Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Teaching
The Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Teaching is for university graduates who wish to become an early childhood teacher, educating children in their vital early years of life, from 0-6 years of age.
Students study the Diploma via distance. Distance students study their programme off-campus, and attend three on-campus intensives.
Students who successfully complete the Diploma will meet the Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand graduating teachers standards requirements and may be eligible for provisional registration with the Council as a teacher in New Zealand.
UC's College of Education, Health and Human Development has a national and international reputation for producing high-quality teacher graduates based on a 135-year tradition. UC is ranked in the top 150 universities in the world for Education (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2018).
Graduate certificates and diplomas require a relevant bachelor's degree. If you gained your qualifications overseas, these will need to be assessed to ensure they are of an equivalent standard.
You are also required to meet UC's English language requirements.
Specific entry requirements
Students wishing to enrol in the GradDipECTeach must have one of the following:
- qualified for an equivalent bachelor's degree, or
- been admitted ad eundem statum as entitled to enrol for the graduate diploma, and
- approval as a candidate by the Dean of Education and Health Sciences, on the recommendation of a Selection Committee.
Selection for entry is not automatic and is based on academic ability, involvement and interest in working with children and young people, community involvement, communication skills and other personal qualities.
The selection process includes a police check and may include an interview.
For the full entry requirements see the Regulations for the Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Teaching or use the admission requirements checker.
How to apply
Applications open on 1 August and we strongly recommend that you apply as early as possible. Applications close four weeks prior to the commencement of the programme in February, or when places are filled (whichever comes first).
Download the Application for Programme Entry from the College of Education, Health and Human Development website.
Find out more about how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.
Typical diploma structure for the Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Teaching
Each small block represents a 15-point course. However, some courses may be 30 points or more.
The Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Teaching is a one-year programme (full-time) or part-time equivalent.
While the programme is conducted flexibly by distance, students are required to attend three on-campus intensives during the year.
Students also attend professional practice placements in early childhood centres throughout their programme. These placements are arranged by the College of Education, Health and Human Development.
For the up-to-date schedule of courses, see the Regulations for the Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Teaching.
Postgraduate study can bring many career benefits eg, specialist skills and enhanced knowledge, entry into specific occupations, higher starting salary/progression rates, research capability/achievement and evidence of high academic attainment/self-discipline.
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For full requirements see the Regulations for the Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Teaching.
For course advice contact the College of Education, Health and Human Development:
College of Education, Health and Human Development | Te Rāngai Ako me te Hauora
University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha
Private Bag 4800