He Korowai Ākonga

Bachelor of Education (Primary Teaching)

  • Level 7
  • 3 years
  • Fees apply

Programme overview:

Primary school teaching is a rewarding career where you can make a real difference to the lives of our tamariki. He Korowai Ākonga is a recognised teacher education programme that prepares you for work as a kaiako in primary, middle, or intermediate schools.

This unique qualification embraces Māori philosophies, principles and mātauranga Māori (knowledge), empowering you to become a culturally responsive and reflective practitioner, who is able to work with a diverse range of learners.

This holistic programme ensures your theoretical knowledge of teaching and learning is well supported by practical teaching opportunities. Under the guidance of experienced classroom and wānanga kaiako you will learn how to teach effectively, plan lessons aligned to the New Zealand curriculum, assess and evaluate learning and embed concepts from Te Ao Māori into your practice.

As a graduate of He Korowai Ākonga you can apply for teacher registration with the New Zealand Education Council and launch your career in primary teaching.


TeachNZ Scholarships

TeachNZ scholarships support you on your journey to being a great teacher. As a tauira of He Korowai Ākonga you may be eligible to apply for one of the TeachNZ Scholarships open from 6 May 2019 to 14 June 2019.

The TeachNZ scholarship programme aligns to the Ministry of Education’s goal of shaping an education system that delivers equitable and excellent outcomes for all.

Which TeachNZ Scholarships are on offer for He Korowai Ākonga?

  • Māori Medium (Primary): Scholarships are aimed at people who are either proficient or fluent in te reo Māori and who wish to work as a primary teacher in bilingual or immersion classes. Scholarships cover core study fees and an allowance. Check your eligibility here.
  • Māori medium (Primary) Career Changer: Scholarships are aimed at people who want to teach in bilingual and total immersion classes in primary schools. They are also available for people who are not qualified teachers but who are working in a school, either teach te reo Māori; as a specialist Māori language teacher or who have limited authority to teach in a Māori-medium school. Scholarships can provide financial assistance for the study period. Check your eligibility here.

For full details on the scholarships available with TeachNZ click here.*


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:

  • a holistic view of education in Aotearoa New Zealand
  • embedding mātauranga Māori within primary education
  • principled practice and praxis
  • subject knowledge required for teaching in the primary sector.

You'll know how to:

  • align teaching and learning to the NZ curriculum
  • develop effective classroom strategies
  • plan, evaluate and assess learning progression
  • apply Māori methodologies and pedagogies in the teaching and learning context
  • support life-long learning.

Where will this take me?

I want to keep studying

You may be eligible to enrol in our master's degree He Waka Hiringa - Master of Applied Indigenous Knowledge Level 9.

I want to use my qualification

This qualification prepares you for teaching in primary or intermediate schools. You can also pursue a diverse range of careers in the education, social services and public sectors.


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
  • consent to a police vetting process
  • University Entrance or required NCEA credits (if under the age of 20)
  • a level 4 qualification of at least 120 credits (if over 20 years old) and have the appropriate level of literacy and numeracy skills
  • complete an interview and selection process
  • meet IELTS requirements (if applicable).

*TeachNZ Disclaimer - Te Wānanga o Aotearoa makes all reasonable efforts to ensure that all information contained in this advertisement on this website is correct as at the date of publishing. Te Wananga o Aotearoa reserves the right to withdraw or amend any of the information contained in this advertisement and on this website without notice. Te  Wānanga o Aotearoa does not accept liability for any losses or damage of any kind arising from reliance on the information from this website or downloaded from any part of it.

For any information for the eligibility of a TeachNZ Scholarship including their terms and conditions please enquire directly with TeachNZ. Te Wānanga o Aotearoa does not accept responsibility for any incorrect information relating to TeachNZ Scholarships in this advertisement and on this website following the date of this advertisement being published. Te Wānanga o Aotearoa will make all reasonable efforts to ensure all information contained in this advertisement is correct and up-to-date as they become aware of it.

Te Wānanga o Aotearoa has not received any reward or incentive from TeachNZ as a result of this advertisement.

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