Bachelor of Education

Leanne Mato.

"Besides all the theory I learned, I'm using the skills I developed at AUT in terms of assessment for children’s learning and a deep understanding of Te Whariki, our ECE curriculum framework. I would say that every paper I took at AUT is relevant to my job and has meant that I've been able to hit the ground running."

Leanne Mato
Teacher, Northcote Central Kindergarten
Bachelor of Education
(Early Childhood Teaching)

Find out more about Leanne'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.

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
ECET501 ECE Professional Inquiry and Practice I
ECET503 Health and Safety
EDCR510 Curriculum I: Infants and Toddlers
EDCR511 Curriculum II: The Young Child
EDUC550 Whanau/Family and Society
EDUC551 Human Development and Learning I
EDUC552 Taki Haere Mai
EDUC553 Education in Aotearoa New Zealand

Year 2
ECET601 ECE Professional Inquiry and Practice II
ECET604 Working with Parents as Partners
ECET606 ECE Professional Inquiry into Practice I II: Environments
EDCR610 Curriculum III
EDCR611 Curriculum IV
EDUC651 Principles of Learning and Teaching
EDUC653 Educational Philosophies
EDUC654 Culturally Responsive Pedagogies

Year 3
ECET701 ECE Professional Inquiry and Practice IV
EDUC650 Inclusive Education
EDCR619 Curriculum V Sociocultural approaches to learning
EDUC706 Childhood Studies

Option papers to be included at Year 3 (Semester 5)
EDCR620 Children's Literature
EDCR621 Health and Wellbeing in the Curriculum
EDCR622 Assessment Practices in Action
EDCR624 Pasifika Pedagogical Practices*

Option papers to be included at Year 3 (Semester 6)
ECET704 Life Reflected in Theory and Teaching Practice
ECET706 Infants and Toddlers
EDCR713 Music and the Visual Arts
EDCR714 Language Learning and Teaching*
EDCR716 Critical Reflection on Mathematics Education
EDCR718 Enriching the Curriculum for Pasifika Students*
EDCR721 Biculturalism and Centres/Schools in Aotearoa New Zealand
EDCR730 Steiner Pedagogy: Theory and Practice
EDUC751 Teaching Children from Diverse Ethnicities
EDUC754 Social Justice and Social Action in Education

*Denotes required for Pasifika specialty in addition to completing two Pasifika practica and attending Pasifika tutorials for core papers.

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: 13-Dec-2017 3.46pm

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