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 teacher education degree that prepares you for work as a kaiako in primary, 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.
Our holistic approach gives you the theoretical knowledge of teaching and learning, as well as incorporating opportunities to gain practical teaching experience. You’ll learn how to plan lessons aligned to the New Zealand curriculum, assess and evaluate learning, and embed concepts from te ao Māori (the Māori world) into your practice.
As a graduate of He Korowai Ākonga you can apply for teacher registration with the New Zealand Education Council and start your career in primary teaching.
When you complete this degree, you'll get this qualification:
This is a full-time programme that consists of 360 credits (120 credits per year). Throughout the programme you will be required to attend:
Activity directed learning will also need to be completed outside of class time. This will amount to approximately:
*Year 2 and 3 commitment requirements will be discussed towards the completion of each year.
Some of the learning activities will need to be completed online. You’ll need to have access to an internet-connected device for this programme.
To enrol in this programme, a potential student must:
I want to keep studying
You might 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.
The 2022 fees for this degree are:
Year 1: $4,519
Year 2: $4,295
Year 3: $4,264
First-time tertiary students studying fee paying programmes may be able to study fee free in their first year. To find out whether you are eligible for fees-free study for our fee paying programmes visit: feesfree.govt.nz.
Pending NZQA approval and accreditation.