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1 EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

2 WELCOME TO OPEN POLYTECHNIC Whether you are looking to improve your career prospects, or just learn something new, we can help you achieve your goal. We specialise in open learning learning that gives you more freedom to decide what you study and where you study. Our courses are specifically designed for delivery by distance, which means you can fit your study around your life. And just because you are learning by distance, it doesn t mean you have to do it alone. You will have access to your tutors and lecturers by or phone and to other students studying the same course through Online Campus, the student support section of our website. It is our goal to make sure that you enjoy your study and that you succeed. So welcome to learning for today s world, and congratulations on taking up the challenge of further education. Please note that all information contained in this brochure may be subject to change without notice.

3 CONTENTS Your options in Early Childhood Education 2 Other education options 2 National Certificate in Early Childhood Education & Care 3 Qualification 3 Future skills 3 Qualification structure 4 Assessment 4 Admission requirements 4 English language 5 Literacy exercise 5 Study time 5 Set texts 5 Enrolment 5 New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) Record of Achievement 5 Open Polytechnic Certificate in Early Childhood Practice 6 Qualification 6 What you will learn 6 Qualification structure 6 Assessment 6 Admission requirements 7 English language 7 Study requirements 7 Set texts 7 Enrolment 7 Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) 9 Introduction 9 Key dates 9 Qualification 9 What you will learn 9 Qualification structure 10 Course availability 10 Assessment 10 Admission requirements 11 English language 11 International students 11 Work experience 11 Study time 11 Set texts 11 Course materials 11 Admission and enrolment process 12 Upgrade options 13 General information 14 Fees 14 Loans, allowances and other funding 14 Recognition of prior learning 14 Computer requirements 14 Learning support 14 Further study 15 Cross-credit/Credit transfer form 16 Contact us inside back cover Other useful contact details inside back cover 1

4 YOUR OPTIONS IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION WHAT ARE MY NEEDS? SUGGESTED QUALIFICATION LEVEL OF STUDY WHERE CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION? I want to learn about early childhood education National Certificate in Early Childhood Education & Care 3 Page 3 I want to be involved in the care and education of children in a variety of early childhood education settings Open Polytechnic Certificate in Early Childhood Practice 4 Page 6 I want a recognised early childhood education teaching qualification which will allow me to work in any early childhood education setting I have graduated with an Open Polytechnic Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) since I want to upgrade to a degree I am working as an early childhood teacher and have a three year Diploma of Teaching (ECE) from another New Zealand tertiary provider, or I completed the Open Polytechnic Diploma of Teaching (ECE) prior to Open Polytechnic Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) Open Polytechnic Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) Upgrade, Group A Open Polytechnic Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) Upgrade, Group B 7 Page 9 7 Page 13 7 Page 13 OTHER EDUCATION OPTIONS WHAT ARE MY NEEDS? SUGGESTED QUALIFICATION LEVEL OF STUDY WHERE CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION? I want to be a teacher aide in a primary or intermediate school Certificate in Teacher Aiding 4 Visit our website or contact us I want to work in out of school programmes Open Polytechnic Out of School Care & Recreation Certificate 4 Visit our website or contact us 2

5 NATIONAL CERTIFICATE IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND CARE Qualification code: NC5573 version 4 Level: 3 Credits: 63 The National Certificate in Early Childhood Education & Care provides a basic introduction to the skills and knowledge required for the education and care of infants, toddlers and young children. This qualification is an ideal place to start if you have not studied for some time or left school with minimal qualifications. QUALIFICATION There are three courses in our programme of learning for this qualification. To be awarded the National Certificate in Early Childhood Education & Care you need to successfully complete all three courses: EAC01 Young children s wellbeing EAC02 Early childhood education theory and practice EAC03 Enabling learning: whänau, family, community. There is a practical workplace component for each course requiring you to attend an early childhood setting for a minimum of four hours each week. You will receive printed course materials for each course and they can be accessed online. FUTURE SKILLS Once you have completed the National Certificate in Early Childhood Education & Care you will be able to: work ethically with young children meet children's wellbeing and safety needs understand the diversity of early childhood education in Aotearoa New Zealand work with the New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum, Te Whäriki, and understand children's development communicate with parents and whänau by involving them in children s learning. 3

