Graduate Diploma in Māori Language and Pedagogies: Aumiri Pounamu
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 kaitiaki protectors of the land.
This is an ideal programme for you to help support Aotearoa New Zealand's commitment to teaching our tamariki the values, culture, and history of our nation.
The GradDipMLP is open to those who are provisionally certified as teachers, those that hold a subject to confirmation practising certificate, and full practising teachers.
You will need to have completed an Aotearoa New Zealand teacher education degree (or other qualifications of an equivalent standard) to enrol in this programme.
For the full entry requirements, use the admission requirements checker.
How to apply
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.
For information on the enrolment process, please see the School of Teacher Education | Te Kura Whakangungu Kaiako Aumiri Pounamu website.
The GradDipMLP requires 120 points of compulsory courses, which can be completed within 4 years of part-time study, starting in January. These courses are delivered in collaboration with Mātauraka Mahaanui.
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.
For more information on the programme structure, please see the School of Teacher Education | Te Kura Whakangungu Kaiako Aumiri Pounamu website.
This Diploma is particularly suited as preparation for the Master of Education endorsed in Hōaka Pounamu: Te Reo Māori Bilingual and Immersion Teaching.
UC offers a number of postgraduate degrees for practising teachers to research and critique contemporary education practices, theories, and policies.
- Postgraduate Certificate in Arts in Education
- Postgraduate Certificate in Education
- Postgraduate Diploma in Arts in Education
- Postgraduate Diploma in Education
- Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning
- Master of Arts in Education
- Master of Arts (Thesis) in Education
- Master of Education
- Master of Teaching and Learning
- Doctor of Education
- Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Education
You may also consider further developing your te reo competency or Māori knowledge:
- Postgraduate Certificate in Arts in Te Reo Māori or Māori and Indigenous Studies
- Postgraduate Certificate in Māori and Indigenous Leadership
- Postgraduate Certificate in Te Reo Māori
- Postgraduate Diploma in Arts in Te Reo Māori or Māori and Indigenous Studies
- Postgraduate Diploma in Te Reo Māori
- Master of Arts in Te Reo Māori or Māori and Indigenous Studies
- Master of Arts (Thesis) in Te Reo Māori or Māori and Indigenous Studies
- Master of Māori and Indigenous Leadership
- Master of Te Reo Māori
- Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Te Reo Maori or Māori and Indigenous Studies
The Diploma will improve your teaching capabilities by strengthening your worldviews, language ability, and cultural awareness. You will be able to bring this sense of kotahitanga unity to your teaching style and create a whānau community atmosphere within your classroom.
Our government has announced initiatives to teach Aotearoa New Zealand history in schools by 2022, and to integrate te reo Māori studies by 2025. Graduates of this Certificate will be well prepared to meet this need, and will find themselves highly employable as a result.
An ability to teach both to and of indigenous cultures will also prepare you for careers internationally in countries looking to further embrace their own cultural histories.
- Read what other UC postgraduate students have gone on to achieve in their studies and careers in our student and graduate profiles.
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For course advice contact the College of Education, Health and Human Development:
College of Education, Health and Human Development | Te Rāngai Ako me te Hauora
University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha
Private Bag 4800