New Zealand Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 6) Online

Other - 12 August 2024

New Zealand Tertiary College

Fees Free!
NZQA Level: 6
NZQA Credits: 120
Learning Style: Mixed Online / In-Person Learning
Start Date:
End Date:
10 June 2025

This qualification is designed for learners who want in-depth training in early childhood curriculum areas; literacy, language, creative arts, mathematics, science and technology. This one year practical programme is pathway towards the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education).

This program equips students with an in-depth pedagogical knowledge of the major early childhood curriculum areas: language, literacy, the creative arts, mathematics, science and technology; family and community; and foundations for leadership in an early childhood context.

Blended Learning/Online - Undergraduate Programs

Students undertaking the Blended Learning or Online mode of study, which includes all ECE qualifications apart from our postgraduate ECE qualifications, are able to start on any Monday during the year except when the Monday falls in the Christmas holiday break of the college. These students will be provided with program start and finish dates when their program start date has been determined. Program start dates for Blended Learning or Online students can only be determined when the student has met the conditions of their enrolment which includes Approval in Principle for their visa to study where applicable.

Blended Learning and Online students will not be provided with vacation breaks unless their study falls over the Christmas break period when NZTC cannot fully support their study. NZTC does not issue vacation periods after study has been completed.

Level 2, 1 Marewa Road, Greenlane, Auckland 1051

New Zealand Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 6) Online

All applicants must:

  • Have completed the New Zealand Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 5) or equivalent

  • Demonstrate your ability to meet the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand’s Good Character and Fit to be Teacher Policy (2007) criteria

  • Provide written referee report(s)

  • Satisfy New Zealand Police Clearance conditions

  • Declare any physical or learning disability, or diverse needs that may impact on their performance as a student

  • Applicants may be required to succeed in a personal interview

Please note:

  • Other special admission categories may be applied for and granted at the discretion of the College

  • Credit for prior formal learning may be awarded towards this qualification at the discretion of the College

Language Entry Criteria:
International students are required to provide proof of their English language competency by meeting the language criteria defined in Rule 18 of the NZQF Programme Approval and Accreditation Rules 2013 for a level 6 qualification.

Domestic students with English as an additional language are required to provide proof of their English language competency. Please email for more information.

Domestic and International Applicants studying outside New Zealand:

  • Must have turned 16 years of age prior to starting the program

International Applicants Studying in New Zealand

  • Must have turned 18 years of age prior to starting the program

Additional Requirements

  • Blended Learning students wishing to enrol in the Field Practice course are required to attend two Block Courses each year. Block Courses are an opportunity for networking, teaching and learning. They are conducted by NZTC lecturers, and focus on topics relevant to the field of early childhood education

  • 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

COVID-19 Vaccination
The New Zealand government has mandated Covid-19 vaccination for the education workforce. This mandate applies to all student teachers who undertake Field Practice and/or Field Experience in early childhood centres. Applicants for programs of study that lead to Teacher Registration are required to show evidence of full vaccination as part of the application process.

Domestic Fees (NZD): $6,120 | International Fees (NZD): $21,500

The following fees are also required:

  • Student Fee Insurance $50 
    Covers the insurance to protect student fees. The fee is based upon one stage of study.

  • Student ID card $30 
    One off payment at beginning of study. Students must submit a photo for a student card to be produced. Replacement cards for lost or stolen cards are $30.

  • Police Vetting Fee $25 
    One off payment at beginning of study.

  • NZQA Reporting Fee $10
    Covers the cost of reporting qualification to NZQA.

If you are applying for Credit Recognition and Transfer (CRT):

  • CRT Assessment Fee $95
    The fee is non-refundable even if no CRT credit is awarded.


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