All students must attend two compulsory noho marae, one in your first semester and one in your second semester. These noho are overnight stays. The dates are:
- Wairarapa campus - 21/22 August
- Palmerston North campus - 14/15 August
- Whanganui campus - TBC
This programme comprises 120 credits.
Early Childhood Learning Theories and Development (15 Credits)
Develop broad theoretical knowledge of early childhood education theories of learning and development to inform practice.
- Language and culture
- Brain development
- Significance of neuroscience & implications for practice
- Development theories and approaches
- Brain architecture
Culturally Appropriate Practices in an Early Childhood Setting (15 Credits)
Learn to engage with confidence and competency in your use and understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and Te Ao Māori within your local community. The course covers:
- The history of Te Tiriti o Waitangi
- Local iwi and hapū within the early childhood context
- Te Ao Māori - building relationships, caring, unity, bonding, leadership, reciprocal learning
- Te Reo Māori me onā tikanga Māori - basic praise phrases, simple instructions, waiata, understanding of tapu and noa in early childhood centre practices
- Pasifika salutations and phrases
- Communication techniques
Communication in an Early Childhood Setting (15 Credits)
Develop a range of skills and observation techniques to effectively communicate and develop collaborative relationships in an early childhood setting.
History of Early Childhood Education in Aotearoa New Zealand (15 Credits)
Develop a broad theoretical understanding of the historical context of early child education in Aotearoa New Zealand and its implications for practice, to inform your developing philosophies.
Legislative Requirements in an Early Childhood Context (15 Credits)
Develop an understanding of professional standards, legal requirements and ethical principles within the early childhood education context.
Holistic Teaching and Learning in an Early Childhood Setting (15 Credits)
Develop a range of relevant pedagogies and assessment practices in regards to infants, toddlers and young children and their learning.
Te Puna Mātauranga Māori (15 Credits)
Create a collection of appropriate teaching resources that enhance cultural responsiveness within an early childhood education and care setting.
Advanced Early Childhood Practicum (15 Credits) (120 practicum hours)
Learn to effectively engage in an early childhood setting, displaying culturally and responsive practice.