BTchg (Early Childhood)

This Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood) programme is for people interested in working with children from birth to approximately five-years old in early childhood services.

The New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum, Te Whāriki used in early childhood centres as a framework for teaching and learning, was developed by lecturers at the University of Waikato.

(Degree graduates see GradDipT (Early Childhood)) 




Ki Taiao (Māori Medium)


Semester A (starting January)

*excludes Ki Taiao 

Entry criteria

University entrance criteria

To apply

Complete the teacher education selection process
Apply now for the Semester B intake!

Programme requirements

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. All papers have an emphasis on equity and social justice. There are opportunities in a number of papers to enhance skills and knowledge in areas such as art, music, maths, information technology, dance and language and literacy.

The practicum involves practical teaching experience over several consecutive weeks and is an opportunity to put the theory you learn into practice. Practicum allows you to experience day to day learning and teaching in an early childhood service.

You are also placed for one day or a half-day per week during year 1 and 2 in early childhood services. These placements provide opportunities for practical teaching. Placement is linked to specific papers and requires you to carry out tasks and observations.


The BTchg (Early Childhood) consists of completing a total of 20 papers at 100, 200 and 300 level (360 points) over three years.

100 level

TEDE111 Professional Practice 1: Practicum

TEHD100 Human Development for Educators

TEPS110 Professional Practice 1: Becoming a Teacher

TEPS112 History, Philosophy and Politics of Early Childhood Education

TEPS113 Te Tiriti Based Partnerships (E1)

TEPS114 Exploration, Play and Pedagogy

TEPS115 Children’s Wellbeing (E1)

200 level

TEDE211 Professional Practice 2: Practicum (E2)

TEHD220 Developing Inclusive Practices

TEPS210 Professional Practice 2: The Reflective Practitioner (E2)

TEPS211 International Issues in Early Childhood Education (E2)

TEPS212 Making Sense of the World (E2)

TEPS213 Te Tiriti Based Pedagogies (E2)

TEPS214 Children’s Language and Communication (E2)

TEPS216 Integrating the Arts in Early Childhood Education (E3)

TEPS218 Family and Community (E3)

300 level

TEDE311 Professional Practice 3: Practicum (E3)

TEPS310 Professional Practice 3:The Professional Educator (E3)

TEPS311 Belonging and Contribution (E3)

TEPS313 Developing Early Childhood Programmes (E3)

TEPS314 Transition in the Early Years