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Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Early Childhood)

  • Bachelor

As an early childhood teacher you have the chance to teach infants, toddlers, and young children when they are most open to learning. The rapid rate of development in children of this age and their natural desire to learn makes for a hugely gratifying environment.

Key details

Degree Type
Bachelor
Duration
3 years full-time
Course Code
BTchLn(EarlyChildhood)
Domestic Fees
$6,281 per year / $18,843 total
International Fees
$28,000 per year / $84,000 total

About this course

As an early childhood teacher you have the chance to teach infants, toddlers, and young children when they are most open to learning. The rapid rate of development in children of this age and their natural desire to learn makes for a hugely gratifying environment.

The BTchLn(EarlyChildhood) is an internationally recognised qualification that prepares you for a teaching career in different early childhood settings. The qualification is available to study full-time or part-time:

  • on campus in Ōtautahi Christchurch
  • by distance study.

Entry requirements

Admission to UC with University Entrance (or equivalent) is required to enrol.

Students for whom English is an additional language are also required to meet the requirements set out by Matatu Aotearoa | Teaching Council of New Zealand.

For information on gaining admission to UC teacher education programmes, please see the Guide to Applying.

Selection process

The BTchLn(EarlyChildhood) has one intake each February. Selection for entry is based on:

  • academic ability, involvement and interest in working with children, community involvement, communication skills, and other personal qualities as outlined in the Guide to Applying
  • a police check, referees' reports, and an interview
  • a short literacy and numeracy test.
How to apply

Applications are open throughout the year and close four weeks prior to the start of the programme in early February, or when places are filled.

For more details on entry requirements and the teacher education application process, see the Guide to Applying.

Study locations

Main Campus

Career pathways

Successful graduates meet the requirements for provisional teacher registration with Matatu Aotearoa | Teaching Council of New Zealand.

A UC degree in Early Childhood teaching means you will be able to join a skilled and collaborative teaching profession. Early Childhood graduates can work in a range of settings including early learning centres, childcare centres (public and private), and government agencies.

Many graduates have gone on to own and operate their own early childhood businesses.

Teaching skills of management, communication, coordination, responsibility, and organisation are prized in many professions such as management, policy and advocacy, publishing, politics, and business.

Find out more about what you can do with a degree from UC.