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New Zealand Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 5), Pre-Bachelor

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
Auckland, New Zealand| Online
Laying a strong foundation of theoretical and practical knowledge in early childhood education, this program equips students to become resourceful and reflective professionals, competent in the key areas of learning. These include professional studies, development and learning, and early years' pedagogy.
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The New Zealand Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 5) is a New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA)-approved program.

This is a one year program which provides a strong foundation of knowledge and practice in early childhood education. It equips students with fundamental writing and research skills to help them prepare for higher level study.

After completion, students are encouraged to enrol into the next stage of study: the New Zealand Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 6).


New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) approved program.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Becoming a Professional Early Childhood Teacher 
  • Holistic Development in the Early Years 
  • Early Years Pedagogy 
  • Culturally Responsive Early Childhood Education 
  • Assessment, Planning and Teaching 
  • Social Competence in Early Childhood 
  • Wellbeing of the Child 1 
  • Cultural Diversity in Early Childhood Education 
  • Child Study 1 
  • Field Practice 1 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Blended, Online

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

  • Students enrolled in the Blended Learning mode are required to undertake work experience (paid or voluntary) in a licensed early childhood centre for a minimum of 16 hours per week throughout the program.
  • Engage in online discussions
International students will also be required to:
  • Attend tutorials for a minimum of four hours per week throughout the program

Tuition Fee

  • International

    13751 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13751 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    4020 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4020 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
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  • International student in NZ: $5,848 (NZD)
  • International students offshore: $20,000 (NZD)

Living costs for Auckland

  • 1400 - 2200 NZD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.


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