Bachelor of Pasifika Education (Early Childhood Teaching)

Study early childhood education through a Pasifika worldview. The programme has been designed around TalanoaLālanga (weaving), a set of Pasifika concepts that draw from diverse Pasifika knowledges, that shaped the content of the papers in the programme.

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: 2 March 2015

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 has a strong themed approach to preparing teachers in 3 particular areas which are introduced in Year 1 and revisited in Years 2 and 3 in increasing depth and complexity.

These are the Poto: Professional Inquiry and Practice papers (which include a 3-5 week practicum teaching experience each semester), the Ako mo e 'ilo: Curriculum papers and the KoloaAotearoa: Indigenous and Migrant Education papers. In addition, papers specific to early childhood practice are included in the programme.


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 New Zealand Teachers Council
  • Gain teaching positions in Pasifika early childhood centres
  • Gain teaching positions in mainstream 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: 29-Jan-2015 9.26am

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