He Korowai Ākonga

Bachelor of Education (Adult Education)

  • Level 7
  • 3 years
  • Fees apply

Programme overview:

Adult educators play a vital role in our communities, helping develop people’s confidence and capabilities in areas such as literacy, numeracy, digital technology and research. They can facilitate learning in the health, education or social services sectors or support employees in businesses, government or industry organisations. Adult educators are also needed in our Māori communities supporting whānau, hapū and iwi with their growth and development.

He Korowai Ākonga is a recognised degree, which caters for current or aspiring adult educators seeking a formal teaching qualification.

This teaching programme prepares you to work as a kaiako, educator or facilitator of adult learners. This unique qualification embraces Māori philosophies, principles and mātauranga Māori (knowledge), producing culturally responsive and reflective practitioners who are able to work with a diverse range of adult learners. This holistic programme ensures your theoretical knowledge of teaching and learning is well supported by practical teaching opportunities. Under the guidance of experienced kaiako you will learn about effective teaching and learning strategies, while embedding the concepts of te ao Māori into your practice.


Are you eligible for fees-free study?

First time tertiary students studying for fee paying programmes at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa will be fees-free from 2018.

We’ve been providing fees-free study for the majority of our programmes for more than 30 years and are committed to tauira success.

To find out whether you are eligible for fees-free study for our fee paying programmes visit the Fees Free Website.


You'll learn about:

  • educational leadership
  • mātauranga Māori (principles and values)
  • koha - your educational responsibilities
  • enhancing your existing subject knowledge
  • innovations in digital technologies.

You'll know how to:

  • be a transformative educational leader
  • use technologies in your practice
  • contribute to adult education at a high level
  • apply reflective practice naturally and meaningfully.

Where will this take me?

I want to keep studying

You may be eligible to enrol on our Master of Applied Indigenous Knowledge degree or the Postgraduate Diploma in Bicultural Professional Supervision Level 8.

I want to use my qualification

You'll be ready to work as an adult educator in the public or private sectors, or for industry providers. You could also take on roles in educational administration or policy.


How you'll study:

This is a 3-year, full-time programme. You need to be committed to (on average):


That'll be made up of:

  • noho marae and wānanga
  • online activities
  • tutorials
  • extra study and activities that you decide will help your learning. (These may differ from class-to-class.)

Entry criteria:

To enrol on this programme you'll need to:

  • be at least 18 years old
  • be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident
  • have completed level 4 of at least 120 credits
  • have an appropriate level of literacy and numeracy skills
  • complete an interview and selection process.

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