Bachelor of Education

Helen is so hot!

"I was drawn to the practical learning experiences and the personal approach AUT provides through its teaching and lecturers. And I found that the lecturers at AUT really care and go the extra mile."

Helen Morris
Teacher, Poppies Kindergarten
Bachelor of Education
(Early Childhood Teaching)

Find out more about Helen’s journey.

Early Childhood Teaching - Mainstream

This mainstream option is designed for students who wish to continue with their early childhood studies in mainstream early childhood centres. Explore the Pasifika Early Childhood Teaching stream

  • Kupe scholarship opportunities are available for Māori or Pasifika graduates. Find out more.

What this option covers

You will continue to develop your knowledge and skills as you extend your understanding of early childhood education and the early childhood teaching national curriculum, Te Whāriki.

Year 3 papers in Early Childhood Teaching (60 credits)
  • Curriculum and Planning V
  • Curriculum and Planning VI
  • Human Development: Theoretical Perspectives.

And 1 of the following:

  • Special Topic: Bilingualism in Early Childhood Education
  • Special Topic: Music and the Visual Arts for Early Years
  • An elective paper.

Career opportunities

  • Graduates are eligible to apply for provisional teacher registration which is required for employment as a qualified teacher.
  • Teaching in an early childhood centre


Year 1
EDUC552 Taki Haere Mai
ECET501 ECE Professional Inquiry and Practice I
EDUC551 Human Development and Learning I
ECET502 Early Childhood Education in Aotearoa/New Zealand
EDCR510 Curriculum I: Infants and Toddlers
EDUC550 Whanau/Family and Society
ECET503 Health and Safety
EDCR511 Curriculum II: The Young Child

Year 2
ECET601 ECE Professional Inquiry and Practice II
EDUC652 Karanga Mai
ECET604 Working with Parents as Partners
EDCR610 Curriculum III
ECET603 Special Topic: Centre Design OR
ECET602 Special Topic: Infants and Toddlers
EDCR611 Curriculum IV
EDUC651 Principles of Learning and Teaching
ECET605 Childhood Studies in Aotearoa New Zealand

Year 3
ECET701 ECE Professional Inquiry and Practice III
EDUC752 Research for Teaching
EDUC650 Inclusive Education
EDCR710 Curriculum and Planning V
ECET705 Human Development and Learning: Theoretical Perspectives
EDCR713 Special Topic: Music and the Visual Arts for Early Years OR
EDUC751 Teaching Children from Diverse Ethnicities
EDCR712 Curriculum and Planning VI
EDUC753 Sociopolitical Perspectives in Education

In support of the Treaty of Waitangi, AUT offers Nil Fee Te Reo Māori papers that can be taken as part of a Bachelor of Education at AUT.

Last updated: 29-May-2017 3.52pm

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.