6 QUALIFICATION STRUCTURE This qualification has three courses which include 18 unit standards. You can only enrol in one course at a time starting with EAC01, and then EAC02 and EAC03. UNIT STANDARD TITLE VERSION LEVEL CREDITS COURSE EAC01 YOUNG CHILDREN S WELLBEING Describe and contribute to safe practices and a safe environment for a child in an ECE service Describe personal and environmental hygiene and safety practices in an ECE service Describe the basic needs of children in an ECE service Demonstrate knowledge of promoting the health and wellbeing of children in ECE services Demonstrate knowledge of ethics in an ECE service Demonstrate knowledge of, and apply, age-related nutrition needs in providing food for a child in an ECE service COURSE EAC02 EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION Explain the purpose, aspirations, structure, and relevance of the New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum, Te Whäriki Demonstrate knowledge of attachment patterns and short-term separation in an ECE service Describe transition situations in an ECE service Demonstrate knowledge of the development and learning of children and its relevance to an ECE service Develop reciprocal and responsive relationships with a child in an ECE service Conduct an observation in an ECE service Describe professional image and demonstrate professional behaviours required of an early childhood educator COURSE EAC03 ENABLING LEARNING: WHÄNAU, FAMILY, COMMUNITY Demonstrate knowledge of, and apply, effective communication with diverse whänau/families in an ECE service Demonstrate knowledge of cultural diversity in an ECE service Describe the value of play and create resources for children s development and learning in an ECE service Develop, implement and evaluate a learning plan for children in an ECE service Demonstrate knowledge of organisations relevant to ECE services in Aotearoa/New Zealand ASSESSMENT Course EAC01 has two assessments, course EAC02 has three assessments and course EAC03 has two assessments. ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS Admission to this certificate requires NCEA Level 1. You also need to have a satisfactory police check or if you are still at school you will need to provide a character reference from your principal. If you are not already employed in early childhood education you will need to get work or offer to volunteer in an appropriate early childhood environment. 4

7 English language English is the language of study at Open Polytechnic. You will need to be able to read and write well in English so that you can understand course materials and also submit written assessments. There are criteria that must be met if English is not your first language. For more information about English language requirements, please call freephone or visit openpolytechnic.ac.nz/englishlanguage LITERACY EXERCISE The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) has created a literacy assessment tool to measure and improve the literacy and numeracy skills of adult learners in New Zealand. If you're studying a Level 1 3 course with Open Polytechnic for the first time, you must complete this assessment at the start and end of your course. You will receive an from TEC with more information when your enrolment is confirmed. Please contact us before you enrol if you do not wish to complete the literacy assessment. For more information visit openpolytechnic.ac.nz/literacytool STUDY TIME All courses have a credit value. This helps you work out how much study time you will need. Allow about 10 hours of study per credit. SET TEXTS There is one set text for this qualification Te Whäriki Early Childhood Curriculum. Any required readings are included in the course materials. Recommended readings may be available from the Open Polytechnic library and are available on the course page on Online Campus. ENROLMENT Your enrolment will officially begin on the first Monday of the month you choose for enrolment. When your enrolment is confirmed, we will send you a letter with your course start and end dates and where you can find assessment submission deadlines. You can apply to enrol online from the qualification page on our website by selecting the course(s) you wish to study within the qualification structure table. During the online application process you will be asked to provide the following information. You can save and exit at any time if you do not have all of the information with you. We will ask you to: 1. Confirm that you can meet the volunteer or work requirements of the qualification. 2. Provide the name of the ECE service where you are volunteering/working. 3. Download a Verification of Police Vetting form and give it to the person who is responsible for approving police clearances in your early childhood service OR download and complete an Authorisation to Disclose Information form if your workplace does not have your police clearance on file. Either form may be uploaded back into the online application form once completed. If you upload your Authorisation to Disclose Information form, you will also need to upload one form of ID (either a New Zealand drivers licence, passport or 18+ card). Your ID will need to be photocopied and attached to your Authorisation to Disclose Information form if you re returning it by post. 4. Disclose if you have ever been convicted of an offence, including traffic infringements, in any country. Your enrolment application cannot be processed until all required documentation has been received. NEW ZEALAND QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY (NZQA) RECORD OF ACHIEVEMENT The National Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care is made up of unit standards which will be recorded on your NZQA Record of Achievement. If you are already registered on the NZQA database, please provide us with your Record of Achievement number or your National Student Number when you apply to enrol online. If you are not registered, we will arrange this when you have finished course EAC01. Any unit standards you gain through the year will be added to your Record of Achievement by March of the following year. You can check your Record of Achievement online or you can phone NZQA and ask for a copy of it. To find out more visit their website or call them on or

