New Zealand Tertiary College (NZTC)








Specialists in Early Childhood Teacher Education

– Choose New Zealand


  • New Zealand Tertiary College (NZTC) is a private tertiary education establishment specialising in early childhood teacher education.
  • Qualifications ranging from Level 5 to Level 9: Diplomas, Bachelors and Masters Degrees. All of NZTC’s qualifications are approved and accredited by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority.
  • Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Early Childhood Education) and Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) are approved by the Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand, which means that graduates are eligible to apply for teacher registration in New Zealand.

The Government report (ERO) says: (Full Report here)

  • Students are achieving excellent results. NZTC has consistently exceeded sector medians for the last three years, benchmarking itself against other institutes.
  • Education and training programmes deliver valued outcomes to the students, their families, graduates and the early childhood education sector, and positively contribute to New Zealand.
  • The college has succeeded in forging strong reciprocal relationships with the early childhood education sector. Early childhood education centres provide opportunities for students to put into practice the knowledge and skills learnt on the courses through employment, voluntary or fieldwork situations.
  • The college is innovative, as shown by the huge investment in online delivery and support, the approach to qualification staircasing from certificate to postgraduate levels, varied delivery modes and international relationships.

New Zealand Tertiary College (NZTC) is an established private tertiary education provider and has been providing comprehensive and professional programs to enable students to excel in their chosen field of study for over 35 years.

All of the college’s early childhood education qualifications are approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA), and range from diploma to master’s level.

NZTC’s programs are internationally recognised and they deliver them not only throughout New Zealand but throughout the world with NZTC Global.

Highlights of the External Evaluation and Review report:

Educational performance

  • Students are consistently achieving excellent results
  • High graduate employment rate for with the majority of NZTC graduates working as teachers or management
  • Strong student support strategy including academic and pastoral assistance


  • Effective mechanisms in place to meet the needs of students and stakeholders
  • Accessible communication channels for feedback and discussion
  • Strengthened program review process to ensure highest standards in program development, delivery and assessment

Roll:  Domestic 1400 (EFTS), International 400 (EFTS)

NZTC International Video:


NZTC is guided by its mission statement, which provides a clear direction for all of the college’s present and future activities.

“New Zealand Tertiary College values people and is committed to empowering students to care, educate and serve meaningfully and effectively by providing comprehensive and professional programs.”

Four values underpin NZTC’s mission statement and act as constant reminders of the priorities for everything the college does: Vision (Te Mata), Heart (Ngākau), Competence (Poutama) and Spirit (Wairua).

Why study with NZTC?

95% of NZTC graduates recommended studying with the college (NZTC 2014 Graduate survey).

  • National Leader: NZTC has been specialising in early childhood teacher education for over 35 years, offering comprehensive and professional programs that reflect the evolving needs of the early childhood education sector.
  • Quality Assurance: All of NZTC’s qualifications are NZQA approved and internationally recognised.
  • International Recognition: NZTC has a number of partnerships that support its programs being recognised internationally.
  • Flexible Modes of Learning: NZTC offers a number of learning modes to suit your learning style and lifestyle – Online, Blended Learning, and College Based.
  • NZ Teacher Registration: Graduates of the Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) and Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Early Childhood Education) qualifications are approved by the Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand (Education Council), meaning that graduates are eligible to apply for teacher registration. Teacher registration and certification improves job prospects and residency applications if you are an international student wishing to live in New Zealand.


Facilities and Student Support

NZTC’s students are at the heart of everything they do. The college prides itself on its range of support services available to help you succeed in your studies and NZTC’s open-door policy means that you can call or email them whenever you need.


NZTC’s online library is filled with valuable resources to support students’ learning, including eBooks, peer-reviewed e-journals and research databases.

The most up-to-date research can be found in NZTC’s comprehensive academic databases and an extensive range of eBooks are available in the college’s expanding eBook collection. NZTC’s friendly library support staff are on hand to help you get the most out of the library and its resources.


