Early Childhood Teaching - Bachelor of Education

Want to work as an early childhood teacher in an early childhood centre? The Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Teaching) prepares you for this rewarding career.

This specialty is designed for students who want to work as an early childhood teacher in an early childhood centre. You’ll develop your understanding of early childhood education and the early childhood teaching national curriculum, Te Whariki.

If you want to specialise in working with Pacific children, you can complete your practicum courses at a Pacific ECE centre, and study courses that develop your skills to be an effective early childhood teacher working with Pacific children.

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This is part of the Bachelor of Education ([Specialty] Teaching).

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Year 3

Option courses you can include in Year 3


*Students who complete EDUC624, EDCR719, EDCR736 courses along with their Professional Practice courses ECET704 & ECET706 at a Pacific early learning service can have their qualification endorsed with the Pacific specialty. These courses will develop the skills, knowledge and understanding to be a responsive early childhood teacher working with Pacific communities.

Practicum teaching placements

All students are enrolled into a practicum course each semester where they are placed alongside an associate teacher in an early learning service. These practicum placements are connected to the Teaching Council - Standards for the Teaching Profession and provide students with a coherent pathway of study which grows in complexity and length overtime. This ensures students become effective, responsive and reflective teachers.

As part of these placements students will work with children from 0-5 years. Centres include a diverse range of early childhood education and full daycare centres, kindergartens and community-based preschool facilities.

  • Graduates are eligible to apply for provisional teacher registration
  • Teaching in an early childhood centre
  • With experience, management of an early childhood centre

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Other specialties in the Bachelor of Education ([Specialty] Teaching)

Key features
  • Prepares you for a career as an early childhood teacher, working with children from 0 to 5 years
  • Develop key skills in teaching the curriculum
  • 25 weeks of practicum teaching placements in a range of early learning services across Auckland
See yourself as
  • Someone who enjoys interacting with children
  • An effective communicator
  • Kind and empathetic

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

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