8 OPEN POLYTECHNIC CERTIFICATE IN EARLY CHILDHOOD PRACTICE Qualification code: OP4310 Level : 4 Credits: 40 This qualification is designed for people who are involved in the care and education of children in a range of early childhood education settings including: home-based, education and care centres and play groups. The certificate has been endorsed by the NZ Home-based Childcare Association (NZHBCA) and Barnardo's to ensure it meets the needs and requirements of the home-based early childhood sector. This certificate is a foundation for higher level study in teaching and early childhood education, such as the Open Polytechnic Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education). QUALIFICATION Once you have successfully completed the two 20 credit courses you can apply to receive the Open Polytechnic Certificate in Early Childhood Practice. WHAT YOU WILL LEARN On completion of the Open Polytechnic Certificate in Early Childhood Practice you will have the skills and knowledge to: understand the history, goals, structure and philosophy of Te Whäriki: He whäriki mätauranga mo ngämokopuna o Aotearoa: early childhood curriculum, early childhood services and licensing criteria understand environments (interpersonal, temporal and physical) which support and nurture children s learning and development facilitate positive, reciprocal relationships with children, parents and whänau understand the principles underpinning effective partnership, the importance of Mäori as tangata whenua and inclusive practice understand children s learning and development and implement a curriculum that is consistent with Te Whäriki demonstrate the professional and ethical behaviours expected of an early childhood professional. QUALIFICATION STRUCTURE COURSE CODE TITLE LEVEL CREDITS 4301 EARLY CHILDHOOD CONTEXT 4 20 Module 1 Introduction to early childhood services in Aotearoa New Zealand Module 2 Early childhood environments Module 3 Interpersonal communication Module 4 Bicultural practice 4302 EARLY CHILDHOOD PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE 4 20 Module 1 Understanding children s learning and development Module 2 The child as learner Module 3 Working with Te Whäriki Module 4 The professional context Visit the qualification page on our website and click on each course for a full description. ASSESSMENT For each course there are two assessments which cover four modules of learning. 6

9 ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS You must be 17 years or older to enrol in this qualification. In addition, you must volunteer or work for a minimum of six hours a week in ONE of the following types of early childhood settings. Licensed early childhood centre. Licensed home-based setting affiliated to a home-based service or nanny provider. Certificated playgroup. Setting recognised for funding purposes by the Ministry of Education or Ministry of Health. These will be programmes with a focus on supporting families/whänau and young children. Another setting or service approved by the Head of School, School of Education Studies, Open Polytechnic. In addition you must have both of these documents. A satisfactory police check or signed verification from a home-based service provider of having a clear police vet within the last 12 months. See the enrolment section overleaf for more information. A satisfactory referee report from a person (not a family member or friend) who has observed you interacting with children and adults and is able to attest to your suitability to work with children and families. See the enrolment section below for more information. ENGLISH LANGUAGE English is the language of study at Open Polytechnic. You will need to be able to read and write well in English so that you can understand course materials and also submit written assessments. There are criteria that must be met if English is not your first language. For more information about English language requirements, please call freephone or visit openpolytechnic.ac.nz/englishlanguage STUDY REQUIREMENTS Course 4301 and Course 4302 require six hours of theory and six hours of practical study per week. SET TEXTS You will need set texts for these courses. A list of set texts required is on our website at openpolytechnic.ac.nz/textbooks Texts can be bought online via a link on the qualification page on our website. Or you can go to vicbooks.co.nz and click the Open Polytechnic link. 7

