New Zealand Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 4).xml New Zealand Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 4)

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NZ Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 4)

CertificateFull-time, 6 months

Annual Fees(indicative 2019)

Programme code

NZ2850

Domestic

$2415 - $2550

Starts

July

International

$9,690

Credits

60

Course related costs

Advised on enrolment

Level

4

Domestic Applications due

Please enquire

International Applications due

Received all year

Location

Christchurch - Madras Street, Timaru

Content

Build on your knowledge and skills for the early childhood education sector.

The New Zealand Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 4) will prepare you provide practice-based education and care in early childhood settings and/or to pathway into higher-level study leading to a teaching qualification.

Taught by supportive tutors in a practical learning environment, the programme covers: designing learning experiences aligned to socio-cultural theories of learning and development; developing a personal philosophy of professional practice; developing inclusive teaching practices that promote diversity and the place of Maori as tangata whenua; using effective communication strategies to establish healthy relationships in early childhood environments.

The programme also includes a work placement practicum in an early childhood setting where you can apply what you're learning in an authentic work environment. Courses are timetabled during school hours to cater for students with children.

Please note:

  • An interview will be held prior to acceptance to assess your suitability for working with children in the community and to ensure that Ara meets the legislative requirements of the Vulnerable Children's Act 2014.
  • If your applications is successful, you will be required to complete a New Zealand Police Consent to Disclosure of Information form. The form will be sent to the Police Licensing and Vetting Service, and returned in confidence to Ara. Information on the New Zealand Police Vetting Service is available from the New Zealand Police website.

Career opportunities

This qualification will equip you to work in a range of early childhood education settings as an educator, Kaimahi, support worker, session leader or organiser of parent-led services or playgroups.

Study pathways

Further study options (not offered at Ara) include Level 5 or higher qualifications in Early Childhood Education or teaching.

Recommended school subjects

  • English

Programme structure

To complete this Certificate you are required to complete 60 credits. Please browse the guide below to view the course options currently available within this qualification.

Core courses
Elective Courses

To be a full time student you need to maintain a workload of 120 credits per year. We recommend you talk with us to ensure you choose electives to benefit your future career.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements
  • NCEA Level 1 (80 credits at Level 1, including 10 Literacy credits and 10 Numeracy credits).

    OR New Zealand Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 3) or equivalent

    OR If you have undertaken examinations other than NCEA (e.g. International Baccalaureate, Cambridge Examination), Ara will assess your qualification for academic entry equivalency.

Alternative requirements
  • Still want to study but don't meet the Academic Requirements?

    If you show that you have equivalent skills for tertiary study gained through study, work and/or life experience, you may be able to gain alternative entry.

    Note: The number of courses you have to complete for this qualification may be reduced where you have relevant credits from previous study, or evidence of similar learning or experience in the workplace. Contact Ara for advice.

Additional requirements
  • You may be required to attend an interview prior to acceptance to assess suitability for working with children in the community and ensure Ara meets the legislative requirements of the Vulnerable Children's Act 2014.

    Consent to Disclosure of Information: You will be required to complete a New Zealand Police Consent to Disclosure of Information form. Information on the NZ Police Vetting Service is available from the New Zealand Police website.

English requirements
  • What if English is not my first language?

    If English is not your first language, we want to make sure that you will be successful in your chosen programme of study.

    Please provide a result from a test or qualification on the acceptable alternatives English Proficiency Outcomes Chart.

    OR

    • If you are a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident, complete an Admission and Enrolment form and Ara will contact you regarding a free assessment.
    • If you are not a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent resident, book an IELTS or other test through the Ara Examination Centre or in your home country.

    IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form and are valid for two years from the date of the test.

    What if I have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance?

    You do not need to provide additional evidence of English Language skills.

OVERALL IELTS REQUIREMENTS

5.5 ACADEMIC

SPEAKING

5.0

READING

5.0

WRITING

5.0

LISTENING

5.0
Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Selection criteria

Students who meet the entry criteria are accepted into the programme in the order applications are received.

Next steps

To apply for this programme please:

  • An Admission and Enrolment form
  • If you don't meet the criteria for entry into this programme we can help you meet entry level with our foundation and bridging programmes.
  • Alternatively, if you feel you have gained your learning through on the job experience talk to us about recognition or assessment of prior learning
  • An interview will be held prior to acceptance to assess your suitability for working with children in the community and to ensure that Ara meets the legislative requirements of the Vulnerable Children's Act 2014.
  • If your applications is successful, you will be required to complete a New Zealand Police Consent to Disclosure of Information form. The form will be sent to the Police Licensing and Vetting Service, and returned in confidence to Ara. Information on the New Zealand Police Vetting Service is available from the New Zealand Police website.

Application documents

Credit recognition

If you have work experience in this area, or a relevant prior qualification, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.