He Korowai Ākonga (Primary Teaching)

Bachelor of Education (Primary Teaching)

  • Level 7
  • 3 yrs 36 weeks per year
  • 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 to 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.

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 New Zealand 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 the Master's degree.

I want to use my qualification

This qualification prepares you for teaching in primary, middle or intermediate schools.

You could also pursue a diverse range of careers in the education, social services and public sectors.

How you'll study:

This programme uses a mixed-mode delivery method that includes:

  • noho
  • one-day wānanga
  • tutorials
  • class-based learning
  • practice-based learning
  • online learning

Entry criteria:

To enrol on this programme you’ll need:

  • to be at least 18 years old
  • to be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident
  • to consent to a police vetting process
  • University Entrance or required NCEA credits (if under 20 years old)
  • a level 4 qualification of at least 120 credits (over 20 years old) and have the appropriate level of literacy and numeracy skills
  • to complete an interview and selection process
  • to meet IELTS requirements (if applicable).

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