10 ENROLMENT Due to the study load requirements, we recommend you enrol in 4301 and complete it before enrolling in You can apply to enrol online from the qualification page on our website by selecting the course(s) you wish to study within the qualification structure table. During the online application process you will be asked to provide the following information. You can save and exit at any time if you do not have all of the information with you. We will ask you to: 1. Confirm that you can meet the volunteer or work requirements of the qualification. 2. Provide the name of the ECE service where you are volunteering/working. 3. Download a Verification of Police Vetting form and give it to the person who is responsible for approving police clearances in your early childhood service OR download and complete an Authorisation to Disclose Information form if your workplace does not have your police clearance on file. Either form may be uploaded back into the online application form once completed. If you upload your Authorisation to Disclose Information form, you will also need to upload one form of ID (either a New Zealand driver licence, passport or 18+ card). Your ID will need to be photocopied and attached to your Authorisation to Disclose Information form if you re returning it by post. 4. Disclose if you have ever been convicted of an offence, including traffic infringements, in any country. 5. Give us your New Zealand Home-based Early Childhood Education Association membership number if you are a current member. 6. Provide the name, address and phone number of one person who knows you in a professional capacity (they cannot be a close friend or relative) and who has agreed to provide a confidential report in support of your application. If you do not have the address of your referee, you will be asked to download a Referee Report form and give it to your referee to complete and return to us by post. How to enrol if you re a Barnardos educator If you are a Barnardos educator, your enrolment will need to be coordinated through a central Barnardos administrator and not online. Please visit the qualification page on our website for more information about how to enrol and to download the forms which you ll need to give to your Barnardos visiting teacher. 8

11 BACHELOR OF TEACHING (EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION) Qualification code: OP7030 Level: 7 Credits: 360 INTRODUCTION The Open Polytechnic Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) is a professional research-based teaching degree which builds on learning covered in our certificate qualifications. If you meet the admission requirements you can apply for admission into the degree qualification without completing a certificate first. See page 11 for more details. If you already hold a Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) you can upgrade to the degree qualification. Contact us or see page 13 for more information. The degree runs on a trimester basis with annual intakes in February and July. KEY DATES 2014/2015 TRIMESTER 1 TRIMESTER 2 Admission applications close 3 November 2014 Admission applications close 8 May 2015 Applications shortlisted Mid November 2014 Applications shortlisted Mid May 2015 Applicants interviewed Late November 2014 Applicants interviewed Early June 2015 Re-enrolments close for Trimester 1 9 February 2015 Re-enrolments close for Trimester 2 29 June 2015 Trimester 1 officially begins 23 February 2015 Trimester 2 officially begins 13 July 2015 Graduation ceremony attendance applications close 28 February 2015 Last day for withdrawing (with refund) 22 March 2015 Last day for withdrawing (with refund) 9 August 2015 Last day for withdrawing (no refund) 24 May 2015 Last day for withdrawing (no refund) 11 October 2015 Trimester 1 ends 28 June 2015 Trimester 2 officially ends 15 November 2015 Note: If you miss the admission application close-off date we will continue to accept applications on a case-by-case basis. QUALIFICATION Graduates will have the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values to be competent, registered teachers in early childhood settings in Aotearoa New Zealand. There are upgrade options for those who have provisional or full teacher registration. WHAT YOU WILL LEARN Once you have completed this qualification you will: be able to work effectively with young children, their parents, families and whänau be knowledgeable about current early childhood education and care practices, curricula and technologies be able to think critically and engage in transformative, equitable teaching practice understand the importance of the people, places and things that children value be committed to sustainable communities understand how bicultural, multicultural, social and political contexts influence teaching and learning be able to plan for a safe, high-quality teaching and learning environment be able to engage in professional debate be able to work with a range of theories, research and pedagogies acknowledge and respect the dual cultural heritages of Aotearoa New Zealand have an in-depth understanding of the ethical, legal and professional responsibilities of teaching. 9

