Teachers are right at the heart of creating robust communities and early childhood educators are in high demand.
Our programmes in Early Childhood Education give you all the skills you need to develop into creative and resourceful educators who can relate to all kinds of people in a wide range of settings from early learning centres to home-based care.
Field-based experience is a large component of our early childhood programmes. Each week you will spend time working or volunteering in a licensed early learning centre or home-based care setting where you can apply theory into practice.
These programmes lead to a variety of different opportunities from entry-level through to senior positions including:
- Education support worker
- Centre-based teacher aide
- Home-based educator
- Private home nanny.
Successful completion of the level 7 Bachelor of Education (ECT) is the only programme to lead to recognised qualified teacher status, and thereby graduates are able to apply for teacher certification with the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand.
“I chose MIT because of the experiences I had heard from my friends and family who studied there. They told me MIT is all about community and people coming together to help each other succeed to the best of their ability. And they were definitely right, MIT is not an institution but it’s more like a home where the people are like your family who will always be here to support you.”
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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 per cent 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 fulltime jobs.
“For as long as I can remember I’ve wanted to be a kindergarten teacher, so I could help young children. Studying early childhood teaching at MIT was a great choice. The lecturers were hugely supportive and the combination of practical experience and classroom environment suited how I learn. It also helped me form views on important education issues and my own teaching philosophy.
The results have been extremely rewarding. I now work at a kindergarten – a job I entered with the knowledge and confidence I needed, thanks to my course. My employer has said that like other MIT graduates they have employed, I stood out because of my knowledge, dedication, passion for teaching, and experience which gave me a practical edge. The future has so many possibilities, and I have several exciting ambitions I hope to fulfil.”
The following programmes are available in this area of study: