Early Childhood Teaching

BTI is currently New Zealand’s only approved and accredited Christian-based degree provider for early childhood education (ECE). This means if you study ECE at BTI you will be among a select group who can integrate their faith with their professional practice as an early childhood teacher.  

We know that the first 1,000 days in the lives of our tamariki are the most important. If you have a big heart for shaping children’s minds, with dreams of getting the best out of young learners, and with a commitment to being gracious, secure and teachable, then the ECE degree at BTI is for you. 

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Why study ECE at BTI?

  • Full and part-time study options (link to programme overview) 
  • Learn in small groups onsite or field-based (based around an ECE centre) 
  • Be part of a relational learning community 
  • Only Christian-based ECE degree provider in NZ  
  • Staff take time to get to know who you are 
  • Staff walk alongside you as you study, offering great learning support 
  • Educators draw on the latest research and teaching practice 
  • Career opportunities in kindergartens, centres and home-based care. 

Our three-year Bachelor of Education (Teaching) ECE degree programme will prepare students to teach infants, toddlers and young children in a wide range of early childhood contexts and with Te Whāriki, the New Zealand Early Childhood curriculum.  

On completion of your degree, you will be eligible to apply for teacher registration and provisional certification from the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand. The degree programme also opens doors to further study through postgraduate pathways. 

“I chose to study at BTI because it provides a lot of practical experience which helps to build your teaching profession. It helps to get a clear understanding of what it is like in a centre and BTI helps you to put your learning into practice. So this year, I have learnt a lot about myself and I have learned a lot about ECE being the profession for me.” 

Courtney Stead – student teacher studying towards a BTI Early Childhood Education Teaching degree

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Graduates with skills for great practice

Graduates of ECE Teacher Education at BTI will have the skills necessary to:

  • Articulate and justify a personal sense of vocation and vision for their professional practice
  • Develop educational practice that is relational, responsive and transformative
  • Draw on their developing personal philosophy and knowledge of learning and teaching for planning and implementing wise, innovative and effective ethical practice
  • Engage with research and contextual evidence as a basis for their ongoing professional inquiry and resultant practice
  • Notice, recognise and respond as they gather, analyse and evaluate evidence of student learning in order to be accountable for that learning
  • Communicate effectively to a range of audiences through verbal, written, or visual media, including information and computing technologies
  • Design and organise rich learning experiences that maximise learning opportunities within a differentiated and nurturing environment
  • Include ngā tikanga Māori, te reo Māori and ngā toi into their practice in an authentic and respectful manner
  • Make theoretically and philosophically informed decisions to maximise their students’ learning

Meet key staff

Karyn Robertson is our ECE Programme Leader and Educator/Kaiako

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