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New Zealand Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 5)

Key information

Level of study:
Diploma
Tuition fees:
Duration:
1 year
Start date: 21-February-2022
Campus:
Ara Institute of Canterbury
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Course details

Summary

Extend your skills to become a knowledgeable and confident early childhood educator.

The New Zealand Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 5) will equip you to provide high quality, 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, it covers the early childhood education curriculum (Te Whariki) and the role of play in child learning and development; effective written and oral communication; and the use of te reo Maori. It also explores bicultural infant and toddler care and education strategies to create high quality, safe and inclusive learning environments. You’ll develop, reflect, and receive feedback on skills in observation, assessment and planning for teaching young children.

The programme includes a 180-hour supported placement experience, enabling you to practice behaviour guidance strategies in an authentic early childhood education setting. This will be undertaken in two, three-week blocks. When not on placement, you’ll attend classes for three and a half days a week, during which you’ll participate in active learning experiences, including group projects, presentations to peers, and practicing te reo and tikanga Maori.

Career opportunities

This qualification will enable you to work as a non-registered early childhood educator in a range of settings (centres, hospitals, in-home, parent-led) or as a nanny or au pair. You'll also have the skills to supervise or guide volunteers in some early childhood settings.

Study pathways

Further study options include a Level 6 diploma or a degree in teaching (some providers accept the diploma as equivalent to the first year of a degree).

Entry criteria

NCEA Level 2

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

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 - 5.0
LISTENING - 5.0

TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT) - Score of 550 (with an essay score of 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

21-February-2022 - Timaru Campus

Campus:
Timaru Campus
Tuition fees:
Duration:
1 year
Start date: 21-February-2022
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