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Te Aho Tātairangi: Bachelor of Teaching and Learning Kura kaupapa Māori

Key facts

  • Available via Distance Learning
  • One intake at the start of each year
  • 3 years of full-time study
  • Not available for international students

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Entry requirements

To obtain a place within a teacher education programme you must be selected, gain entry into the University and gain admission to the programme. Entry requirements are detailed in the regulations.

In addition to the selection criteria outlined below, before enrolment in the Te Aho Tātairangi: Bachelor of Teaching and Learning Kura Kaupapa Māori you will need to have:

  • met the standard criteria for entry to University;
  • demonstrated a high level of competency in Te Reo Māori me ona tikanga;
  • demonstrated competence in literacy and numeracy (including but not limited to English) and;
  • met the requirements set down by the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand for registration as a teacher in New Zealand in terms of good character and fitness to be a teacher.

Potential students for this programme are required to have fluency in Te Reo Māori such that they can sustain learning in a total immersion Māori environment.

Application Process

To begin an initial teacher education programme you must first apply through the student homepage or by clicking on the Apply Now button. There is only one intake at the start of each year, but applications are open throughout the year for future intakes. Applications close on 10 December each year. Late applications may be considered subject to available places and complete documentation.

What documents do you need to supply to support your application?

  • A copy of your academic transcript/s.
  • A School/tertiary institution confidential report, if you are still at school.
  • A completed Te Kura Hāpai form. You are required to ask a Kura Kaupapa Māori that is a member of Te Rūnanga nui o ngā Kura Kaupapa Māori o Aotearoa to act as a Kura Hāpai for you. The role of the Kura Hapai is to embrace, support and encourage you in your journey to complete your study.
  • A supporting statement - please supply a statement on why you chose this programme. List any personal characteristics you have that might strengthen your application.
  • A consent to disclosure of information for a New Zealand Police check - including two pieces of verified identification (one of which must be photographic). See more details below about safety checks.
  • A copy of a police report from every overseas country you have lived in for more than 12 months in the last 10 years. Please do not supply originals as these will need to be supplied to the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand at a later date.
  • A health and disability declaration - if you have any short or long-term disability (including learning disability), impairment, injury or health issue. If you disclose any disability, health or personal information as part of your application, this will be assessed during the selection process and is confidential to the University staff processing your application.
  • Contact details of two referees. We require two people who can act as referees for you and who are able to provide informed responses on your personal suitability for the programme. A referee should be someone who has known you for one year or more in the capacity of employer, educator, work colleague or person of community standing, ie Kaumatua, Minister or similar. Your referee should not be a friend, flatmate, relative or someone who has not known you for at least a year. The information your referee supplies via telephone/skype/zoom is confidential to those involved in the selection process.

All documentation needs to be provided prior to the closing date for applications.

Safety checks and disclosure of criminal convictions

All applicants are required to undergo a number of safety checks. This includes police vetting (including confirmation of identity) and further checks required under the Vulnerable Children Act 2014, Vulnerable Children Regulations 2015 and the Children’s Action Plan. You will be required to permit the College to ask the New Zealand Police to disclose any information held on the Police record system.

The Selection Process

All initial teacher education programmes at Massey University require students to be selected into the programme. The first part of the selection process involves assessment by academic staff within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

If the selection committee feel you potentially meet the 'fit character' and 'fit to be a teacher' criteria, you may be invited to an interview. This is the second part of the selection process.

Interviews for the Te Aho Tatairangi programme will be conducted in Māori and on the marae if requested by the applicant. Potential students for this programme are required to have fluency in Te Reo Māori such that they can sustain learning in a total immersion Māori environment. The interview undertaken by College staff focuses on the following criteria:

  • Disposition for Teaching
  • Communication Skills
  • Achievement and Potential for Professional Full Time Study
  • Awareness of Teaching and Learning in Aotearoa New Zealand
  • School/Work/Community Involvement
  • Interests and Life Experiences

As part of the selection process, you may be asked to complete any of the selected tests as follows:

  1. A sample from the NCEA 3 Te Reo Rangatira - panui and tuhituhi external examination, and/or;
  2. A reo Māori test based on a Massey University 100-level (first year) examination to determine your ability to study at Level 5, and/or;
  3. A maths test based on the NCEA Mathematics Level 1 examinations.

You will be advised if you are required to sit any of the above tests, when you receive notification of your interview.

If the interview panel is satisfied that you are a suitable candidate for the Te Aho Tatairangi programme and you meet the entry and admission criteria into the University you will be sent an Offer of Place.

Once you have accepted your Offer of Place you can apply for courses if the enrolment year is open. If your application for enrolment in your courses is approved you will receive an Offer of Enrolment notification which you will need to accept. The Offer of Enrolment will contain information about fees and may have conditions on it. Once you accept your Offer of Enrolment you will be enrolled and will receive a Confirmation of Enrolment notification if you have no outstanding conditions ie pending NCEA results.

If you are not offered a place in the programme of your choice, you may like to get in touch with our Contact Centre to discuss other qualifications.