12 QUALIFICATION STRUCTURE The degree qualification consists of 18 courses of 20 credits each. All courses are compulsory and there are six courses (120 credits) at each level. To enrol for Level 6 courses you must have successfully completed at least four courses (80 credits) at Level 5. To enrol for Level 7 courses you must have at least four courses (80 credits) at Level 6 and have completed all the Level 5 courses. COURSE CODE COURSE NAME CREDITS CONTACT TIME PREREQUISITE TRI 1 TRI 2 YEAR 1 LEVEL Research and Inquiry Learning, Development and Culture 1 20 Workshop Tangata Whenua 1 20 Noho marae Curriculum Self in Society Professional Practice and Pedagogy 1 20 YEAR 2 LEVEL 6 Workshop Practica AND Research and Inquiry Tangata Whenua 2 20 Noho marae Learning, Development and Culture Curriculum 2 20 Workshop Self in Society Professional Practice and Pedagogy 2 20 Workshop Practica AND at least two Level 6 courses YEAR 3 LEVEL Curriculum Learning, Development, Culture and Tangata Whenua 3 20 Noho marae AND Professional Practice and Pedagogy 3A 20 Practica Self in Society Research and Inquiry 3 20 Workshop AND Professional Practice and Pedagogy 3B 20 Practica Workshop Go to the qualification page on our website and click on each course for a full description. The degree qualification includes a number of compulsory workshops, tutorials, noho marae and practica. You will be given more information about these once you have applied to enrol. COURSE AVAILABILITY Course availability will be confirmed during the interview process. ASSESSMENT The Open Polytechnic Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) is internally assessed by assignments and practical work experience in early childhood settings. There are no examinations. 10

13 ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS Under 20 years To apply for admission to the degree you must be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident and be at least 17 years of age at the time of admission. You must also meet the following university entrance requirements: NCEA Level 3 14 credits in each of three approved subjects* at Level 3 or above. Literacy 10 credits in English or te reo Mäori at Level 2 or above, made up of: 5 credits in reading 5 credits in writing. Numeracy 10 credits at Level 1 or above, made up of: specified achievement standards available through a range of subjects, or three unit standards, 26623, and * For a list of approved subjects go to nzqa.govt.nz and search for 'university entrance'. Over 20 years If you are over 20 years of age and don t meet the above criteria you can still apply for admission into the degree. Your application will be considered for special or provisional entrance. Contact us for more information. See the inside back cover of this brochure for contact details. ENGLISH LANGUAGE If English is not your first language, you must supply proof that you have passed the IELTS academic English language proficiency test with a minimum score of 7 in each category as per the New Zealand Teachers Council guidelines. You need to be able to read and write well in English so you can write your assessments and understand written English course materials. INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS This qualification is not available for international students. WORK EXPERIENCE Although not a requirement of this qualification, we strongly recommend that you work or volunteer in a licensed early childhood setting during your studies. STUDY TIME All courses have a credit value that helps you work out how much study time you will need. Allow about 10 hours of study per credit. To determine how many hours of study this means per week, divide the total study hours by the enrolment period. For example, if you enrol in a 20-credit course over a trimester (17 weeks), you will need to complete about (200 17) hours of study per week. SET TEXTS A list of set texts required is on our website at openpolytechnic.ac.nz/textbooks Texts can be bought online via a link on the qualification page on our website. Or you can go to vicbooks.co.nz and click the Open Polytechnic link. COURSE MATERIALS Course materials will be sent to you at the beginning of each trimester. 11

14 ADMISSION AND ENROLMENT PROCESS You can apply to enrol online from the qualification page on our website by selecting the course(s) you wish to study within the qualification structure table. During the online application process you will be asked to provide the following information. You can save and exit at any time if you do not have all of the information with you. We will ask you: 1. Whether you work or volunteer in a licensed early childhood setting (it is strongly recommended that you do during your studies). 2. If you intend to study part-time or full-time. 3. If you have applied for a TeachNZ scholarship (see page 14 for more information). 4. If you will apply for cross-credits (see page 14 for more information). 5. Which qualifications you have completed (other than at secondary school). 6. To upload or post us evidence of study which may include academic transcripts, certificates, diplomas and/or degrees. 7. To provide details of your current and previous employers over the last five years (minimum) paid and/or voluntary. 8. To disclose if you have ever been convicted of an offence, including traffic infringements, in any country. 9. To describe to us in words about why you want to be an early childhood teacher and why you think you will be successful in the role. 10. To provide your interests, hobbies, iwi and community responsibilities or involvement. 11. To give us the name, occupation, address and phone number of two people who know you in a professional capacity (your referees must not be close friends or relatives) and who have agreed to provide confidential reports in support of your application. If you do not have the address of your referees, you will be asked to download two Referee Report forms and give them to your referees to complete and return to us by post. 12. To download and complete an Authorisation to Disclose Information form. The completed form can be uploaded back into the online application form once completed. If you upload the form, you will also need to upload one form of ID (either a New Zealand driver licence, passport or 18+ card). Your ID will need to be photocopied and attached to your Authorisation to Disclose Information form if you re returning it by post. Once we have received your application and all required documentation, we will get in touch to acknowledge receipt of your application. After the application close off date we will let you know if your application has been shortlisted for an interview. Interviews are held throughout New Zealand and we will try to arrange a location near to your home address. You will need to cover any travel expenses incurred in attending the interview. 12

