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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 Invercargill campuses.

See Bachelor of Teaching for more information.

Master of Teaching and Learning (Early Childhood Education)

This intensive one-year postgraduate programme is designed for graduates who want to teach in early childhood education. The programme involves study of six compulsory papers addressing education and pedagogy (including diversity and inclusion), curriculum and professional experience. It includes a minimum of 80 days of professional experience in a range of early childhood settings. This involves working with a mentor teacher in block and weekly placements across an extended academic year (January to December).

A B grade average in the final year (300-level) major subject requirement of your undergraduate degree, or in the course components of a postgraduate qualification, is required for admission.

Offered in Dunedin only.

See Master of Teaching and Learning 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)