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New Zealand Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 4)

Key information

Level of study:
Certificate
Tuition fees:
Duration:
19 weeks
Start date: 25-July-2022
Campus:
Ara Institute of Canterbury
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Course details

Summary

Build on your knowledge and skills for the early childhood education sector.

The New Zealand Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 4) will prepare you to provide practice-based education and care in early childhood settings and/or to pathway into higher-level study leading to a teaching qualification.

Taught by supportive tutors in a practical learning environment, the programme covers: designing learning experiences aligned to socio-cultural theories of learning and development; developing a personal philosophy of professional practice; developing inclusive teaching practices that promote diversity and the place of Maori as tangata whenua; using effective communication strategies to establish healthy relationships in early childhood environments.

The programme also includes a work placement practicum in an early childhood setting where you can apply what you're learning in an authentic work environment. Courses are timetabled during school hours to cater for students with children.

Career opportunities

This qualification will equip you to work in a range of early childhood education settings as an educator, Kaimahi, support worker, session leader or organiser of parent-led services or playgroups.

Study pathways

Further study options (not offered at Ara) include Level 5 or higher qualifications in Early Childhood Education or teaching.

Entry criteria

NCEA Level 1 (80 credits at Level 1, including 10 Literacy credits and 10 Numeracy credits)

OR New Zealand Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 3)

If you have undertaken examinations other than NCEA (e.g. International Baccalaureate, Cambridge Examination), Ara will assess your qualification for academic entry equivalency.

Alternative Requirements

Still want to study but don't meet the Academic Requirements?

If you show that you have equivalent skills for tertiary study gained through study, work and/or life experience, you may be able to gain alternative entry.

Note: The number of courses you have to complete for this qualification may be reduced where you have relevant credits from previous study, or evidence of similar learning or experience in the workplace.

IELTS test - Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5

SPEAKING - 5.0
READING - 5.0
WRITING - 5.5
LISTENING - 5.5

TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT) - Score of 530 (with an essay score of 4.5 TWE)

TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) - Score of 46 (with a writing score of 14)

Cambridge English Qualifications - B2 First or B2 First for schools with a score of 162. No less than 154 in each skill

Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE (Academic) score of 42 with no band score lower than 36

Course variation

25-July-2022 - Timaru Campus

Campus:
Timaru Campus
Tuition fees:
Duration:
19 weeks
Start date: 25-July-2022
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