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Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education)

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3 years


Level 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 enables you to undertake study two days a week on-campus to attain a teaching qualification while being employed or working voluntarily two days a week 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 provisionally certificated ECE teacher with the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand.


The Bachelor of Teaching – Early Childhood Education (BTECE) offers you the opportunity to gain a professional qualification as an Early Childhood Teacher leading directly to employment opportunities. This is a field-based teacher education programme which provides a balance between theory, research and practice.

Field-based education enables you to regularly apply your classroom learning. It allows you to undertake study and attain a teaching qualification while in employment or working voluntarily in an early childhood setting. This qualification prepares you for further postgraduate study should you choose to do so.

You will attend classes, on-campus, two days a week and undertake a minimum of 12 hours per week in a licensed early childhood education service. The programme is normally studied full-time over three years.

You are welcome to make an appointment to discuss your study options with our staff and to view our campus and facilities.

Your future career and study opportunities

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
  • Special education

This qualification also prepares you for further postgraduate study.


There is one entry date per year:

  • February


Entry requirements

Entry with credit

International entry requirements

Graduate profile

Happy Days Child Care in Taradale has employed six EIT | Te Pūkenga Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) graduates. Sue Walker talks about why she loves EIT | Te Pūkenga 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 | Te Pūkenga. 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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EIT | Te Pūkenga 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 | Te Pūkenga scholarships here however there are many more scholarships offered nationally.  Information about these is on an database called “givME”. givME is accessible at EIT | Te Pūkenga or at some public libraries. If you would like to come to EIT | Te Pūkenga to look through the giveME database don’t hesitate to contact scholarships@eit.ac.nz or call in for a chat.