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Study Early Childhood Education


If you have a passion and enthusiasm for young children's learning you are encouraged to apply for admission to a University of Otago initial teacher education (ITE) programme, endorsed in Early Childhood Education. Graduates of these well established and highly regarded programmes will be qualified to teach in a variety of early childhood settings in New Zealand and overseas.

Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education)

A three-year undergraduate degree programme for those who do not hold a degree.  The BTchg endorsed in Early Childhood Education addresses professional teaching issues, curriculum, educational theory and practice and subject studies.  It includes teaching experience in placements in early childhood settings. 

Available at the Dunedin and Southland (Invercargill) campuses.

See Bachelor of Teaching for more information.

Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Early Childhood Education)

A one-year graduate diploma programme for graduates who hold a bachelor's degree (of at least 360 points at level 7 or above), or equivalent qualification, who want a qualification to teach in early childhood education.

Available at the Dunedin campus only.

See Graduate Diploma in Teaching for more information.


Please refer to Applying to an Initial Teacher Education (ITE) programme.

Contact details

For further information about any of the Early Childhood Education programmes, please contact the Programme Coordinator (ECE), or


Tel 0800 TO TEACH (0800 868 3224)


Bachelor of Education Studies and consecutive Graduate Diploma in Education and Teaching, Early Childhood Education (combined 4-year programme)

NOTE: No new students will be accepted for the BEdSt programme, except for students permitted to transfer from a BTchg programme.  Only BEdSt graduates are eligible for admission to the GradDipEdTchg.

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