As an early childhood teacher you have the chance to teach infants, toddlers and young children when they are most open to learning. The rapid rate of development in children of this age and their natural desire to learn makes for a hugely gratifying environment in which to work.
The Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Early Childhood) (BTchLn(EarlyChildhood) is an internationally recognised qualification that prepares you for a teaching career in different early childhood settings. This degree is available to study full-time or part-time:
The Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Early Childhood) requires 360 points as follows:
If you would like to study by distance you will need to attend up to two on-site intensives, one of which is a two week on-site intensive at the beginning of the programme. This will be held in Christchurch unless you are enrolled in the regional programme in New Plymouth.
Courses integrate web-based material, audiovisual resources, video conferences and email. You will also attend professional practice placements in early childhood education centres for up to ten weeks per year.
The BTchLn(EarlyChildhood) can be completed in three years by full-time study or up to six years by part-time study.
Admission to UC with University Entrance, or equivalent, is required to enrol for a Bachelor's degree. Domestic applicants over 20 who do not hold University Entrance, or equivalent, may gain admission by providing evidence of their ability to complete tertiary study successfully. For example, applicants may want to consider the Certificate in Learning Support (CertLS) which is available by distance or the Certificate of University Preparation (CUP). For information on gaining admission to UC please see how to apply for undergraduate qualifications.
You are also required to meet UC’s English language requirements.
For the full degree entry requirements see the Regulations for the Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Early Childhood).
The BTchLn(EarlyChildhood) has one intake each February. Selection for entry is based on:
English language requirements
Students for whom English is an additional language must provide evidence of their English language ability as follows: