Whether your passion is early childhood, primary, secondary or tertiary teaching, or adult education, our programmes will help put you on the path to a meaningful career, with a recognised qualification and real-world experience.
Educators are at the heart of building confident children and strong, positive communities. Now more than ever, the world needs dedicated educators who enjoy helping people of all ages develop to their full potential.
Manukau Institute of Technology is committed to providing opportunities to a greater number in the community through blended learning programmes that allow students to balance work and study.
A story in the New Zealand Herald highlighted a shortage of qualified early childhood educators, noting that the early childhood council found 30 percent of childcare centres have unfilled vacancies for qualified teachers this month.
“Demand in Auckland is extremely high,” says Kylie Smith, Head of Education at Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT). “Students in our diploma and degree programmes are typically employed before they have completed their studies.”
MIT’s school of education is in close contact with early childhood centres who want students to complete their practical training with them. Many of these placements become full-time jobs.
“I want to become a qualified teacher, to have more knowledge to support children in early childhood, That's the purpose I wanted to pursue. Early childhood education is regarded as a key factor in a child's growth development and shaping their futures. I chose this course because I feel like I can make the world and society better for future generations.
The support from the teachers and my centre teachers to actively help me with this course, and help with assignments, has been the best part of my student journey at MIT. I feel like I have a lot of support, and without them, I couldn't reach where I am right now.
I'm originally from China, a lot of students studying are from different cultures and backgrounds. MIT accept everyone and they give everyone equal education, and I think that’s unique. There are not too many male students in the class, I feel really proud of myself to be one of them.”
“We have early childhood programmes from level four to level seven, including a 6-month certificate, a one-year diploma, and a three-year bachelor of education. All are field-based, which means students are learning in centres as well as in our classrooms, - this is almost like doing a practical job interview. Centres can't wait to employ our students, so they often get snapped up and employed well before they finish.
What's beneficial about the suite of programmes we have in early childhood is, students who potentially haven't enjoyed school, or maybe didn't attain the required NCEA literacy credits or UE, there are still other pathways for them into the programmes. There are lots of alternate ways that we can assist students to help them pursue ECE.
So, if you're thinking of studying early childhood education, if you’re passionate about working with children, and if you're passionate about pursuing a career that leads to practical job skills, then MIT is the place for you. We have classes, you're not sitting in a lecture theatre with 100 other people. We want to personalise your learning journey. Part of that is getting to know you well, but also having the opportunity for you to know us too.
What I love about the school is a lot of our teachers are graduates of our program. I'm a graduate of the early childhood program. I came back here because I love this place. You really develop a sense of belonging here that this is your place. Many of the team have studied here, they're always researching, finding the best ways of teaching, engaging the community, making sure they are staying current and active as well as teaching subjects they are passionate about. I think that's a big drawcard for any student who would want to come to MIT because we want to be able to provide them with not only the best experience but the best teaching.”
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“I have a passion for working with children. I have worked with children for a while and I thought getting qualified would give me more knowledge and techniques to better my job. I also have children and this journey has really helped me to become a better person as well.
I thought MIT would be the best choice for me because I was close to home and it turns out it was the best choice that I made. The support is amazing. The lecturers are very approachable, the environment, the people that you work with, it's got a very family approach. I love it. The lecturers are always there when you need them. They're always there to guide you, nurture you, and send you in the right direction.
What I enjoyed the most here is getting to work together with my group, my peers, we get a lot of interaction. We help each other a lot. I didn't have that support before and I'm really glad that I have chosen MIT.
MIT is very hands-on, so when you finish here there's not much change or difference when you go into the workplace. You just fit in because you've already gained the knowledge and what is happening in the field because of what you've already done in the classroom. I just blend in with all the other qualified teachers, because that's what MIT has equipped me with. You will never be supported as much as this place.
This qualification will take me anywhere. My dream job is to become a tertiary lecturer. I know this qualification will take me there because of what I have learnt from the lecturers. They give me so much support, they give so much energy, and the knowledge is just impeccable. I know it will take me a long way, I have no doubt.”
“I'm a stay-at-home mom of six children. I spent a lot of time in the education system with my own children and had the opportunity to come and do relieving at the centre where I work now. After working there for 18 months the other teachers there recommended that I become qualified, partly because it was better for my practice to have that knowledge because I could then cover qualified staff members as well.
Being at MIT doing this degree has really helped me. It's given me the confidence to pursue my practice and share my knowledge with others.
My biggest challenge that I had to overcome was probably time management. I still have children at home, our own business, and I still work. Fitting in study was quite challenging for me in the beginning, but the support from the lecturers and my classmates have made it a lot easier.
The thing that I've enjoyed the most about my journey with MIT is the relationships. I'm one of the oldest in my class, but that hasn't made any difference, everyone has been really supportive and encouraging, including the lecturers.
The flexible study options offered at MIT have been really invaluable. Being able to attend class but also do them online if need be, and being able to be in contact with the lecturers all the time.
I think the best thing about a career in early childhood is the children. I absolutely love working with them, they teach me something new every day. It's pretty hard to have a bad day when you're working with kids because they always make you laugh.”
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