ECE Diploma to Degree Upgrade Pathway
Whakamohoa Tītohu

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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

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Virtual Open Days

Sessions will be added here as they are scheduled.

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Study commencing Semester 1, 2023

13 January 2023

Admission requirements
Ngā 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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