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Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) (GDipTchg(ECE)) - 2014

  • Available at Manawatu (Subject to viable numbers of suitable students)
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • 1 year of full-time study

Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) structure

  • The graduate diploma is worth 120 credits.
  • You will be required to be computer literate and to have online access.
  • This is a one-year intensive graduate diploma programme which emphasises the professional and personal aspects of the role of an early childhood teacher in New Zealand.
  • There is a strong teaching practice component which is grounded in knowledge and understanding about what it is to be an effective early childhood teacher.
  • There are two practica each semester (14 weeks in total for the year), providing experience in kindergarten and early childhood centres. Note: Travel for practica is the responsibility of the student teacher.
2014 Practicum Dates
Practicum 1: 10-28 March
Practicum 2: 12 May - 6 June
Practicum 3: 4-29 August
Practicum 4: 13-31 October

Changes to these dates will be advised to students as they happen.

These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates


There are eight compulsory papers (refer to the structure tab):
265.470 Learning and Teaching in Early Childhood Settings
265.471 Learning and Development in Early Childhood Contexts
265.472 Advanced Studies of Infants and Toddlers
265.473 Integrated Curriculum: Numeracy and Literacy
265.474 Studies in Early Childhood Assessment and Curriculum
265.475 The Arts in Early Childhood
265.485 Professional Inquiry and Practice (ECE)
270.322 Perspectives in Early Years Education

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