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New Zealand Diploma in Early Childhood Education (Level 5)

Level 5

Learn the skills to work in an early childcare centre with UCOL's New Zealand Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 5).

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Quick info

Level: 5

Locations: Palmerston North, Wairarapa

Duration: 1 year, full-time (one day a week on-campus)

Dates:
19 Feb 2018 - 14 Dec 2018
Palmerston North (Fridays)
Wairarapa (Mondays)

23 Jul 2018 - 5 Jul 2019

Domestic Fees:*
$5,775.00Scholarship info

Find out if you're eligible for fees-free study

International Fees:*
$19,575.00

Additional Fees
Compulsory course costs may apply.

* Fees are indicative only, and are inclusive of the student services levy and GST (goods and services tax). The fee shown is for one year of study.

Learn the skills to work in a range of early childhood contexts, working professionally and collaboratively to provide education and care of infants, toddlers, and young children with UCOL's New Zealand Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 5).
 
The Diploma has been developed in partnership with Iwi to ensure inclusion of local culturally competent practices that include history, stories and knowledge that can be shared confidently with tamariki in and early childhood setting.

This locally driven curriculum will ensure the whakapapa of the area is entwined in the early childhood teaching practices and meets the growing need for educators to be able to incorporate Te Reo and Tikanga in the day to day delivery of Te Whariki. This diploma has been designed to ensure that there is a balanced delivery of practical and theory based learning.

The New Zealand Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care L5 is offered as a blended delivery programme with one day a week on campus. 

 Career & Study Outcomes

Job opportunities include working at a childcare centre (centre-based, play specialist assistant at a hospital, home-based), nanny, parent-led carer, or a culturally-based childcare facility for Pasifika or Māori.

 Course Information

  • Early Childhood Learning Theories and Development (19 Feb 2018 - 13 Apr 2018)
  • Culturally Appropriate Practices in an Early Childhood Setting (19 Feb 2018 - 13 Apr 2018)
  • Communication in an Early Childhood Setting (30 Apr 2018 - 6 Jul 2018)
  • History of Early Childhood Education in Aotearoa New Zealand (30 Apr 2018 - 6 Jul 2018)
  • Legislative Requirements in an Early Childhood Context (23 Jul 2018 - 28 Sep 2018)
  • Holistic Teaching and Learning in an Early Childhood Setting (23 Jul 2018 - 28 Sep 2018)
  • Resource Kete (15 Oct 2018 - 14 Dec 2018)
  • Advanced Early Childhood Practicum (15 Oct 2018 - 14 Dec 2018)

 Domestic Entry Requirements

NCEA Level 3

OR the New Zealand/National Certificates in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 3 or Level 4),

OR equivalent academic achievement, 

OR on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the Executive Dean.
 
Students must authorise UCOL to obtain a background check from the New Zealand Police Licensing and Vetting Agency. If a conviction and/or a matter of concern is identified, the decision for accepting the applicant’s enrolment onto the programme is at the discretion of the Head of School.
 
UCOL will undertake a safety check of all students to ensure UCOL meets the legislative requirements of the Vulnerable Children Act, 2014.  UCOL will do this on behalf of early childhood education institutions and providers of private childcare placements hosting UCOL students.  The safety check involves confirming the student’s work history, verifying their suitability to work with children with a trusted referee, and the completion of New Zealand Police vetting.  

 

For more information about NCEA Credits see UCOL's NCEA explained page.

 International Entry Requirements

In addition to the Domestic Entry Requirements, the following applies to international student applicants.

English language proficiency
International student applicants whose first language is not English must have an IELTS Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5 (or equivalent including TOEFL). IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form (i.e. combining scores from more than one test is not permissible). UCOL is a TOEFL iBT testing centre

Under 20 years of age
For international applicants under 20 years of age who do not hold NCEA, International Academic Qualifications Entry Criteria apply.

 Advice & Guidance

UCOL's New Zealand Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 5) comprises 120 credits.

Practicum
Students will be placed in an early childhood setting organised by UCOL to complete 60 hours of work experience. Work placements and successful completion of the programme are dependent on a satisfactory police check and UCOL’s ability to place students successfully.

Application checklist
It will make the process easier if you prepare the following before you apply:

  • National Student Number (NSN) (If you don't have a NSN, you may request one from NZQA, or you can supply a verified copy of your birth certificate, passport or Whakapapa statement.)
  • Evidence of your highest level of academic achievement (and evidence of prior learning, if applicable)
  • Evidence that you meet the entry requirements of the programme
  • Authorisation for New Zealand Police Vetting
  • Check if you're eligible for additional support or a scholarship. If you're 19 years or younger, you may be eligible to enrol in one of our free Youth Transition programmes.

Note that you will need to provide any verified documents in person, via post or email.

Recognition of prior learning
Applications for Recognition of Prior Learning, including Cross Credit, Credit Transfer and Assessment of Prior Learning may be made on the Recognition of Prior Learning Form where a student believes all learning outcomes for a course or unit standards have already been met.

 Additional Costs

Please note that there are additional costs associated with the New Zealand Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 5) as follows:

Textbooks
The following books are available from leading book stores including textbooksRus.
  • Clark, B. & Grey, A. (ED.). (2010). Āta Kitea Te Pae – Scanning the horizon. Perspectives on early childhood education. North Shore, New Zealand: Pearson. Approximate cost $64.00
  • Drewery, W. & Claibourne, L. (2014). Human Development: Family, place and culture (2nd ed.). Australia: McGraw-Hill Education Pty Ltd. Approximate cost $100.00
  • May, Helen. Politics in the Playground. Approximate cost $60.00
  • Orange, Claudia. The Story of a Treaty. Approximate cost $30.00
  • Wairarapa Moana - The Lake and is People. Fraser Books. Approximate cost $50.00 (For Wairarapa based students)
  • Walker, Ranganui. Ka Whawhai Tonu Matou: Struggle without End. Approximate cost $40.00

 Accreditation

The programme is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under the provisions of the Education Act 1989, and Universal College of Learning (UCOL) Trading as Universal College of Learning (UCOL) is accredited to teach it.

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