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Postgraduate Diploma in Education Endorsed in Hoaka Pounamu: Te Reo Maori Bilingual and Immersion Teaching

This course is available


Level of Study

Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma


1 year

Next start date

Expected Jul 2023


University of Canterbury


The Postgraduate Diploma in Education is designed to provide opportunities to improve professional practice and examine critically significant issues in education.

The Hoaka Pounamu: Bilingual and Immersion Teaching endorsement aims to develop high quality graduates who will promote leadership and raise the knowledge of te reo Maori in bilingual, immersion and mainstream settings.

Hoaka Pounamu is designed to extend teachers on the use of te reo Maori in the classroom. It is ideal for early childhood, primary and secondary teachers who are teaching te reo Maori in mainstream, bilingual and immersion settings and who want to gain an academic qualification whilst upskilling their te reo Maori and teaching skills. Applicants may be Maori teachers, teachers of te reo Maori, teachers responsible for Maori in schools, Resource Teachers of Maori, or Resource Teachers of Learning and Behaviour who work with Maori children and/or families. People who meet the possible criteria below may also apply – the programme is not restricted to practising teachers

  • EDEM 649 Te Tiriti o Waitangi i te Ao Matauranga
  • EDEM 656 Tikanga and Rautaki Whakaako Reo
  • EDEM 657 Whakaora Reo-Language Revitalisation
  • EDEM 658 Matauranga Maori Hei Marautanga

Further study

Students may proceed to the Master of Education. UC also offers a Doctor of Philosophy and a Doctor of Education.

Career opportunities

Postgraduate study can bring many career benefits eg, specialist skills and enhanced knowledge, possible into specific occupations, higher starting salary/progression rates, research capability/achievement and evidence of high academic attainment/self-discipline.

Entry criteria

You must be approved for enrolment to the PGDipEd with one of the following:

  • any appropriate bachelor's degree from Aotearoa New Zealand with a major in Education, Psychology, or a related subject; or

any bachelor's degree from Aotearoa, and either;

  • successfully completed a recognised teacher training course of not less than one year at an Aotearoa New Zealand college of education or university; or
  • acquired experience as a teacher, educator, or counsellor in a recognised workplace or community setting; or
  • completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Education; or

other qualifications of an equivalent standard.

The relevance and standard of undergraduate studies, and any subsequent professional work experience, are the main criteria of approval. Students will normally be expected to have at least a B Grade Point Average in their 300-level courses.

Applicants must also satisfy our English language entry requirements:

  • IELTS (Academic): Minimum overall score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in reading, writing, listening and speaking.
  • TOEFL (IBT): Minimum overall score of 90, with a minimum score of 19 in Reading, Listening and Writing.
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English - Academic): Overall score of 58 and no communicative skills score below 50.

Application deadline: At least 6 months before the planned start date.

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