Qualification Overview

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
The Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Early Childhood Education) aims to produce graduates who demonstrate the ability to analyse and critique theoretical concepts and current issues in early childhood education, and use them to inform their own practice; engage in self directed learning and advance study around and demonstrate intellectual independence, analytic rigour, and the ability to understand and evaluate new knowledge and ideas; and demonstrate the practice expected of an early childhood teacher.
Employment pathways
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Entry Requirements
Applicants must have: a New Zealand Diploma of Teaching (Primary) Level 7 or a Bachelor's degree at Level 7 or higher qualification. The College selection panel assesses the ability of all applicants for the Graduate Diploma in Teaching (ECE) Level 7 to meet the good character, 'Graduating Teacher Standards' and 'Fit to be a Teacher' guidelines of the New Zealand Teachers Council. An offer of a place is made subject to a satisfactory police check. International students whose first language is not English must hold an IELTS (Academic) score of 7.0 overall.
Education Organisation New Zealand Tertiary College Limited
Developed By New Zealand Tertiary College Limited
Quality Assured By Quality Assurance Division, NZQA
Number PC8619
Status Current
Created October 2009
Next Review December 2015
Content
The Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) has been developed in recognition of the New Zealand Teachers Council; Graduating Teacher Standards.
The programme consists of four key strands of learning and field practice: Professional Studies; Curriculum and Teaching Studies; Development and Learning Studies; and Family and Community Studies. The programme emphasises the skills required to be successful in an academic learning environment such as study skills, language and writing skills and research skills.
Each of the four core strands includes essential knowledge, skills and dispositions covered in the programme to culminate in a well prepared early childhood professional. The programme's core strands also show direct linkage to the four principles of the New Zealand early childhood curriculum document, Te Whariki, and to the four key elements of the New Zealand Teachers Council Satisfactory Teacher Dimensions.

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