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New Zealand Tertiary College

New Zealand Tertiary College (NZTC) is a leading tertiary education provider with campuses in Auckland and Christchurch specialising in high-quality professional qualifications in the Early Childhood Education sector. NZTC offers a stimulating, supportive learning environment for students from around the world, while enabling them to become successful professionals in their careers.



New Zealand Tertiary College (NZTC) was founded in 1982, and has evolved over the years in becoming a leading tertiary provider of Early Childhood Education programmes. NZTC has progressed in becoming a distance learning provider which has enabled students from around the world in gaining recognised Early Childhood Education qualifications.


NZTC Online study uses the latest available technology, offering you a faster, more efficient way to learn:

  • Learn at anytime, from anywhere you have an internet connection
  • Access all of your course study materials and academic resources (e.g. professional journals and databases) online
  • Interact more frequently with your lecturer than in a face-to-face course – through email and online discussions
  • Be part of an online learning community by engaging in online discussions, and sharing resources with other students
  • Use the latest technology with numerous online learning tools such as: text, audio, video, slides, graphics, images, discussions and many more
  • Submit assessments and receive your marked assessments online


New Zealand Tertiary College (NZTC) fosters a strong research culture to benefit both our academic staff and students. Our staff regularly present at conferences, complete higher academic qualifications, write for journals and other professional publications, and acquire research grants through individual and collaborative projects.

Our staff are also engaged in a variety of research areas including: early childhood studies, teacher education, social science, social psychology, primary education, philosophy of education and arts education. In 2016 a number of research projects are being considered and developed by NZTC.


NZTC provides career guidance to international students through its program specific career guides and access to a network of potential early childhood employers throught New Zealand. Career guides for NZTC qualification are available on request.

NZTC's Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) and the 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. This improves your job prospects and your ability to apply for residency if you aren’t from New Zealand but wish to live here.


Student services

Academic Skills Support is a team of lecturers dedicated to supporting you in the development your academic skills. They can assist you with:

  • academic writing
  • punctuation and grammar
  • interpreting essay questions
  • APA referencing
  • understanding plagiarism
  • research database skills
  • IELTS practice exams
  • time management skills
  • making the most out of NZTC Online
Each course is aligned to an online discussion forum. By discussing your thoughts and findings with other students you are incorporated into a global learning community. You may also ask lecturers for help or clarification of assessment expectations.

Housing services

NZTC can help you to find a homestay family in Auckland or Christchurch while you are studying with us. For more information on homestays and other accommodation options please contact us.

Library services

Over 20,000 titles include:

  • Textbooks for your courses
  • Recommended readings for your courses
  • Access to online databases and journals
  • Multimedia items including DVDs, CDs, audiocassettes and videotapes
  • Journals, newsletters and periodicals from the early childhood education sector
  • Children’s picture books and oversized children’s books
  • A unique collection of Pasifika and Maori early childhood resources

ICT services

For any IT-related difficulties, the IT Help Desk is available to help. Whether you are having trouble converting files or submitting an assessment, there is nothing they have not dealt with before. Simply call or leave an eMessage and one of our dedicated IT Help Desk technicians will be back in contact with you within 1-2 working days.

Medical services

Most international students are not entitled to publicly funded health services while in New Zealand. If you receive medical treatment during your visit, you may be liable for the full costs of that treatment. International students must have appropriate and current medical and travel insurance while in New Zealand. You may purchase medical and travel insurance through NZTC.

Student Life

Campus life

New Zealand Tertiary College is located in Greenlane, a central city suburb about 6km from the city centre. The Auckland Campus is located next to the train line and numerous bus routes. The Campus is easily accessible using Auckland’s public transportation system.

New Zealand Tertiary College is also located in the suburb of Papanui situated 5km northwest of the city centre and on the way to the airport. Papanui is located at the junction of three busy thoroughfares: Papanui Road leading to the City, the Main North Road that leads to North Canterbury, and Harewood Road that leads to Christchurch International Airport. New Zealand Tertiary College’s Christchurch Campus is easily accessible by bus.

Sports facilities

New Zealand is home to some extraordinary outdoor activities; where you can ski at a world-class alpine resorts, play golf, bungy jump, raft, mountain bike, hot-air balloon, wind surf, whale watch and visit internationally-acclaimed wineries and gardens.


  • New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA)
  • Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA)
  • Chinese Ministry of Education
  • Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand (Education Council)

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