He Korowai Ākonga

Bachelor of Education (Primary Teaching)

  • Level 7
  • 3 years - full-time
  • 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 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:

  • Bachelor of Education (Primary Education) Level 7

You'll learn about:

  • a holistic view of education in Aotearoa New Zealand
  • how to embed mātauranga Māori within primary education
  • subject knowledge required for teaching in the primary sector

How you'll study:

This is a full-time programme that consists of 360 credits (120 credits per year). Throughout the programme you will be required to attend:

Year 1*

Semester A:

  • weekly classes (Monday-Thursday) 13-14 hours per week
  • 1 noho (2-night stay)
  • practice-based learning (2 weeks full-time)

Semester B:

  • weekly classes (Monday-Thursday) 13-14 hours per week
  • 1 noho (2-night stay)
  • 2 x 1-day wānanga
  • practice-based learning (3 weeks full-time)

Activity directed learning will also need to be completed outside of class time. This will amount to approximately:

  • 21-22 hours per week

*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.


Entry criteria:

To enrol in this programme, a potential student must:

  • be at least 18 years of age 
  • be a New Zealand citizen (or citizen of Australia, Tokelau, Niue, Cook Islands) or permanent resident
  • reside in New Zealand
  • consent to a police vetting process 
  • have University Entrance or required NCEA credits (if under the age of 20)
  • have a Level 4 qualification of at least 120 credits (if over 20 years old)
  • meet the required literacy, and numeracy skills 
  • meet the English proficiency requirements (if applicable)

Where will this take me?

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.

Fee detail:

The 2022 fees for this degree are:

Year 1: $4,519

Year 2: $4,295

Year 3: $4,264

GST Inclusive.

Are you eligible for fees-free study?

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.

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