This qualification is a 360-credit programme. The programme has eighteen 15-credit courses and three 30-credit courses. Ākonga must gain 360 credits and complete all courses specified. All courses are compulsory, reflecting the specific range of core competencies required by primary teachers.
The programme works in trimesters of 16 weeks. A full-time work load for a trimester is three or four courses (60 credits). Part-time is a minimum of two courses (30 credits). The course is completed through blended learning – a mix of online and face to face sessions. Each course contains two to three assignments, workshops and noho marae visits/stay. Allow approximately 17 hours study commitment per week. WITT and The Open Polytechnic (OPNZ) provide amazing online support for you through iQualify.
Academic entry requirements
To be considered for selection into this programme, applicants must be at least 17 years of age at the time of entry, complete all application forms and satisfy one of the following criteria:
- Hold University Entrance (as defined by NZQA) OR a recognised equivalent such as International Baccalaureate or Cambridge International
Every applicant must go through the selection process. Applicants are required to:
- Provide two confidential referees
- Undertake a written literacy and numeracy test
- Participate in a group exercise
- Participate in an individual interview
- Undergo Police vetting
Further study options
Graduates can progress to the following programmes:
- Graduate Diploma in ECE/Secondary
- Master’s of Education/Teaching and Learning
I am passionate about sharing my knowledge and experiences of working across ECE and primary settings over the last 15 years. I can certainly relate to the challenges of balancing studying, working and parenting that many of our learners face. Knowing I have the ability to shape the new teachers coming into the profession is what has drawn me to this role.