Friday 9 September 2011
UCOL partnership contributes to quality of early childhood education in Wairarapa
For the first time, Wairarapa people have the opportunity to get a degree qualification in early childhood education
with local support.
In a partnership between UCOL Wairarapa
and the Open Polytechnic
, the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education) will be available via distance learning, with an on-campus
component. Campus Principal Angela Hewitt says this will give students valuable face-to-face learning from an
experienced and qualified lecturer as well as access to all UCOL Wairarapa support services.
Angela Hewitt says the mixed mode delivery gives students the best of both worlds. “It’s especially valuable for people
already in early childhood education who want to upskill and improve their knowledge, salary and career prospects. This
means they can complete the degree while they are still working, with the benefit of on-campus support.
“We have consulted employers and other stakeholders in the sector to find out what their needs are and how we can
provide a solution. The degree fits with their needs and they are all delighted at this opportunity to further raise
standards in early childhood education in the Wairarapa. We agree with them that it is preferable to train our best
teachers in our own community.”
She adds that employers said they were happy to give their staff time off to take part in the on- campus component which
will amount to up to one day a week.
Angela says as well as those already in early childhood education, the new degree programme will also appeal to school
leavers and second chance learners looking for a career change. “However there is a selection process: We will be
looking for people with the right prerequisites, interests and attitude. They need to come in and talk to us at the UCOL
Angela says previous experience shows that the Open Polytechnic degree taught in mixed mode produces excellent results
in terms of student success. “We want to give our community access to the best possible chance of succeeding, to further
improve the quality of early childhood education in our region.”
The Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) is a professional teaching degree at Level 7 on the New Zealand
Qualifications Framework. It educates and trains students to work effectively with young children and their parents,
families and whanau, as well as gain an in-depth understanding of the ethical, legal and professional responsibilities
UCOL is taking applications now for enrolments on the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education) degree programme
which starts in February next year. Entry into the degree is subject to a selection process and it is important that
students do not apply on line but make inquiries directly to the UCOL Wairarapa campus by the 2 December 2011.