Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Teaching) (Level 7)

Programme highlights

Get prepared for a rewarding career in early childhood education.

Study with MIT to learn the hands-on skills you need to teach in a range of early childhood settings.

You will also develop skills in implementing a range of cultural teaching practices, including Māori and Pasifika worldviews.

This qualification involves plenty of real-world work experience.

Along with 21 weeks of full-time placement, You will spend a minimum of 12 hours a week working in an early childhood centre.

Flexible study option

How to qualify

If you don't yet meet the entry requirements for this degree programme, find out how you can qualify by completing our New Zealand Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care (Field-based) (Level 5)

Key facts

Start Month(s) February, July
Study Location(s) MIT Otara
Level 7
Domestic fees $6,400 per year (approx.)
Youth Guarantee Not Available
Programme Code MN4481
Duration

Three years (full-time)

Study Method Full-time, Blended
Credits 360
International Fees NZD$21,700 per year (approx.)
Māori and Pasifika Trades Training Scholarship Not Available
Qualification MIT Degree

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Entry requirements

Applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

Be seventeen years of age or older at the start of the programme.

All applicants aged less than 20 years must have achieved University Entrance (UE);

Or

International applicants must demonstrate that they have the equivalent to New Zealand University Entrance;

Or

Applicants who are 20 years of age at the commencement of the programme and have relevant life and/or work experience but do not have the minimum academic requirements, may apply for admission if they meet comparable literacy and numeracy requirements as those entering with UE.

English Language Entry Requirements

Applicants must have sufficient competence in the English language to undertake this programme, which is taught and assessed in English. All candidates for entry will be assessed by the ITE provider prior to entry in accordance with Education Council New Zealand/Matatū Aotearoa requirements. 

Any applicant whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of their English language competency;

And

All applicants for whom English is not their first language must have a minimum score of 7.0 in all components of Academic version of IELTS (International English Language Testing System).

Not exempted: English as an additional language (EAL) applicants whose medium of instruction was fully in English in a university in a country (other than New Zealand or Australia) where English is an official language, and who are graduates at degree level (7) would be required to meet the additional English language requirements of an IELTS assessment.

Exempted Case: EAL teaching candidates who had studied in New Zealand for a minimum of two years at secondary school, and who had eight, level 2 NCEA University Entrance literacy credits (4 credits in reading and 4 credits in writing), gained prior to 2014 would be exempted from the requirement to meet an IELTS assessment. Candidates who gained their NCEA from 2014 onwards, the exemption requirement is of ten, level 2 NCEA University Entrance literacy credits (5 credits in reading and 5 credits in writing).

Exempted case:  EAL teaching candidates whose medium of instruction was fully in English in a New Zealand or Australian tertiary education organisation (TEO – university, polytechnic, institute of technology, wānanga or PTE) and who studied in a campus model of delivery in each year of the degree* and who are graduates at a degree level (7) or higher, would not be required to meet an additional English language requirement. (* This mean that a candidate would have been attending lecturers, tutorials, laboratory classes at the campus in New Zealand or Australia, engaging in full time study using English throughout each year of the degree. For this exemption to apply a minimum of three years of full time study for a bachelor’s degree or two years for a master’s degree would be required).

If Manukau Institute of Technology holds  concerns about an EAL candidate’s English Language competency, the Institute  will be required to have them complete an IELTS assessment and to meet the required level for entry to the programme.

For more detail on language competency requirements check: https://teachingcouncil.nz/content/language-competency-requirements-0

Literacy Competency

All candidates for entry will be assessed on their literacy prior to entry using a Programme Committee approved Literacy test or as determined by the Education Council New Zealand/Matatū Aotearoa and must achieve a score over 60%.

Numeracy Competency

All candidates for entry will be assessed on their numeracy prior to entry using a Programme Committee approved Numeracy test or as determined by the Education Council New Zealand/Matatū Aotearoa and must achieve a score over 50%.

Information Technology Competency

All candidates prior to entry will complete a self-assessment of their ICT competency as this programme will have as a delivery option  a significant proportion of delivery via on-line/web supported modes, we will ensure that  candidates have the Information Technology competency to enable full access to the delivery mode.

Regulatory and Other Entry Requirements

Persons wishing to undertake the BEd (ECT) must complete the prescribed application form and submit it to the Faculty of Education and Social Sciences.  The application form includes a declaration of physical and mental health, a declaration of all criminal and pending criminal convictions and consent for a police check.  Applicants may be required to provide a health declaration that they are emotionally, mentally and physically capable of undertaking the demands of the teaching programme as required in the New Zealand Education Council New Zealand/Matatū Aotearoa Code of Professional Responsibility and Standards for the Teaching Profession (2017) and Approval, Monitoring and Review of Initial Teacher Education Programmes (2010 updated 2017). Reports may be requested with the consent of the Applicant.