NZTC has a team of lecturers dedicated to supporting you in the development of your academic skills.

Areas in which they can support you include:

  • Academic writing
  • Punctuation and grammar
  • Interpreting essay questions
  • APA referencing
  • Understanding plagiarism
  • Research database skills
  • Time management skills
  • Making the most out of NZTC Online


NZTC’s IT Help Desk is available to support students with any IT related difficulties they may encounter. Whether a student is having trouble converting files or submitting an assessment, there is nothing they have not dealt with before. Simply call or leave an e-message and one of the dedicated IT Help Desk technicians will be in touch.

Credit Recognition and Transfer (CTR)

A CTR is the process of awarding credit towards your chosen program at New Zealand Tertiary College for courses which you have already studied at other tertiary providers.

CRT is assessed on a case-by-case basis. If you wish to apply for credit you will be required to pay a $95.00 NZD application fee. This fee covers the cost involved in the assessment process of CRT. Students are required to pay the fee prior to their CRT assessment and interview with New Zealand Tertiary College.

For overseas qualifications:
You may be eligible for credit if you have completed an early childhood qualification at an overseas tertiary institution. Before New Zealand Tertiary College begins the CRT process, you need to get your qualification assessed by the NZQA. Please contact the NZQA for more information on this process


NZTC’s Pastoral Support Team supports students to deal with any issues, personal or professional, that may affect a student’s performance. The team regularly helps students through health and family issues, and can refer you to external support agencies should you require them.

Please note: NZTC observes and is bound by the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students. Copies of the Code are available from the NZQA website.


If you are not from New Zealand, it is appreciated that there will be things you want and need to know. NZTC offers a wealth of information on the international section of their website, covering key areas such as accommodation, medical and travel insurance and eligibility for health services.


NZTC provides career guidance to international students through its program specific career guides and access to a network of potential early childhood employers throughout New Zealand. You can access the career guides here.

NZTC graduates work in a range of early childhood related roles including:

  • Early childhood teacher
  • Kindergarten teacher
  • Nanny
  • Social worker
  • Lecturer
  • Early intervention teacher
  • Centre manager
  • Counsellor
  • Curriculum advisor and more


To help international students familiarise themselves with the college and the New Zealand way of life, NZTC offers a comprehensive orientation. During orientation, students are taken to key sites around the campus cities and given information about emergency services, safety advice, job opportunities and immigration issues, as well as online learning and the academic requirements of the qualifications.


  • Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Early Childhood Education) (Level 7)

    This Graduate Diploma allows graduates from any profession to obtain expertise in the field of early childhood education. Students benefit from hands-on learning and working alongside study commitments since there is a substantial practical component to this programme. Graduates are entitled to apply for Provisional Certification and teacher registration in New Zealand once they have […]
  • Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) (Level 7)

    This qualification prepares students for a rewarding career in the field of early childhood teaching. NZTC students gain the skills and knowledge needed to practice with confidence in a diverse socio-cultural context and are eligible to apply for New Zealand teacher registration with the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand.   Course Level Bachelor Degree […]

Modes of Learning

NZTC offers a number of learning modes to suit student learning style and lifestyle – providing an enjoyable and high-quality learning experience. The college is committed to supporting students through the use of appropriate and engaging technology enabled learning.

Whichever mode of learning you choose, you will need to:

  • Have access to a computer or mobile learning device with broadband internet access
  • Complete courses and programs within specified time frames and undertake self-directed study


Online is a flexible mode of learning that enables you to obtain an NZQA approved, high-quality qualification without face-to-face attendance requirements. All study is conducted through NZTC’s unique online learning environment – NZTC Online.

All learning materials and academic resources are accessed online to allow you to balance your studies with work and family commitments.

Courses are completed and assessed online, and you are part of an online learning community where you can interact with other students and lecturers through online discussion forums to assist your learning.


This mode of learning blends the flexibility of online learning with face-to-face learning and practical experience, including tutorials, block courses, supervised field practice and work experience.

Are you ready to apply for your study in New Zealand?


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