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

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Kia orana. Fakaalofa lahi atu. Mālō e lelei. Tālofa lava. Tālofa ni. Ni sa bula vinaka. Warm Pasifika greetings.


Students completing the Pasifika early childhood education programme will gain the New Zealand Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 5) – Te Tohu Pōkairua Mātauranga Kōhungahunga Manaaki (Level 5).

This Pasifika early learning programme will be of interest to qualified or unqualified teachers working in Pasifika or mainstream early childhood centres who want a deeper knowledge of Pasifika ways of knowing and being, including metaphors such as talanoa and teu le va. It will also give these educators the skills to enable them to engage effectively with Pasifika children and families.

The programme aligns with Ministry of Education and Teaching Council objectives – embodied in the Tapasā resource – to strengthen early childhood teachers’ understanding and skills in working with Pasifika learners and their families.

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, which would reduce the programme to 6 months.

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.

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0800 244 532

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Sessions will be added here as they are scheduled

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Study commencing Semester 1, 2023

3 February 2023

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
  • 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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