Aumiri Pounamu

Pounamu and fern

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

This exciting initiative provides 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.

There are flexible options to suit working kaiako teachers, including noho marae experiences, day wānanga, and night classes.

Qualifications

The Graduate Diploma in Māori and Language Pedagogies: Aumiri Pounamu (GradDipMLP) provides provisionally certified and practising kaiako teachers with the confidence to be educators of te ao Māori.

Our programme will help guide you to embed Māori knowledge and culture into your teaching at early, primary, and secondary schools. This includes te reo, tikanga Māori traditional culture, Aotearoa New Zealand history, and mātauranga Māori worldviews, such as sustainability and our role as kaitiakitanga protectors of the land.

The GradDipMLP requires 120 points of compulsory courses, which can be completed within 4 years of part-time study, starting in January. 

There are flexible options to suit working kaiako teachers, including noho marae experiences, day wānanga, and night classes.

Students who are unable to complete all of the requirements on the Diploma can apply to the Dean of Education and Health Sciences to transfer their completed courses to the Certificate in Maori and Language Pedagogies: Aumiri Pounamu.

Compulsory courses

The Certificate in Māori and Language Pedagogies: Aumiri Pounamu (CertMLP) gives our future and practising kaiako teachers the opportunity to develop their knowledge and confidence introducing our tamariki to the history, culture, and language of our indigenous communities.

This is valuable professional development for teachers who want to be mentors or leaders in Māori education within their centres, schools, or learning spaces, and beyond.

The CertMLP is a total of 60 points, made up by a 15-point compulsory course in introductory te reo proficiency, and a minimum of 45 points in elective courses. 

Study begins in January, and is completed part-time within 2 years to accommodate working kaiako teachers, including noho marae experiences, day wānanga, and night classes.

Students may also apply to the Dean of Education and Health Sciences to transfer their completed courses to the Graduate Diploma in Māori and Language Pedagogies: Aumiri Pounamu.

Compulsory course

Elective courses

Choose a minimum of 45 points from the following:

What are the courses?

The 2021 programme offers a group of part-time courses that are either term-based or run for a semester (half year). These are bilingually delivered classes.

CourseDatesDescription
EDMI311 Whakapiki i te reo 8 February – 2 May 2021
(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.
EDMI312 Matauraka Māori 3 May – 20 June 2021
(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.
EDMI313 Te Marau a-iwi 23 August – 26 September 2021 
(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.
EDMI314 Te Pātaka Reo o Tahu 6 September – 7 November 2021 
(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.
EDMI315 Kaupapa Māori Pedagogies 22 February – 27 June 2021 
(Semester One)
Kaupapa Māori pedagogies will explore indigenous ways of being, doing, thinking and transferring knowledge. This course will aid in understanding traditional Māori pedagogies, purakau and histories in order to approriately embed aspects of these traditional methods in our contemporary teaching and learning programmes. 
EDMI316 Whakapiki i te reo 2 22 February – 27 June 2021 
(Semester One)
Whakapiki i te reo 2 aims to increase the level of proficiency of kaiako in te reo Māori and will provide a wide range of conversational, contextual and academic language opportunties. Kaiako will be able to demonstrate an advanced understanding of te reo Māori me nga tikanga-a-iwi applicable to a variety of learning contexts, and informal contacts with whanau and community. The aim of the course is to increase the depth of knowledge and skill in spoken Māori language and also communicative teaching of Māori language. Students will have a greater understanding of matauranga Māori and tikanga Māori through the teaching and learning of te reo Māori. Knowledge of dialect and matauranga of the mana whenua will be threaded into this course. This course continues the study of the structure of the language and extends speaking skills and confidence. This will be taught predominantly in te reo Māori.
EDMI317 Rangahau Māori 19 July – 14 November  2021 
(Semester Two)
The Rangahau Māori, special interest paper encourages akonga to investigate a facet of tikanga Māori, te reo Māori or te ao Māori that they have a passion for or special interest in. This research paper empowers akonga to learn about kaupapa Māori theories and methodologies and embed these in their research. The delivery of this paper will be mostly self-directed, although two wananga (2x block days) will be a part of the course so that individual guidance and support can be offered to akonga pertaining to their research area.

 

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.

How are the courses delivered?

The courses are 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.

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 ule any potential kaiako out, it is just to gauge reo capacity (this can be discussed with the programme coordinator).

How do I enrol?

You can apply online at myUC. Find out more about how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.

There will also be a hui with the Programme Coordinator as part of your application to assess your current level of te reo competency and ascertain the support you will need during study.

Take the next step

For more information contact our Course Coordinator.

Kay-Lee Jones

Lecturer
Rehua Level 5
Internal Phone: 95840