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Teacher Upgrade Qualification

Note: the BTchLn (Early Childhood) Upgrade is no longer open to new applicants

Important Note:

  • 2015 is the final year for compulsory courses.
  • Optional Courses will likely change for 2016.

Upgrade to Bachelor's Degree

The upgrade courses are available by distance study only (Flexible Learning Option).

The Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (BTchLn) is an NZQA-approved Bachelor's degree and is rated as Q3 for salary purposes. To graduate with a BTchLn (Early Childhood) you need:

  • Diploma in Teaching (Early Childhood);
  • Two compulsory courses (2015 is the final year for compulsory courses):
    • EDTL746 Investigating Issues in the Curriculum
    • EDTL747 Studies in Teaching and Learning Theory
  • Optional courses
    • three optional courses if you have a CEC or UC DipT, or
    • six optional courses if you have a non-CEC or UC DipT.

Optional ECE Upgrade Courses in 2016

Course Code Course Title Semester Points
EDTL722 Language and Communication in Early Childhood Education 2 15
EDTL745 Transition to School from Early Childhood 2 15
EDTL748 Family/Whanau and Community in Early Childhood Education 2 15


Guiding Young Children's Social Development




Designing Environments for Children



It may be possible to credit a proportion of courses completed at the Christchurch College of Education, Health and Human Development, University of Canterbury, or other New Zealand institutions towards the BTchLn via Upgrade. If you wish to apply for credit transfer, please contact a Student Advisor.

More Information

For more information email or phone 03 343 9606.