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Bachelor of Education – Teaching (Tapiri)

Te Tohu Paetahi Ako

Bachelor of Education – Teaching (Tapiri)

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This programme will not be offered in 2019.

This programme provides NZ Teachers Council-accredited and approved study for principals and teachers who work with children in Māori medium or mainstream schools, early childcare or kōhanga reo, and those with aspirations to improve their qualifications and undertake professional development. This programme leads to a qualification that gives principals and teachers the opportunity to be more equitably represented in tertiary education, professional occupations and in decision-making positions in education. While education is the focus of this programme, it is also an opportunity for participants to review the development and direction of their careers.

1 Year/s
Te Tai Tokerau, Whakatāne
Start Date: 
This programme will not be offered in 2019.
Intake Details :

Te Tohu Paetahi Ako (Tapiri) is delivered in blocks during the year – January, April, July and October in the school term breaks. Mixed mode and multi-site delivery make this programme very accessible.

Delivery Mode:
Mixed Mode
Total Fee for 2019:

N.B. The above fee does not include the administration levy. For more information regarding fees, please see our fees page.


Entry is open to applicants who meet the following requirements:

Minimum Age: 
18 years
Minimum Qualification/s: 

Student entry is open to applicants who:

  • Have completed a Level 7 New Zealand Diploma in Teaching recognised by the New Zealand Teachers Council or Trained Teachers Certificate (or New Zealand Qualifications Authority and NZ Teachers Council recognised equivalent).
Additional Qualifications:

Students wishing to enrol in the Bachelor of Education – Teaching (Tapiri):

  • Must provide evidence of their ability to successfully pursue and complete a Bachelor degree;
  • Be currently registered as a teacher in New Zealand; and
  • Have been a practising teacher or teacher educator in New Zealand for at least two of the last five years.
Special Entry Requirements:

Students who do not meet these criteria, but have special circumstances that warrant further consideration, may be considered for admission through an interview and assessment process at the discretion of the Head of the School of Undergraduate Studies.

Further Study:

Tertiary study at Postgraduate level:

  • Master of Indigenous Studies;
  • Master of Māori Studies.
Career Opportunities:
Decision-Making Positions in Education, Education, Professional Occupations, Tertiary Education
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