ECE Diploma to Degree Upgrade Pathway
Whakamohoa Tītohu

Apply for Semester 1, 2022

Applications for study commencing in Semester 1, 2022 are now open.

Wondering how to convert your ECE diploma to a degree? Boost your career by upgrading your ECE diploma to a degree with our teacher upgrade course.

This is a 1–2-year part-time course for those with an ECE teaching diploma who would like to upgrade to a Level 7 Bachelor of Teaching (ECE). Being part-time, you can continue to work while you study for the degree.

The ECE upgrade course will deepen your knowledge of:
•    curriculum design, assessment and inquiry
•    inclusion, exclusion and marginalisation in ECE settings
•    infants and toddlers
•    mātauranga Māori
•    leadership in early childhood education.

Please note that, because this course does not include a practicum component, it is not a pathway to  teacher registration.

Diploma of Teaching (ECE) to Degree


Course delivery
Te ara tuku

The pathway consists of three courses, each 12 weeks long, and one 16 week course (Māori Teaching and Learning | Te Hā o te Ao Mātauranga Māori) taught in semester 2, which you may be required to complete if you meet either of the following criteria:

  • You did not receive your diploma from Te Tari Puna Ora o Aotearoa/New Zealand Childcare Association (NZCA) –
    the previous name for Te Rito Maioha Early Childhood New Zealand.
  • You are unable to demonstrate competency in te reo Māori me ngā tikanga Māori.

This additional course includes a noho marae component.

Contact us

0800 244 532

[email protected]

Virtual Open Days

Dates & Times for Virtual Open Days will appear here when scheduled.

Apply for Semester 1, 2022

14 January 2022

Admission requirements
Nga hiahiatanga tono

To join this programme, you must:

  • hold a recognised Level 7 New Zealand ECE teaching diploma qualification
  • provide evidence of previous experience working with children in an early childhood service.

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Waheeda Begum – Bachelor of Teaching (ECE)

Through my study, I gained a lot of confidence in myself to teach and learn te reo and tikanga Māori.
I cannot express my gratefulness enough for the support that I received from the teaching staff.
I have had an amazing experience studying with Te Rito Maioha.