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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.

Master of Teaching and Learning (Early Childhood Education)

This  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 pedagogy, curriculum studies, evidence-based inquiry, and diversity and inclusion. It includes a minimum of 14 weeks’ teaching experience in a range of early childhood settings. Professional experience involves working with a mentor teacher in block and weekly placements across an extended academic year.

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)


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.

Graduate Diploma in Teaching

NOTE: No new students will be accepted for the GradDipTchg.