The application form must be submitted with the following:

  • Evidence of educational qualifications
  • Two satisfactory written referee reports, from independent referees, who will provide confidential information on the applicant. Referees will be asked to affirm that the applicant is of good character, is likely to be ‘fit to be a teacher’ and can communicate well with adults and children. Referees may not be relatives of the applicant and must have known the applicant for at least two years. Referees must send the completed form directly to the School of Education.
  • Proof of identity in the form of a verified passport sized photograph.The photos must meet these following requirements:
    • Verified original photo must be submitted (no scanned or photocopies accepted).
    • Taken within the last 6 months.
    • Full front view of face. Head must fill most of the photo.
    • Must be a plain light coloured background.
    • No hat or head covering (except for religious reasons).
    • No sunglasses or dark tinted lenses.
    • A letter of support from the practicum ‘home‘centre.
  • Evidence of IELTS level 7 (Academic) as required for EAL applicants

Demonstrate a mature and positive approach to study, commitment and motivation to succeed;

And

Be able to relate to and communicate with young children, their parents and family/whānau;

And

Have no criminal convictions which would preclude them from working with children in a position of trust and no medical, physical, or psychological condition which could preclude working with children;

And

Displaying respect for persons, for cultural and social values of New Zealand, for the law and for the views of others;

And

Be mentally and physically fit enough to carry out the teaching role safely and satisfactorily;

And

Applicants must be able to meet the sustained practicum (‘home’ centre) requirements and provide a signed letter of support from the centre in which they propose to undertake their ‘home’ centre practicum to show that they will be in paid or voluntary work with children in a Licensed Early Childhood Centre for a minimum of 12 hours per week each semester (practicum block weeks excepted) at the start of and for the duration of the programme.  

Note: Assistance will be given with the process of finding a voluntary placement for successful applicants as necessary;

And

Applicants must be able to attend teaching practicum at specified times and places

Visit the IELTS Test Centre for more information.

Provisional Entry

Students who have attained the age of 20 years and do not hold the minimum entry requirements for a programme will be eligible to be enrolled as a student where their previous educational, work or life experience indicates they have a reasonable likelihood of success. Students who have not attained the age of 20 years and do not hold the required minimum entry requirements for a programme may also be eligible to enrol in exceptional circumstances. Such decisions will be made by the Director/Head of School.

International students

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Career opportunities

Early childhood teaching, management of early childhood centres, home-based care co-ordinator

Programme structure

You will need to complete the below 12 courses (360 credits):

Level 5

902.526 Professional Inquiry 1: Introduction to Early Childhood Teaching (30 credits)

Develop knowledge, skills and understanding of the professional role of the early childhood teacher and the value of a play based curriculum.

902.529 Professional Inquiry 2: Responsive, Reflective Teaching (30 credits)

Understand and apply the principles of collaborative assessment to reflect on and refine your teaching practice along with appropriately planning for and documenting children’s learning.

902.532 Manākitanga Whānaungatanga: Principles and Practices (30 credits)

Develop and extend their own knowledge and understanding of manākitanga and whānaungatanga principles and practices to support professional, respectful and collaborative relationships.

902.533 Hauora, Kotahitanga: Children’s Well-being and Development (30 credits)

Develop knowledge and understanding of the holistic nature of development from conception to six years. You will investigate issues around child protection, food safety and nutrition and other influences on children’s learning and well-being.

Level 6

902.631 Tūhura Ngā Toi Āhuatanga: Exploring the role of the Expressive Arts in Education (30 credits)

Develop theoretical knowledge and practical skills in the expressive arts in order to foster your own and children’s dispositions, learning and expression in the arts.

902.632 Professional Inquiry 3: The World of the Infant and Toddler (30 credits)

Develop theoretical knowledge and practical skills in respecting the unique nature of infant and toddler care and education.

902.633 Te Reo Ataata Mātauranga: Early Childhood Curriculum (30 credits)

Deepen understanding, knowledge, and skills of working with children to promote language, literacy, numeracy and science development in early childhood settings in Aotearoa/New Zealand within a critical pedagogical framework.

902.634 Professional Inquiry 4: Teacher Identity, Learning Environments  and Nature Pedagogy (30 credits)

Examine teacher identity and your own personal philosophy about learning environments and exploring the value of being outside in nature. Investigate topics of environmental sustainability, planning for children’s holistic development, excursions and the importance of fundamental movement skills for development.

Level 7

902.737 Professional Inquiry 5: Practice-based Research (30 credits)

Develop the knowledge, skills and understanding in research methodology to undertake a research project on a topic of your choosing to improve your personal practice in an early childhood setting.

902.741 Creativity and Technology in a Community of Learning (30 credits)

Develop understanding of exploring social studies as a means to foster your own and children’s creativity, including the reflective use of technology.

