He Puāwai

NZ Certificate in Adult & Tertiary Teaching

  • Level 5
  • 18 weeks
  • Fees may 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, personal growth and workplace development.

He Puāwai caters for current adult educators seeking a recognised adult education qualification. It suits people working with adults in vocational, workplace, community-based or tertiary settings who are interested in being a more responsive educator.

This practical programme positions Māori philosophies, principles and mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge) as a foundation for enhancing practice. You'll explore the implications this has for learning styles and effective learning environments, while reflecting on your practice.

Become an adult educator that empowers learners!


You'll learn about:

  • Āhurutanga - creating inclusive and inviting learning environments
  • Kaitiakitanga - communication, facilitation and teaching strategies for responding to diverse learners
  • Koha - designing, delivering and evaluating lessons
  • Mauri ora - being a reflective practitioner.

You'll know how to:

  • interpret social, cultural, educational and contextual factors that impact on learners
  • explain adult learning theories
  • use Māori models and other cultural frameworks that inform practice
  • implement effective ako and communication strategies
  • design for learning principles - planning, assessment and moderation, delivery
  • use methods to improve professional practice.

Where will this take me?

I want to keep studying

You might be eligible to enrol in our degree programme He Korowai Ākonga - Bachelor of Education or you might want to explore further study options in adult and tertiary teaching.

I want to use my qualification

Facilitate learning as a vocational, tertiary, marae-based, workplace or community-based educator.


How you'll study:

This programme uses a blended delivery method that includes:

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

Entry criteria:

You will need to:

  • be at least 18 years old
  • consent to a police vetting process
  • hold a level 4 qualification or NCEA level 2
  • attend an interview and selection process
  • have access to at least six adult learners throughout the duration of the programme.

*Note: Practice-based Learning (practicum) is a compulsory component of this programme. In
accordance with the Vulnerable Children's Act 2014, all applicants working with learners 18
years and under will need to participate in safety checks including police vetting as part of
the pre-enrolment process.

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