Bachelor of Pasifika Education (Early Childhood Teaching)

Study early childhood education through a Pacific world view. The Bachelor of Pasifika Education has been designed around Talanoa Lālanga (weaving); concepts that draw on diverse Pacific knowledge. It's great preparation if you want to teach Pacific children, either in mainstream settings or in Pacific early childhood centres.

All papers specifically relate to Pacific education. This is different from the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Teaching) Pasifika major, which has only four papers on Pacific education.

Anyone who wants to teach Pasifika children, either in mainstream settings or in Pasifika early childhood centres, will be extremely well-prepared through studying this degree which is taught at AUT's South Campus.

The Bachelor of Pasifika Education approaches early childhood teacher education through total immersion into Pasifika knowledge and culture.

This varies from the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Teaching) Pasifika major, which consists only of four papers on Pasifika education.

Programme code: AK1003
Level: 7
Points: 360
Duration: 3 years full-time / 6 years part-time
Venue: South Campus
Start date: 29 February 2016

Entry requirements

  • University Entrance
  • All applicants must ensure they meet the New Zealand Teachers Council requirements for English Language Proficiency prior to admission to the programme. The requirements changed on 1 January 2015. View the new requirements. The IELTS test (academic version) score required is 7.0 (or above) in all bands.
  • You also need to meet the New Zealand Teachers Council requirements of good character, which is assessed in the process below:

Application process

  1. Apply to enrol at AUT University.
  2. Provide additional information to the School of Education through the following supplementary forms:
  3. You will be required to sit a basic numeracy and literacy assessment. Selected applicants will be invited to attend an interview.

Structure and content

The programme focuses on appropriate teaching practice for Pacific early childhood communities. These practices are introduced in Year 1 and revisited in Years 2 and 3 in increasing complexity.

As part of your study you complete two three-week practicums in Year 1 and two four-week practicums in Year 2. You also complete two five-week placements in a Pacific early childhood centre in Year 3.

Papers

Year 1
295401  Poto: Professional Inquiry and Practice I
295402  Poto: Professional Inquiry and Practice II
295403  Ako mo e 'Ilo I: ECE Curriculum I
295404  KoloaAotearoa: Indigenous and Migrant Education I
295405  Fonua I: Human Development
295406  Mo'uiMāfana: Health and Safety in Early Childhood Education
295407  Tupu'anga: Historical Perspectives in Early Childhood Education

Year 2
296401  Poto'i: Professional Inquiry and Practice III
296402  Poto'i: Professional Inquiry and Practice IV
296403  Ako'i mo e 'Ilo'i: ECE Curriculum II
296404  FakakoloaAotearoa: Indigenous and Migrant Education II
296405  Fonua II: Human Development
296406  Kāinga: ECE, Families and Communities

Year 3
296407  Tatala: Governance and Management in Early Childhood Education
297401  Fakapotopoto: Professional Inquiry and Practice V

297402  Fakapotopoto: Professional Inquiry and Practice VI
297403  Fakaako mo e faka'ilo III: Early Childhood Education Curriculum III
297404  Koloa'iaAotearoa: Indigenous and Migrant Education III
297405  'Etau Ngāahi Lea: Our Languages
297406  Toutai: Research Methodologies

Career opportunities

  • Graduates are eligible to apply for provisional registration with the Education Council of Aoteraoa New Zealand (EDUCANZ)
  • Gain teaching positions in Pasifika early childhood centres
  • Gain teaching positions in management of early childhood centres.
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 Pasifika Education at AUT.

Last updated: 26-May-2015 1.31pm

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