly apply your learning and understanding in early childhood settings.

For two days a week you will attend classes on campus. You’ll also undertake a minimum of 12 hours a week in a licensed early childhood setting. The teaching and learning areas you’ll study will include:

  • Human learning and development
  • The social and political contexts of early childhood education
  • Professional inquiry in practice
  • Ngā tangata whenua o Aotearoa
  • Curriculum in action
  • Teachers as researchers

Please feel free to make an appointment to discuss your study options. You can meet with our staff in person at our Hawke’s Bay campus, or simply give us a call on 0800 22 55 348. And you’re most welcome to visit EIT to view our facilities at any time.

Career Opportunities & Outcomes

An internationally recognised degree in early childhood education gives a professional qualification that enables opportunities to work in a range of vocations, Career opportunities include teaching in: kindergartens, early childhood education and care settings, home-based services, and special education.   This qualification also prepares students for further postgraduate study.


There is one entry point per year:

  • Mid February


Entry requirements

International entry requirements

Graduate Profile

Sue Walker owner of Happy Days Child Care in Taradale has employed six EIT Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) graduates. Sue talks about why she loves EIT graduates and how they are “work ready”. Michelle Rochester talks about her experiences while studying and why she chose early childhood education.

Academic Learning Services

Academic Learning Services is here to assist you on your journey towards the successful completion of your studies at EIT. Our aim is for you to become confident, competent and independent learners.

We have dedicated advisors who can assist with your learning.

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Hawke’s Bay Campus



EIT offers a variety of scholarships across various subjects and programme levels.  Some scholarships are based on your age, some are specific to the subject you want to study.  Not all scholarships are based on your academic ability and anyone wanting to study should investigate what scholarships are available to them.  

You can find a list of EIT scholarships here however there are many more scholarships offered nationally.  Information about these is on an database called “givME”. givME is accessible at EIT or at some public libraries. If you would like to come to EIT to look through the giveME database don’t hesitate to contact scholarships@eit.ac.nz or call in for a chat.