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The School of Teacher Education | Te Kura Whakangungu Kaiako is collaborating with Mātauraka Mahaanui on a bilingual endorsement pathway pilot.

This exciting initiative will provide professional development opportunities for qualified early childhood, primary or secondary kaiako as well as tertiary educators who hold an adult teaching qualification who want to strengthen their knowledge and use of te reo Māori me ōna tikanga Māori.

The courses offer flexible delivery options to suit working teachers and involve noho marae experiences, day wānanga and night classes, and a block course in the fourth term.

Are these courses for me?

The courses are for teachers who want to move from English medium to Māori medium teaching, or anyone who wants to really improve and strengthen their te reo Māori me ōna tikanga knowledge capacity. They are valuable for professional development and will assist teachers who are, or would like to be, mentors or leaders in the space of Māori education within their centres, schools or learning spaces.

Entry requirements

Students require a teaching qualification (early childhood, primary or secondary) or Adult Teaching qualification or equivalent.

An entry assessment to ascertain the level of te reo Māori fluency will occur, however this is not to put anyone off or rule any potential kaiako out, it is just to gauge reo capacity (this can be discussed with the programme coordinator).

How are the courses delivered?

The courses will be delivered in collaboration with Mātauraka Mahaanui.

Courses start with a noho marae experience, and follow with weekly 3-hour night classes (5pm – 8pm). Six wānanga sessions will be held on Saturdays throughout the year. The fourth term course, Pātaka Reo o Tahu will take teachers out of the classroom/centre for a five-week block.

What are the courses?

The pilot will offer a group of term-based, part-time courses*. These will be bilingually delivered classes.

Whakapiki i te reo Late January – 9 April 2020
(Term 1)
Whakapiki i te reo aims to increase the fluency of kaiako in te reo Māori and will provide a wide range of conversational and contextual opportunties to engage in te reo Māori. This course will strengthen your reo capability and confidence in a whānau-style atmosphere.
Mātauranga Māori 28 April – 3 July 2020
(Term 2)
This course will critically examine Mātauranga Māori: Māori ways of knowing and engaging with the environment in traditional and contemporary contexts as a means of developing a Kaupapa Māori based curriculum.
Te Marau 20 July – 25 September 2020
(Term 3)
Te Marau is delivered in a bilingual setting under the mana of Ngāi Tahu. It will focus on developing the curriculum knowledge of kaupapa Māori education documents such as Te Marautanga o Aotearoa, Te Aho Matua, Te Whāriki, Te Whatu Pōkēka and others.
Te Pātaka Reo o Tahu 12 October – 18 December 2020
(Term 4)
Te Pātaka Reo o Tahu aims to develop a working knowledge of Mātauranga Kāi Tahu (pūrākau, mahika kai, noho marae, waiata, place-based pedagogy) and a higher level of proficiency in te reo Māori.

*Subject to UNZ-CUAP approval.

How do I enrol?

For 2020, students will enrol in courses under a Certificate of ProficiencyThe standard admission requirements apply depending on the level you want to study at. You also need to make sure that you meet any course specific requirements.

Take the next step

For more information contact our Course Coordinator.

Kay-Lee Jones

Rehua Level 5
Internal Phone: 95840