Certificate in [Specialty] Education

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The Certificate in [Specialty] Education helps you gain the confidence and skills to work with children in an unqualified position in an early childhood centre or as a teacher aide in a primary school. This certificate is at level 5 and students who complete this qualification may be eligible to enter the second year of the Bachelor of Education, which leads to teaching careers in early childhood or primary education.

Programme code: AK1275
Level of study: 5
Points: 120
Duration: 1 year full-time / 2 years part-time
Venue: North Campus
Start date: 26 February 2018 / 16 July 2018

Entry requirements

Academic entry requirements for the Certificate in [Specialty] Education and Bachelor of Education [Specialty] Teaching programmes at AUT
For the purposes of entering an Initial Teacher Education (ITE) programme, applicants (both Domestic and International) must have gained UE through one of the following:

  • NCEA via Level 3 requirements in 3 subjects from the approved list
  • University of Cambridge International examinations
  • International Baccalaureate examinations.

All applicants who have English as their second language will need to provide evidence of their English language proficiency.

Application process

  1. Apply to enrol at AUT.
  2. Provide additional information to the School of Education through the following supplementary forms:
    • Disclosure form/personal declaration. Note: Overseas Police Certificates must be less than 12 months old at the time the application is lodged.
    • Complete a police clearance authorisation form.
    • The names of Two people who will act as your referee. Note: One of your referees will be contacted by telephone and the other will be required to complete a written reference.
    • CV with five year work history and a list of memberships in professional organisations.
  3. You will be required to sit a basic numeracy and literacy assessment. Selected applicants will be invited to attend an interview.

Career opportunities

  • Assisting teachers in an early childhood centre or primary school
  • Graduates may apply for entry to the Bachelor of Education.

Structure and content

This qualification covers the initial theory and practice relevant to primary and early childhood settings. When you've completed this certificate, you can apply for the Bachelor of Education.

The programme is offered in the following specialty areas:

  • Early Childhood
  • Primary


EDUC550 Whānau Family and Society
EDUC551 Human Development and Learning I
EDUC552 Introduction to te reo Māori
EDUC553 Education in Aotearoa New Zealand

Early Childhood Education
ECET501 Professional Inquiry into Practice I
ECET503 Health and Safety
EDCR510 Curriculum I: Te Whāriki
EDCR511 Curriculum II: Infants and Toddlers

EDCR512 Science
EDCR513 Maths I
EDCR514 English
EDPT501 Primary Professional Inquiry into Practice I: Being a Teacher

Last updated: 13-Dec-2017 3.38pm

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.