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Open Polytechnic


a.childforumbox6Private Bag 31 914, Lower Hutt 5040
Freephone: 0508 650 200


Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education)

  • available nationally to students living anywhere
  • 3 years full-time (or up to 6 years part-time)
  • Mixed-mode delivery of learning – a combination of distance and face-to-face learning
  • February intake and a mid-year intake

Students have the flexibility to study in their own homes, as long as all study requirements are met within six years. As well as using printed course materials, the programme is online and web supported.

Students also receive individualised tuition from a national network of regional lecturers, who are easily accessible by freephone and email.

Face-to-face opportunities are provided through 20 days of workshops, tutorials and four five-week supervised practica.

It is highly recommended that students volunteer or work in an early childhood centre during their programme of study and have access to the internet for course pages and submission of assessments. 


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I completed a Bachelor of ECE Teaching upgrade with Open Polytechnic in May this year. I found the program well resourced, current and relevant. When I had questions the online tutors answered them promptly and efficiently. I would definitely recommend to others. Administration staff were also efficient and helpful and online website easy to use. (Antonia Mountfort 2014-11-17)

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This plan is for any person who works with children or has an interest in early childcare and early childhood education.

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