15 Upgrade options OP7030 BACHELOR OF TEACHING (EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION) UPGRADE GROUP A ADMISSION Your admission is subject to successful completion of the Open Polytechnic Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) since You are also required to have provisional or full teacher registration from the New Zealand Teachers Council. Group A applicants who are completing the Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) and applying for an upgrade in the following trimester will need to complete an Authorisation to Disclose Information form, if you have not gained teacher registration with the New Zealand Teachers Council. HOW TO ENROL Please visit the Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) qualification page on the website to find out how to enrol because the admission process is different for students who are upgrading to the degree. QUALIFICATION STRUCTURE There are two courses worth 20 credits each. You are also required to attend the following workshops: Orientation workshop (1 day) Research and Inquiry 3 workshop (2 days). COURSE CODE COURSE NAME CREDITS CONTACT TIME Self in Society Research and Inquiry 3 20 Workshop (2 days) OP7030 BACHELOR OF TEACHING (EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION) UPGRADE GROUP B ADMISSION Your admission is subject to successful completion of a three year Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) from a New Zealand tertiary provider of initial teacher education training, or successful completion of the Open Polytechnic Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) prior to You are also required to have provisional or full teacher registration from the New Zealand Teachers Council. HOW TO ENROL Please visit the Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) qualification page on the website to find out how to enrol because the admission process is different for students who are upgrading to the degree. QUALIFICATION STRUCTURE There are three courses worth 20 credits each. You are also required to attend the following workshops: Orientation workshop (1 day) Noho marae workshop for Learning, Development, Culture and Tangata Whenua 3 (2 days) Research and Inquiry 3 workshop (2 days). COURSE CODE COURSE NAME CREDITS CONTACT TIME Learning, Development, Culture and Tangata Whenua 3 20 Noho marae workshop (2 days) Self in Society Research and Inquiry 3 20 Workshop (2 days) 13

16 GENERAL INFORMATION Fees Fees are displayed on each course and qualification page on our website. Visit openpolytechnic.ac.nz and browse our subjects and courses to find the fee information you need. Loans, allowances and other funding Student loans and allowances are administered by StudyLink. We recommend that you apply for a student loan at least four weeks before the commencement of your study. We cannot confirm your enrolment or send your course materials until your fees have been paid. For more information, or to find out if you re eligible for a student loan, visit studylink.govt.nz or give StudyLink a call on WORK AND INCOME NZ EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT-RELATED TRAINING If you are a Work and Income client you may be able to apply for education and employment-related training. Contact Work and Income for more information. See the inside back cover of this brochure for contact details. EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION TEACHER EDUCATION INCENTIVES BACHELOR OF TEACHING (EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION) There are a number of other grants and sources of financial help available for people wanting to become registered teachers in ECE. These include: TEACHNZ EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIPS For people with, or eligible for a Community Services Card and people intending to enrol in an identified kaupapa Mäori or Pasifika focused qualification. The Ministry of Education approve this grant. STUDY GRANTS These are available for qualified primary teachers. Information and application forms are available on the Ministry of Education website: minedu.govt.nz or teachnz.govt.nz FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE We have a fund to help students who are in financial need and have no other option for financial support. This fund is available for course fees and/or set text books. Conditions apply. Contact us for more information. See the last page of this brochure for contact details. Recognition of prior learning CROSS-CREDITS OR CREDIT TRANSFER Note: International qualifications are not recognised for cross-credit purposes. If you have already passed relevant early childhood courses within the last six years (through either us or another tertiary provider), which you think should be acknowledged, you may be eligible for cross-credit. You will need to provide evidence, including a copy of the learning outcomes of each course for which you are seeking credit for. Note: Cross-credits are generally considered for Level 5 6 courses only. Computer requirements We recommend that you have access to a computer with the internet and are able to do the following: Send and receive s Access and contribute to Online Campus discussion forums Download documents Carry out online research You will also need to submit your assessments online. Note: We use Microsoft software and the extra resources we provide online for your study are in this format. If you need to buy software, you can buy it at a special academic price from most software retailers (generally about a third of the normal retail cost). You will need proof you have been accepted into a course. Your letter confirming your enrolment will provide this. There is a list of Microsoft software retailers at microsoft.com/nz/retailers We also recommend you install virus protection software. We have a helpdesk that can give you technical help or support. You can our helpdesk at Please include your name and student ID in the message. Learning support ACADEMIC SUPPORT We are committed to helping you achieve your goals. You can access academic support by contacting your regional lecturer or programme and student advisor for advice and help. Regional lecturers are teacher educators who live in your region. They arrange practicum, assess assessments and facilitate workshops in their local area. 14

