Flexible learning - Early childhood education

Study a Certificate in Early Childhood with flexible learning

Full-time study isn't possible for everyone so we've developed flexible learning to make it easier for you to get qualified. As a guideline, one credit equates to approximately 10 hours of learning which may include a mix of classes, online learning, workshops or workplace learning.

Course structure
Classes - 47%

Workshops give students valuable contact time and the opportunity to develop their skills alongside other students and lecturers. It gives you the opportunity to learn new skills and get direction for the next two weeks of learning.

  • In-person - on campus at MIT Ōtara
  • 17 weeks
  • 3 days a week
  • 9am - 3pm, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Online learning and support - 44%
  • Components of the course are completed online through the Learning Management System
  • 17 hours a week.
Workplace learning - 9%
  • Students are expected to be able to apply and demonstrate learnings in the workplace.
  • Students spend 6 hours in an Early Childhood Centre per week over a 10 week period.
  • Employers and tutors will verify the students’ competency through site visits.
  • Students will be visited on-site at least once but more if required.
Speed up your qualification

At MIT, we understand that learning comes in all forms — that’s why we’re proud to offer study pathways that recognise the value of your previous work, education and life experience.

Our Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) programme is designed for those who already have the on-the-job skills and knowledge, but want to take their career to the next level with a qualification.

With RPL we can measure and match your existing skills against credits in our courses – creating a tailored path of study that will not only save you money, but also help you to complete your qualification faster.

The process is simple and we work with you to work out what we can tick off based on your experience.

Find out more here


If you have previous tertiary study (even if you haven’t completed a formal qualification/didn’t graduate), you may be able to cross-credit this study to a programme at MIT. Contact us to discuss this as part of your application.

Choose your subject
Programme Full/part-time Traditional classes Online Workplace learning
New Zealand Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 4) Either

Study is not a case of one size fits all. Our Ask Me! Student Services Centre is here to help. Whatever your situation and needs, we can give you personalised advice on how to make study work for you. Get expert and personalised advice. Contact us or request a call-back.