902.742 Influences of Politics, Educational Ideas and Social Justice Issues on Early Childhood Education (30 credits)

Investigate and critically reflect on political, social justice and other influences on the evolvement of early childhood education in Aotearoa New Zealand.

902.743 Professional Inquiry 6: Leadership and Professional Responsibility (30 credits)

Develop knowledge, skills, and understanding of management and leadership practices within early childhood education and professional responsibility reflecting te Tiriti o Waitangi principles. Articulate and represent your learning journey, growth and achievement in meeting all the Standards for the Teaching Profession as outlined by the NZ Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand).

Key dates

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Key information for students

Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Teaching)

Entry Requirements
Minimum requirements [?] Any minimum or preferred criteria for entry to this qualification. Be seventeen years of age or older at the start of the programme. All applicants aged less than 20 years must have achieved University Entrance. OR International applicants must demonstrate that they have the equivalent to New Zealand University Entrance. OR Applicants who are 20 years of age at the commencement of the programme and have relevant life and/or work experience but do not have the minimum academic requirements, may apply for admission if they meet comparable literacy and numeracy requirements as those entering with UE. English Language Entry Requirements Applicants must have sufficient competence in the English language to undertake this programme, which is taught and assessed in English. All candidates for entry will be assessed by the ITE provider prior to entry in accordance with Education Council New Zealand/Matatü Aotearoa requirements. Any applicant whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of their English language competency. See the programme document for detailed English Language competency requirements.
Detailed requirements [?] Click here for more information on any additional entry criteria for this qualification. More information about entry to this qualification
Duration [?] The minimum amount of time it takes to complete this qualification. 3 Years
Tuition Fees Annual Total Qualification
Student fees [?] Annual:
The annual tuition fees payable by a student to study this qualification, additional to what the government contributes. (This is an average based on recent course enrolments. Your fees may differ depending on your course selection.)

Total Qualification:
The total tuition fees payable by a student to study this qualification, additional to what the government contributes. (This is an average based on recent course enrolments. Your fees may differ depending on your course selection.)
$6,516 $19,549
Government tuition subsidy [?] Annual:
The average annual amount paid by government towards the tuition fees for this qualification, additional to what the student pays. (This is an estimate based on the fees subsidy paid by government to tertiary providers last year.)

Total Qualification:
The average total amount paid by government towards the tuition fees for this qualification, additional to what the student pays. (This is an estimate based on the fees subsidy paid by government to tertiary providers last year.)
$8,992 $26,977
Total [?] Annual:
The combined total of the annual amount paid by both the student and government towards the tuition fees for this qualification. (This is an estimate based on recent course enrolments and the fees subsidy paid by government to tertiary providers last year.)

Total Qualification:
The combined total of the amount paid by both the student and government towards the total tuition fees for this qualification. (This is an estimate based on recent course enrolments and the fees subsidy paid by government to tertiary providers last year.)
$15,509 $46,526
Compulsory student services fee
Student loan information [?] Click here for more information on loans and allowances. StudyLink
Student Success
Successful course completions [?] The percentage of students who successfully completed courses towards this qualification last year. 90%
National Graduate Outcomes (3 years after completion)
Median earnings [?] The median represents the middle value for all earnings of young graduates who completed a qualification in this subject area at this level nationally. Earnings do not relate specifically to graduates who completed qualifications at this TEO. $48,144
Earnings range [?] The range shows the upper and lower quartile values representing the one quarter point and three quarters point for all earnings of young graduates who completed qualifications in this subject area. Half of all graduates had earnings within this range. $39,236 - $51,821
In employment [?] This percentage relates to young graduates who completed a qualification in this subject area at this level nationally and does not relate specifically to graduates who completed qualifications at this TEO. 83%
In further study [?] This percentage relates to young graduates who completed a qualification in this subject area at this level nationally and does not relate specifically to graduates who completed qualifications at this TEO. 13%
On a benefit [?] This percentage relates to young graduates who completed a qualification in this subject area at this level nationally and does not relate specifically to graduates who completed qualifications at this TEO. 1%
Note: all KIS information is the most recent available relating to domestic students only.
Click here for more information about the Key Information for Students

Information is correct as at October 2019. Programme fees are based on a full-time student and may vary depending on your final selection of courses that make up your programme. To provide you with an indication of costs, the approximate fees quoted in this publication are based on the indicative 2020 fee structure. The indicative programme fees for 2020 do not include the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF). The CSSF is an additional levy to your 2020 programme or course fees. Further information about the CSSF can be found here www.manukau.ac.nz/cssf. Programmes stated as eligible for free study in 2020 are based on the 2019 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2020. All fees are in New Zealand Dollars. You will be advised of the current fees at the time of enrolment. All courses and programmes will proceed subject to numbers and academic approval. Manukau Institute of Technology is accredited under the provisions of the Education Act 1989. International students must study in class and will not be able to enrol for online study options.