Important Dates

Selected Entry application deadline: 20 January 2020

Please visit the TeachNZ website for closing dates for the Māori Medium and Te Reo Māori Scholarships.

For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.

Credits and prior learning

Students who have completed previous tertiary studies may have these assessed for credit towards the Te Aho Tātairangi, as part of the enrolment process. There is an application fee for processing the credit.

Please note that due to the specialised nature of this qualification and as different institutions conduct their programmes in different ways, courses are not always transferable from one to another.

Planning your programme

To find out how to plan your study and/or see what courses are necessary to complete your programme, please check the regulations. It will display the regulatory information for the programme you have selected.

If you would like to find out more about individual course requirements, please use our Course search.


A distinctive feature of this degree is that courses are taught using the medium of the Māori language through which students are expected to participate in this language.

The teaching and delivery of all the courses will reflect Te Aho Matua.

All courses will be delivered online and in face to face mode, although there will be opportunities for students themselves to experiment with a variety of teaching modes, including the use of computers in the curriculum.

Study from Overseas

Whilst this programme is offered via distance learning, we do require that you are in New Zealand for the entire duration. The programme and Practicum Placements within it are relevant to the NZ curriculum (as it is New Zealand teacher registration that is the ultimate goal) and hence must be done within New Zealand.

Also, as practical and theoretical courses are intertwined you cannot do the theory/pedagogy courses first and then return to do the practical courses at a later date. Without full access to the New Zealand curriculum you would also be hugely disadvantaged in your assignments.


Teaching practice is a compulsory component of the degree, and students will be placed in Kura Kaupapa Te Aho Matua, immersion classrooms for the same hours as teachers work, ie approximately 8.00am - 5:00pm daily.  Students will be required to pass all teaching practice components of the programme and associated course work. Students may be required to travel for up to an hour each way during Student Practicum. Travel for practica is the responsibility of the student teacher.

2020 Practicum and Compulsory Wānanga Dates (to be confirmed)

Wānanga 1: Monday 27 January – Friday 31 January (Pohiri for new Year 1 students on Sunday 26 January)
Wānanga 2: Sunday 12 July – Friday 17 July
Wānanga 3: Sunday 04 October – Friday 09 October

Practicum 1: Monday 20 July – Friday 07 August
Practicum 2: Monday 7 September – Friday 25 September

Te Aho Tātairangi: Bachelor of Teaching and Learning Kura kaupapa Māori structure

The Te Aho Tātairangi: Bachelor of Teaching and Learning Kura Kaupapa Māori programme aims to graduate prospective teachers who:

  • are well informed, skilled and reflective beginning teachers
  • are committed to the philosophy of Te Aho Matua
  • are able to develop the full potential of all children, with a special focus on Kura Kaupapa Māori, Rumaki Reo and promoting Māori in primary education
  • meet standards of fluency in the Māori language necessary for total immersion teaching
  • are equipped with language acquisition methodologies and techniques which enable them to be effective practitioners
  • are knowledgeable in Tikanga Māori
  • have a practising knowledge of:
    1. Māori preferred pedagogy
    2. the relationship of the New Zealand Curriculum to the learning needs of Māori children
    3. research development and assessment issues and can engage in effective teaching practice in a range of immersion contexts with a sense of professionalism
  • have successfully completed a sequential programme which establishes a sound foundation for postgraduate study.

In order to progress from Part One to Part Two, or Part Two to Part Three a candidate must have passed all courses in the preceding Part.

These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates


The Te Aho Tātairangi: Bachelor of Teaching and Learning Kura Kaupapa Māori degree, is a three-year, full-time (360 credit) prescribed programme of study.

Year 1

268.107 Te Taiao o Te Aho Matua
268.110 Te Hā
268.120 Tikanga Pāngarau I
268.121 Te Kupu Tā I
268.130 Te Irarua
268.131 Te Marautanga I o Te Aho Matua
300.111 Te Reo Konakinaki

Year 2

268.207 Te Taiao  o Te Aho Matua  II
268.211 Te Tiringa
268.220 Tikanga Pāngarau II
268.222 Te Kupu Tā II
268.240 Te Ira Tangata
268.241 Te Marautanga o Te Aho Matua II
300.211 Te Reo Whakanakonako

Year 3

268.307 Te Taiao  o Te Aho Matua III
268.310 Te Puanga
268.320 Tikanga Pāngarau III
268.322 Te Kupu Tā III
268.340 Te Tino Uaratanga
268.341 Te Marautanga o Te Aho Matua  III
300.311 Te Papa o Te Reo

How much will it cost?

We can't tell you the exact cost until you have chosen your courses, as the tuition fees you pay each year vary depending on the courses you choose. There will also be compulsory non-tuition fees you have to pay in addition to your tuition fees. For some courses there may be other charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

To get an approximate idea of tuition costs for typical study areas, you can use our quick guide to programme fees.

Already know which courses you're going to choose?

If you already know which courses you are going to take, you can use our Fees calculator to get an estimate of your fees.

Financial assistance

You might be eligible to apply for a scholarship or award. You can use our scholarship search to see what is available. You may also be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.

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