17 STUDY HELP Course lecturers and adjunct tutors are there to help you through the course work to make sure you understand the study material and check your progress. You can contact regional lecturers on our freephone or by , fax or letter. Their contact details will be in the information we send you when you enrol. The Learning Support section of our website has information about the study support and resources we offer. Visit openpolytechnic.ac.nz/learningsupport for more information. Te Wähanga Whakapakari Ako (the Learning Centre) Te Wähanga Whakapakari Ako (the Learning Centre) can help you with a wide range of learning support services and resources. These include: tips and techniques to help you succeed in online and distance learning one-to-one consultations with a learning advisor (telephone or ) StudyWise and ExamWise which are free online study and exam preparation workshops disability services a student mentoring programme. For more information visit openpolytechnic.ac.nz/learningsupport Te Kura Wänanga (the Mäori Office) Te Kura Wänanga (the Mäori Office) can help you with your learning and cultural needs in a kaupapa Mäori context. We use Mäori values and principles to enhance your learning journey. For more information visit openpolytechnic.ac.nz/maorisupport Once you re enrolled, you can also keep track of your study information on the go with the My Open Polytechnic smartphone app called My OP. To download the app, search for My OP on the App Store (Apple iphone) or Google Play Store (Android smartphone). These come pre-installed on your smartphone. ONLINE CAMPUS Online Campus is the area of our website where you can: access and submit assignments link to web pages specific to your course, including frequently asked questions (FAQ), assessment hints, web resources, staff information and sometimes online quizzes and tutorials communicate with other students in your course, and with your lecturer or tutor access the library. LIBRARY We provide a library service for students. There is no additional fee for using it. The library service provides: online resources guides on how to search for information a distance lending service with free and fast delivery information about study techniques. For more information about the library visit openpolytechnic.ac.nz/oplibrary Further study For information on other courses and qualifications available at Open Polytechnic visit our website or contact us. See the inside back cover of this brochure for contact details. STUDENT INFORMATION You can find current enrolment and study information on our website including details of our systems and processes and the services we offer. Visit openpolytechnic.ac.nz/studywithus to find out more. MY OPEN POLYTECHNIC My Open Polytechnic is our online portal for our students. With My Open Polytechnic you can: update your details view your study information track the status of your materials access your assessment submission deadlines, marks and final grades for each course check your account balance access Online Campus and the library. 15

18 CROSS CREDIT/CREDIT TRANSFER Important information original signed copy of your Academic Transcript Personal details Print clearly using a black or blue ball point pen Print your full legal name Cross credit/credit transfer (Refer to Important Notes). Office use only day month year day month year Financial details Overseas qualifications only see Important Information above How are you paying for your cross credit/credit transfer if applicable? Tick appropriate boxes day month year day month year day month year day month year month year 16

19 Application for Cross Credit/Credit Transfer Instructions: Students please complete columns (1 7) Columns 1 5 refer to the course you wish to transfer credits from Columns 6 & 7 refer to the course you want credited Course Number Course Name Received at (Institution) Year Grade Open Polytechnic Course Number Open Polytechnic Course Name For Open Polytechnic use only 17

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