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Key to the tables

P Prerequisite: Course(s) you must complete to a defined standard (or have waived) before your enrolment in another course is confirmed.

C Corequisite: Course(s) that must be completed in the same semester as another course, unless already passed or waived.

R Restriction: Similar courses, that cannot both be credited to the same qualification.

The Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood Education)
GradDipTchg(ECE)

Qualification Regulations

Part I

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

Part II

Admission

1. Admission to the Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) requires that the candidate will:

(a) meet the University admission requirements as specified; and

(b) hold a New Zealand teacher education (Primary) degree of at least 360 credits or a New Zealand teacher education (Primary) three-year diploma of at least 360 credits, or equivalent which meets the requirements of the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand for registration as a teacher in New Zealand;

or

(c) hold an overseas teacher education (Primary) degree of at least 360 credits or overseas teacher education (Primary) three-year diploma of at least 360 credits or equivalent, and be registered as a teacher with the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand;

or

(d) have been awarded or qualified for a Bachelor's degree of at least 360 credits, or equivalent; and

(e) hold a qualification(s) approved by the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand as appropriate for entry; and

(f) have completed approved courses in education to the value of at least 30 credits.

2. In all cases candidates are required to have:

(a) demonstrated competence in literacy and numeracy; and

(b) achieved an Academic IELTS score of at least 7.0 with no band less than 7.0 or approved equivalent within the preceding two years, unless the candidate holds New Zealand University Entrance Level 2 literacy credits or higher, or Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand recognised equivalent qualification(s) and/or schooling; and

(c) met the requirements for registration as set down by the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand, in terms of in terms of good character and fitness to be a teacher.

3. Admission to the Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) will be granted or withheld on consideration of the admission requirements specified under Regulations 1 and 2, a Police Vetting report and a selection process which may include a written application, interview, and written and/or practical exercises as may be determined by the Academic Board or their delegate.

Qualification Requirements

4. Candidates for the Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) shall follow a flexible programme of study, which shall consist of courses totalling at least 120 credits, comprising:

(a) the Professional Studies and Teaching Experience courses listed in Schedule A of the Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) Schedule (75 credits); and

(b) the Curriculum Subject Studies courses listed in Schedule B of the Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) Schedule (45 credits); and

(c) attending professional practice and community placements, field trips, studios, workshops, tutorials, and laboratories as required.

Specialisations

5. The Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) is awarded without specialisation.

Academic Requirements

6. Every candidate for the Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) shall perform to the satisfaction of the Academic Board or their delegate at least 14 weeks of supervised clinical practice, in accordance with the requirements of the following courses:

(a) 265.470 ECE Professional Inquiry and Practice 1;

(b) 265.485 ECE Professional Inquiry and Practice 2.

Student Progression

7. Should a student in the Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) be charged with an offence against the law after entry into the qualification, the student must advise the College Pro Vice-Chancellor or their nominee of the charge within three working days.

8. If the Academic Board or their nominee is of the opinion that any student does not meet in general terms the requirements set down by the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand for registration as a teacher in New Zealand in terms of good character and fitness to be a teacher, the student's enrolment in the Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) programme will be refused or cancelled.

Completion Requirements

9. A candidate's programme of study may not exceed two years of full-time study, or three years of part-time study from date of first enrolment in a course to be credited to Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood Education).

10. Candidates may be graduated when they meet the Admission, Qualification and Academic requirements within the prescribed timeframes.

Unsatisfactory Academic Progress

11. For candidates enrolled in the Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood Education), the following will lead to exclusion from the qualification:

(a) failure to obtain a pass in a course in two successive attempts; or

(b) failure to pass courses totalling at least 60 academic credits or failure to pass at least 50 percent of an approved part-time programme of study in any academic year; or

(c) failure to complete the Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) within two years of full-time study, or three years of part-time study from the date of first enrolment in a course to be credited to the Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood Education).

12. A person excluded under Clause 11 will only be readmitted to the Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) with the approval of Academic Board or their nominee. Such approval may be withheld or granted subject to conditions.

Schedule for the Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood Education)

Schedule A: Professional studies and teaching experience courses (75 credits from)

265.470 ECE Professional Inquiry and Practice 1 15 credits
P

265.471 Learning and Development in Early Childhood Education Contexts 15 credits

265.472 Advanced Studies of Infants and Toddlers 15 credits

265.476 Curriculum and Teacher Inquiry in ECE 15 credits

265.485 ECE Professional Inquiry and Practice 2 15 credits
P 185.470 or 265.470 R 136.485

Schedule B: Curriculum subject studies courses (45 credits from)

265.473 Integrating Early Childhood Curriculum: Mathematics and Literacy 15 credits

265.474 ECE Curriculum, Assessment, Planning & Evaluation 15 credits

265.475 The Arts in Early Childhood Education 15 credits

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