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Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Early Childhood Education) New Zealand Tertiary College

New Zealand


Course info


Degree graduates from any discipline are enabled to gain specialist knowledge in the area of early childhood education with this qualification. Featuring a strong practical component, students benefit from hands-on learning and working alongside study commitments. Upon completion, graduates are eligible to apply for New Zealand teacher registration.


The Professional Early Childhood Teacher; Pedagogy for Infants, Toddlers and Young Children; Tiriti-based Early Childhood Education, Teaching as Inquiry, Learning and Development in the Early Years, The Early Childhood Curriculum; Planning, Assessment and Self-Review in Early Childhood Education; Inclusive Early Childhood Practice, Early Childhood Teachers as Leaders, Field Practice.

Field Practice

All students are required to complete 14 weeks of full-time Field Practice in four and five week blocks during the course of the program. A total of five weeks can be carried out in a Home Centre (the main centre at which a student may already be employed) and nine weeks in a different centre.

Further study pathways

New Zealand Tertiary College qualifications have been designed to link easily into each other, providing you with a flexible range of pathway options into higher level study.

Upon completion of the Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Early Childhood Education) you may be eligible to apply for the following postgraduate programs. Entry criteria will apply.

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Early Childhood Education)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Leadership and Management)
  • Master of Education (Early Childhood Education)
  • Master of Early Childhood Education

Mode of learning

Blended Learning - This mode of learning blends the flexibility of online learning with face-to-face learning and practical experience, including tutorials, block courses, supervised field practice and work experience. The Blended Learning mode includes access to NZTC Online for learning including course materials, library, research and support materials, and assessment submission and return.

Students can start on any Monday.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Early Childhood Education).

Online/Distance with attendence (1.33 years)

Tuition fees

NZ$31,000.00 (16,32,810) per year

NZ $31,000 for the entire course




Auckland offices

NZTC Office,

Level 2, 1 Marewa Road,



1051, New Zealand

Entry requirement for international students

All applicants must:

  • Hold a Level 7 Bachelor’s degree (360 credits), a Level 8 Bachelor’s degree with Honours (480 credits), a Level 9 Master’s degree (240), or a Level 7 New Zealand Diploma of Teaching (Primary) - Applicants who have gained their qualification outside of New Zealand have to provide an NZQA International Qualifications Assessment confirming the level and credit value of the bachelor’s degree.
  • Demonstrate your ability to meet the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand's Good Character and Fit to be Teacher Policy (2007) criteria
  • Declare any physical or learning disability, or diverse needs that may impact on your performance as a student

Applicants are required to provide proof of their English language competency by meeting the language criteria defined in Rule 18 of the NZQF Programme Approval and Accreditation Rules 2013 for a level 7 qualification.

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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