The Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood) is a one-year programme for people who already have a bachelors degree and who want to become an early childhood teacher.
Bachelors degree or recognised equivalent
If English is not your first language provide proof of your English language competency (IELTS test 7.0 score in all bands)
Apply early (preferably between August and November)
Complete the teacher education application and selection process
Supply an academic transcript of previous degree study
Compulsory Professional Education papers examine areas such as professional practice, bicultural practice, understanding curriculum, theories of learning and development, infant and toddler pedagogy, parents and whānau (family) engagement and transitions for children. The curriculum papers enhance skills and knowledge in areas such as art, music, maths, information technology, dance and language and literacy. All papers have an emphasis on equity and social justice.
A total of 14 weeks (3-blocks) of full-time practicum provides practical teaching experience in early childhood settings in your local area. The practicum is an opportunity to put the theory you learn into practice through day to day learning and teaching in an early childhood service.
The majority of this programme is taught online through an interactive and supportive environment. This involves regular online interactions with university lecturers and peers. You will also be required to attend compulsory on-campus classes in Hamilton for one week in January and one week mid-year.
The GradDipT (Early Childhood) consists of completing a total of 9 papers at 700 level over one year.
TEPS751 Professional and Ethical Inquiry 1: The Treaty of Waitangi in Early Childhood Education
TEDE751 Professional Practice 1: Practicum (EG1) (February)
TEDE752 Professional Practice 2: Practicum (EG1) (June/July)
TEDE753 Professional Practice 3: Practicum (EG1) (mid October – mid Dec)
TEPS752 Professional and Ethical Inquiry 2: Inclusive Education
TEPS754 Listening to Culture
TEPS755 Learning and Development in the Early Years
TEPS756 Play and Creativity in the Curriculum
TEPS753 Professional and Ethical Inquiry 3: Transition to School
TEPS757 Communities of Learners
TEPS758 Multiple Literacies
TEPS759 Te Whāriki in Action