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

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

Laying a strong foundation of theoretical and practical knowledge in the field of early childhood education, this program equips students to become resourceful and reflective professionals, competent in the key areas of learning. These include professional studies, development and learning, and early years’ pedagogy.


Method of learning:


1 year


Code Course Level Credit
EC501 Becoming a Professional Early Childhood Teacher 5 15
EC502 The Whole Child 5 15
EC504 Culturally Responsive Early Childhood Education 5 15
EC505 Sociocultural Assessment, Planning and Teaching 5 15
EC506 Social Competence in Early Childhood 5 15
EC511 Academic Reading and Writing in Early Childhood Education 1 5 15

AND 30 credits from

Code Course Level Credit
EC503 Early Years Pedagogy 5 15
EC512 The Wellbeing of the Child 1 5 15


Code Course Level Credit
EC591 Field Practice 1 5 30
  • Students wishing to enrol in the Field Practice course are required to attend two x 16 hour Block Courses. These will be eight hours each day and will be held on a consecutive Sunday and Monday. Block Courses are an opportunity for face-to-face networking, teaching and learning for Online students. They will be conducted by NZTC lecturers, and will focus on topics relevant to the field of early childhood education
  • Students enrolled in the Blended Learning mode are required to undertake work experience (paid or voluntary) in a licensed early childhood centre for a minimum of 16 hours per week throughout the program
  • Engage in online discussions

International students will also be required to:

  • Attend tutorials for a minimum of four hours per week throughout the program

Students wishing to complete the Field Practice course will be required to attend four weeks of full-time Field Practice in a four-week block during the course of the program. The four weeks can be carried out in a Home Centre (the main centre at which a student may already be employed).

College Based
Blended Learning

For more information on the modes listed above, refer to the Modes of learning page

New Zealand Tertiary College qualifications have been designed to link easily into each other, providing you with a flexible range of pathway options into higher level study.

Upon completion of the New Zealand Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 5) you may be eligible to apply for the New Zealand Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 6), Bachelor of Education (ECE) or Bachelor of Teaching (ECE).

Graduation from the Bachelor of Teaching (ECE) results in eligibility to apply for New Zealand teacher registration. Entry criteria and field practice requirements apply.