Professional Development for Teachers

In the constantly changing environment of the education sector, it is important for those working in the field to be engaged in professional development opportunities.

We are currently offering a selection of courses that enhance bicultural understandings from our Bachelor of Education (Teaching) qualification

These courses place people at the heart of educational practices, and encourages learners to draw on their own self-knowledge from their engagement with other people and the world. Time is spent increasing te reo Māori fluency and overall understandings of tikanga.

A combination of two courses leads to a Certificate of Proficiency. A cost effective option is engaging with these courses without achieving formal credit for them. This means for a lesser price students can have access to the content and teaching without receiving formal credit upon completion.

Bicultural Relationships

Semester Two 2022 | 17 July-18 Nov  
Fridays 9am-3pm
One Overnight Noho Marae

People of all cultures draw their own self-knowledge from their engagement with other people and the world. In the Aotearoa New Zealand context this means an honouring of the covenantal spirit of the Treaty of Waitangi and an awareness of its relational intent.
This course introduces tikanga Māori on the basis of understanding people in their contexts, and combines theological, theoretical and historical reflection with the development of practices drawn from an integration of these. It includes regular oral activities to develop fluency in te reo and tikanga in a range of settings. The culmination of this oral learning is participation in the Noho Marae, where an overnight stay on a marae provides an integrated opportunity to engage with Māori culture beyond the classroom.

Key Skills

  • This course would be excellent for any teacher who is focused on developing their proficiency in te reo me ona tikanga Māori.
  • Based in the stories and localities of the particular place it is offered (Auckland or Christchurch).
  • Allows teachers to genuinely explore and grow into their understanding of what it means to be a teacher who is enacting te tiriti.
  • Develop, learn and deliver in context a mihimihi and pepehā and receive weekly tutoring in te reo Māori that relates to the classroom context.
  • A theological, Christian perspective is offered, and you’ll be asked to articulate what this means for you in your context.
  • The noho marae provides a genuine way to think about education from a mātauranga Māori perspective.
  • Develop your confidence in the story of this whenua, your te reo Māori and your ability to engage deeply with their role in our ongoing story.

People and Place

Semester Two 2022 | 17 July-18 Nov
Three Block Courses:
28-29 July, 25-26 Aug, 15-16 Sept
Thursday and Friday, 9.30am–3.30pm
Tutorials: 4 Aug, 29 Aug, 22 Sept. 1-4pm   

This course explores pedagogies and practices for teaching the Social Sciences, beginning with the history and geography of Aotearoa New Zealand. It reflects on interconnections between local and global communities in the areas of culture and identity, place and environment, continuity and change and the economic world. Conceptual understandings and approaches such as social inquiry are investigated. Take the opportunity to design quality learning experiences in the social sciences for diverse learners.

Key Skills
This course focuses on planning units of work that are embedded in the stories of people and place related to our local area. Space is given to the new history curriculum and its content for those teaching in primary classrooms.

These papers can be taken for credit towards a Certificate of Proficiency. Upon successful completion of the course, the student is awarded a final grade and credited with the course.

For NZQA Credit $796.50 per 15-credit course + $60 student services fee.
Without NZQA Credit $243.75 per 15-credit course

To find out more or to apply please email Amanda Perry, Head of Education. [email protected]