Heke Whakaakoranga Kōhungahunga

Diploma in Teaching (Early Childhood)

Turn your passion and existing work in your Kōhanga Reo, puna or early childhood centre into a career as you learn to nurture and develop the Māori world view within our tamariki and mokopuna.

This course is taught in te reo Māori and English.

In this course you are introduced to the foundations of the philosophies of early childhood teaching from a mātauranga Māori perspective. You will gain an appreciation for te reo Māori as you undertake indepth study on the language and its context in early childhood education. Develop and gain the necessary skills to become confident to contribute to the growth and development of a new generation in an early childcare setting.

This is the first year of the degree programme, combined with te reo and iwi and hapū studies, graduates of the heke will be able to fulfil their roles as kaiāwhina, teacher aide or go on to further advanced study with the Poutuarongo Whakaakoranga Kōhungahunga degree programme to become a certified teacher.

TeachNZ have scholarships that support this teaching qualification. See their website for more details https://www.teachnz.govt.nz/scholarships

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Heke Whakaakoranga Kōhungahunga

Diploma in Teaching (Early Childhood)

Code: HWK
Credits: 120
1 year
Level: NZQA Level 5
Delivery: Residential seminars, self directed learning and online delivery
Location: Ōtaki
Mode: Bilingual (Māori/English)
Next Intake: Huringa 1 (14 March 2022)
Entry Requirements: Applicants under the age of 20 must have university entrance (UE) or the equivalent to UE. The literacy, numeracy and ITC competency assessments will be used to ensure that applicants over the age of 20 meet comparable literacy and numeracy requirements as those entering with UE. Applicants will also demonstrate an intermediate to advanced level of te reo Māori and have a strong commitment to progress te reo Māori me ōna tikanga in their teaching practice. Regular internet access, email address and computer or laptop with a working mic and camera are required. For more information on entry requirements see appendix one of the academic regulations.
Tuition Fees: $3,630 (approximately)




  • Year One

    PWKA101 Te Ūkaipō 1
    PWKA102 He Kete Mātauranga 1
    PWKA103 Te Tamaiti me Tōna Taiao 1
    PWKA104 Te Ira Tangata 1


    IWI101 Private Study of One Marae
    IWI102 Private Study of Iwi History


    REO101 Hui Rumaki Reo 1
    REO102 Hui Rumaki Reo 2



Please contact your course administrator (Dolly Rikihana, ext 845) for details.

After Graduation

Ka puta te ihu

  • Teacher aide
  • Childcare support worker
  • Kaiāwhina or Kaitautoko in a learning environment