Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood Education)
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- Admission to Teacher Education
- Study Options
- Qualification Structure
- Teaching Experience
- Key Dates
- How To Find Out More
- List of Courses
This full-time one-year qualification for graduates is appropriate for applicants with an undergraduate degree or primary teaching qualification.
The aim of this diploma is to equip beginning teachers to work effectively within the diversity of early childhood education services that involve young children and their families and whānau.
The Graduate Diploma of Teaching (ECE) programme of study values the unique nature of society in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Successful completion of this qualification enables you, as an early childhood teacher, to teach in a wide range of early childhood education services in Aotearoa/New Zealand and to be eligible for provisional teacher registration with the New Zealand Teachers Council.
For entry into any teacher education qualification, you will need to be assessed and accepted by the Faculty of Education as suitable for the teaching profession. This involves meeting set criteria, having supportive referees, making declarations about any criminal convictions or health and disability issues, being proficient in the English language and successfully taking part in an assessment exercise. Applicants will be selected on the basis of academic merit.
Go to admission and entrance for more information about entry to teacher education qualifications.
This qualification involves attending classes online and completing blocks of teaching experience in early childhood centres.
- is flexible and convenient for those with very good self-management skills
- includes a compulsory residency. Students are responsible for the costs of travel and accommodation for the residency
- has examinations which take place in main centres around New Zealand. Students are responsible for all the costs of attending exams.
The expected workload involves 40-50 hours of course work and study per week. Teaching experience blocks require full-time attendance for all students.
To be awarded the Graduate Diploma of Teaching (ECE), a student must successfully complete 155 points made up of all eight courses in the list below.
Enrolled students can access their timetable via the study tab on the My Victoria site.
There are two seven-week blocks of full-time teaching experience (using the New Zealand curriculum) in New Zealand schools.
Teaching experiences are planned in such a way that students are able to see how theory and practice interlink in the development of quality teachers.
Students graduate in December or May following satisfactory completion of the qualification.
As a graduate of this programme you can:
- apply for a teaching position in schools through New Zealand
- apply for provisional teacher registration from the Education Council
- be recommended by your employing school for full registration after two years (and up to five years) of satisfactory teaching.
Key dates for the Graduate Diploma of Teaching qualifications include enrolment deadlines and TE periods.
How To Find Out More
You can order more information on this subject using our Request for Study Material form.
Victoria's Student Recruitment and Orientation Office offers advice on courses and help with planning your degree.
The Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) is administered by the Faculty of Education.
For course information go to the Course Finder.
|TCHG 302||The Teacher in Context|
|TCHG 311||Early Childhood Teaching and Pedagogy|
|TCHG 312||The Multi-literate Child|
|TCHG 313||Assessment for Learning in the ECE Context|
|TCHG 314||Science, Maths and Technology|
|TCHG 301||The Learner in Context|
|TCHG 305||Early Development and Relationships|
|TCHG 303||Mātauranga Māori in Education|