Mainstream Early Childhood Teaching - Bachelor of Education

Want to work as an early childhood teacher in a mainstream 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 a mainstream early childhood centre. You’ll develop your understanding of early childhood education and the early childhood teaching national curriculum, Te Whariki.


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

Start date: 2019

Start date: 2020

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Option papers you can include in Year 3*

*not all option papers will be offered each semester/year. Students must take at least two 700 level option papers.

Teaching placements

All students need to complete a number of teaching placements in a diverse range of practicum centres (as prescribed by the Teaching Council). The centres are mainly based in Auckland and include early childhood education and full daycare centres, kindergartens and community-based preschool facilities.

As part of your placements you work with children from 0-5 years in different settings over your three years of study. For many students this workplace experience is the highlight of the degree.

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

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

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