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Professional Studies is a compulsory course for all GradDipTchLn (Secondary) students. The course uses five themes to develop essential aspects of teaching and learning. They are: Learning and Teaching - develops planning, preparation and strategies for teaching including effective classroom communication. Class Management - specific preventative and correction strategies are discussed and developed into practical classroom approaches. Maori Studies introduces Te Reo Maori and Tiaknga Maori to develop appropriate bicultural practices for teachers. Safe and Inclusive Classrooms introduces diversity and equity in educational achievement. The Professional Role of the Teacher discusses the professional roles and responsibilities of teachers.