There are four papers in the Diploma:

Paper 1.       The Montessori Philosophy and Methods of Teaching and Learning: Te rapunga whakaaro me ngā tikanga ako o Montessori
Paper 2.       The Montessori Philosophy and the Montessori Curriculum: Te rapunga whakaaro me te marautanga o Montessori
Paper 3.       Contexts of Early Childhood Education 1: Te Hā o te Ao Hurihuri 1
Paper 4.       The Child 1: Te Hā o te Tamaiti 1.

First semester

In the first semester, Papers 1 and 2 will be taught.  These are the compulsory papers that everyone will need to complete towards the Diploma.

During this semester, you will need to take part in one block course that will take place during the week starting 15 April 2019.  The block course will take place in a Montessori early childhood centre and will be run in different locations around New Zealand depending on where we have student numbers.  You will be informed no later than January 2019 where your block course will be held to ensure you can arrange your travel.

Second semester

In the second semester, Papers 3 and 4 will be taught.  These papers are part of Te Rito Maioha’s Bachelor of Teaching (ECE) qualification. 

There are two block courses of three and two days in the second semester.  The three-day block course will be at the beginning of the semester, with the two-day block course around week 10 or 11.

Things to note:

If you already have a Bachelor of Teaching (ECE), you will not need to complete the second semester if your prior learning has been accredited.  This means that at the end of the first semester, if you have successfully completed the 2 papers, you will be awarded the Diploma.

If you are not already degree qualified and you successfully complete this Level 5 programme, you will be provided with a credit of prior learning for two papers in Te Rito Maioha’s Bachelor of Teaching (ECE), which would reduce your degree by six months.


If you wish to apply for the Diploma, you can do so through this link.
If you would like more information go to Te Rito Maioha’s website.