Diploma in Early Childhood Education (Pasifika)
Te Tohu Pokairua Matauranga Kohungahunga (Pasifika)

Applications for study starting Semester 1 2024 are now closed. You can apply now for the next intake for Semester 2 2024 or contact us at [email protected]

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Strengthen your understanding and skills to teach and engage with Pacific children, families and communities.

For study commencing in 2024, a full scholarship is available for this programme. Find more information here.

You will gain a deeper knowledge of Pacific ways of knowing and being which you can put into practice in both Pacific and mainstream early childhood centres.

This Level 5 Pasifika early learning programme is designed for all qualified or unqualified teachers who want to improve their cultural competency and more effectively engage with Pacific early learners. 

In addition, you will gain a strong foundation in child well-being, learning and development in the bicultural context of Aotearoa New Zealand. Qualified ECE teachers may gain credit for prior learning.

The Pasifika early childhood education programme aligns with Tapasā: Cultural Competencies Framework for Teachers of Pacific Learners, designed to increase the capability of all teachers of Pacific learners by the Ministry of Education -Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga and Teaching Council - Matatū Aotearoa.

Some courses may be credited towards the Bachelor of Teaching (ECE), providing you with a pathway towards further study and teaching qualifications.

If you are not a qualified teacher, the programme can be studied full-time over 1 year or part-time over 2 years. If you are a qualified teacher, you can study the programme part-time over 1 year, which makes for excellent professional learning and development.

Diploma in Early Childhood NZ (Pasifika)


Programme delivery
Te ara tuku

Four 30-credit courses are taught over a 1-year period through online learning. There is also the option to study the programme part-time over 2 years.

Two of the courses will be taught concurrently in Semester 1 with the remaining two taught concurrently in Semester 2.

If you are a qualified ECE teacher, you may be eligible for credit for prior learning.

Completion of our Level 5 Pasifika programme may provide a pathway into our Level 7 Bachelor of Teaching (ECE) initial teacher education programme and the opportunity to further your early childhood career.

Semester 2, 2024

Domestic applications: 17 June 2024
International applications: 6 May 2024

Contact us 

0800 244 532

[email protected] 

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Admission requirements
Ngā hiahiatanga tono

To apply for this programme, you must:

  • be at least 17 years old (or 18 years old if you are an international student with the minimum entry requirement being Academic IELTS Level 5.5 with no score lower than 5)
  • provide a Confidential Referee Report (which cannot be from a family member or friend)
  • provide evidence that you will be working with children in an early childhood service (your home service)
  • pass a children’s worker safety check as required under the Children’s Act 2014, including police vetting
  • have NCEA Level 3 (including 10 literacy credits at Level 2 and 10 numeracy credits at Level 1) – if you do not have NCEA Level 3 or its equivalent, we will consider your application on a case-by-case basis.

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