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Qualification Title Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Early Childhood Education)
Qualification Type Graduate Diploma
Level 7
Credits 160
Subject Area
  • Education » Teacher Education » Teacher Education: Early Childhood (Pre-Service)
Strategic Purpose Statement
Graduates of the Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Early Childhood Education) will extend degree-level knowledge, skills and abilities from previous study. This includes, but is not limited to, an understanding of bicultural and multicultural issues and will gain knowledge and skills in early childhood teacher education. Graduates will be able to gain New Zealand teacher certification and employment as a registered teacher in New Zealand. Graduates will successfully apply and extend degree skills of analysis, research, critical thinking, and reflective skills to a range of early childhood settings, including Māori and Pasifika, to enable them to work independently, as well as collaboratively in diverse early childhood situations.
Graduate profile
Apply the key principles of The Treaty of Waitangi/Te Tiriti o Waitangi to New Zealand early childhood settings; Collaborate to develop respectful relationships with colleagues, children, whānau and communities; Design learning based on curriculum knowledge, assessment and individual learners; Create a culture of collaboration, inclusion and safety focused on diverse learners; Apply the assessment cycle to children's learning in a range of New Zealand early childhood contexts; Apply knowledge and scholarship in evidence-based problem-solving relating to early childhood contexts in New Zealand
Education pathways
This qualification may lead to further study at the postgraduate level in study related to early childhood education, leadership and management, as well as general education.
Entry Requirements
Must hold New Zealand Diploma of Teaching (Primary) level 7, a Bachelor degree at level 7, a Bachelor degree with honours at level 8 or a Master's degree at level 9 qualification; Demonstrate ability to meet the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand's Code of Professional Responsibility and the Standards for the Teaching Profession (2017); All students must meet the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand language requirements; International students must meet the NZQA Rule 18 language requirements
Education Organisation No organisations currently offer this qualification.
Developed By New Zealand Tertiary College Limited
Quality Assured By New Zealand Qualifications Authority
Number 4604
Status Current
Created May 2022
Next Review August 2028
Content
Te Whāriki
The early childhood curriculum document Te whāriki mātauranga mō mokopuna o Aotearoa (2017) is the basis for the teaching and learning in the program.
Te Tiriti o Waitangi / The Treaty of Waitangi
The program is underpinned by Te Tiriti o Waitangi / The Treaty of Waitangi, and te reo Māori and tikanga Māori are woven throughout the program.
Diversity and Inclusion
The program actively promotes and advocates for bicultural, multicultural and inclusive practices.
Program Design
The program meets the requirements set out in the ITE Programme Approval, Monitoring and Review Requirements (Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand, 2019). The Conceptual Framework of the qualification is informed by the NZTC Values, Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand document, Our Code, Our Standards (Education Council, 2017) and Tātaiako and Tapasā the cultural competency frameworks for Māori and Pacific (Education Council, 2011; Ministry of Education, 2018)
Professional Experience
Students are required to undertake 16 hours a week (paid or voluntary) in an approved, licensed early childhood education setting. Students are also required to undertake 120 days of professional practice placement across the fifteen months of the program in other approved licenced settings. There are two placements of four weeks each, per year of study.

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