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New Zealand Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 4) Otago Polytechnic

New Zealand



Course info


Build on the skills and knowledge you developed at Level 3.

Educators are always in demand and teaching skills are highly transferable. During this programme, you will learn how to provide hands-on education and care to young children from a range of cultural backgrounds.

Alternatively, it could also act as a pathway into higher level learning, leading to a teaching qualification.

Career opportunities

  • Childcare Support Worker
  • Home-based Carer
  • Nanny
  • Education Support Worker
  • Tertiary Teacher
  • Private Educator
  • Industry Educator
  • Staff Trainer.

Further study options

Graduates of this qualification may undertake further study towards the New Zealand Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 5) or proceed to commence a Level 7 teacher education (ECE) qualification.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study New Zealand Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 4).

Full Time (6 months)

Tuition fees

NZ$8,560.00 (4,47,964) per year


19-Jul-21, 18-Jul-22


Otago Polytechnic

Dunedin Campus,

Forth Street,


North Dunedin,

9016, New Zealand

Entry requirement for international students

Learners must be at least 17 years old.
For applicants under 20 years old, NCEA Level 2 including 10 Level 2 literacy credits and 10 Level 2 numeracy credits OR New Zealand Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 3) OR equivalent academic achievement.

For applicants over 20 years old, there are no academic entry requirements.
In exceptional circumstances, an applicant under the age of 20 who does not meet the academic entry requirements may be granted entry to the programme where they supply evidence of their ability to succeed on the programme.

IELTS test: General or Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5; TOEFL paper based test (PBT): Score of 530 (with an essay score of 4.5 TWE); TOEFL internet based test (IBT): Score of 46 (with a writing score of 14); Cambridge english qualifications: B2 First or B2 First for schools with a score of 162. No less than 154 in each skill; Pearson test of english (ACADEMIC): PTE (Academic) score of 42 with no band score lower than 36; Language Certificate: B2 Communicator IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill.

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

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