Bachelor of Education (Primary, Pasifika) (Level 7)
Are you passionate about working with children?
Study with MIT to learn the hands-on skills you need to work as a primary or intermediate school teacher (years 0-8).
You will also develop skills in implementing Māori and Pacific teaching methods.
This programme is suitable for anyone looking to teach in a diverse and multicultural country such as New Zealand. You will graduate with the cultural competency to apply theory and hands-on skills to primary/intermediate education using diverse Pacific world-views.
Along with 21 weeks of block practicum experiences, you will spend two days a week working in a real classroom setting.
Successful completion of this programme will lead to recognised qualified teacher status, and graduates are able to apply for provisional practicing certification with the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand.
|Youth Guarantee (fees-free*)||Not available|
Full-time for 3 years (34 teaching weeks per year), part-time available.
|International fees||NZD$21,700 per year (approx.)|
|Māori and Pasifika Trades Training Scholarship (fees-free*)||Not available|
|Qualification leads to||
Bachelor of Education (Primary, Pasifika) (Level 7)
“This programme will give students an advantage when looking for employment because there is a gap in the market for teachers with cultural competencies. There are some differences in how we teach in bilingual units so they can bring this knowledge and skills along with them.
Students coming in who have an understanding of these cultures and languages will bring a great richness to the schools. There has been a strong call from principals in the South Auckland region for a programme like this.
This programme is geared at Maori and Pasifika learning which is really exciting because there is currently nowhere else for students to learn Pasifika teaching methods. We’re looking forward to integrating student learners into our teaching team for two days a week once the programme kicks-off. They bring a freshness, richness and new ideas to the school.
I recommend this programme for everybody looking for competitive edge when they graduate. They’ll come out of this programme able with the knowledge, skills and ability to teach anywhere.”
Principal – Clendon Park School
"As a mum of 5, Pasifika education means a lot to me. Education is important in our household, so it's crucial for me to have my children be able to see themselves reflected in higher education. My 2 older sons are seniors in high school and for the past 2 years they have been seeing their friends drop out of school. One dropped out only last week.
There's an urgent need for our kids to be able to see more brown faces that look like them, continue onto higher education. Education is the key to opening so many doors. And Pasifika education is vital to both our current and future generations.”
Photos supplied by: Noelle Moa.
Noelle was recommended to us as an artist who would be able to take the concept of the programme and connect it to a visual representation. One of the challenges we faced, which come up through our consultation with key partners was ‘how do we ensure that all prospective learners can see themselves as a good fit for this programme’, knowing that the programme is underpinned by a set of four pacific principles but open to learners of all cultures and backgrounds. Across a period of 6 months and many meetings and hand drawn iterations Noelle was able to capture beautifully the inclusiveness of this programme.
How did you feel when you were asked to complete this piece for the Bachelor of Education Primary Pasifika?
"Oh I was so emotional. I was teary, elated, excited, scared, humbled, grateful and just so committed and determined to fulfil this piece. But above all, I felt absolutely honoured.
What does the artwork represent?
"The artwork is a celebration of the 8 Pasifika nations officially recognised by the Ministry of Education NZ. As well as my own knowledge, I pored over books researching the material culture of each nation; I trawled through the Pacific collections held in various museums; scoured historical documents and drawings held in archives, as well as those made available for public access over the internet.
Education is the key to opening so many doors. And many of those doors unlock a wealth of knowledge about our own Pacific cultures, our history and our peoples. In order to move forward in this world, we have to first learn where we have come from and the journeys, the paths, that our ancestors navigated in getting us here. The artwork, the titi, celebrates and acknowledges those journeys. I hope to represent in this piece, the path that our Māori, Fijian, Cook Islands, Samoan, Tongan, Niuean, Tokelauan and Tuvalu forebears weaved before us."
“The vision and priorities outlined in this programme captures what matters to our Pasifika communities. It sets us on a path to get there by drawing on our unique strengths and continuing to support Pasifika learning success.
The programme will give Pasifika learners access to the best teachers for their needs. It draws on evidence and demonstrated Pasifika expertise to inform how we can move our education system towards equity, excellence, and wellbeing. It will also increase the number of Pasifika teachers, leaders and educational professionals.
My hope is that this programme will mean real change for our Pasifika children, young people and adult learners. It’s about ensuring that the doors to all educational pathways are open and stay open for Pasifika learners to pursue life-long learning.”
Deputy Principal – Finlayson Park School
“This degree is a flagship programme. To my knowledge, there is no teaching qualification in the country that is overtly Pacific – this is something to be celebrated and valued. Graduates will be able to leave this programme knowing how to:
- Champion Pacific learner success in their schools
- View their own identities in relation to Pacific learners
- Connect and engage well with Pacific parent communities
- Be culturally intelligent and be able to achieve best practice with potential.
I was trained as a secondary school teacher, also lectured and tutored at university before moving into vocational education. One of the key quotes that I created that I have kept as a mantra as a teacher and communicator is 'reach before you teach'. It is the hope that this programme will have you well placed and positioned to equip you with tools and the skills to help reach our Pacific learners, before you teach them.
This programme is really special because it was developed in consultation with local schools in the South Auckland community where Te Whare Takiura o Manukau is located. It makes for us to be able to provide learning programmes that is informed by community consultation and the needs of our local schools where our communities live and work.”
Aiono Manu Fa’aea
Senior Pasifika Manager – MIT
Key information for students
Bachelor of Education (Primary, Pasifika)
|Minimum requirements [?] Any minimum or preferred criteria for entry to this qualification.||In order to be admitted to the Bachelor of Education (Primary, Pasifika) programme, applicants must: * Be 18 years of age or older at the start of the programme, and * Satisfy English Language Competency requirements as determined by the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand policy (further detailed on section 6.2 - p. 91-92), and * Meet the requirements as per the Children's Act 2014 prior to gaining entry into the programme; and * Complete an interview with a selection panel of at least two registered teachers, and * Satisfy the minimum diagnostic literacy and numeracy entry assessments marks * An academic panel made up of members of the Schools Programme Committee including the Head of School will approve programme acceptance upon review of all evidence provided. For individuals under 20 years of age, in addition to the above criteria: * Hold UE or a recognised equivalent such as International Baccalaureate or Cambridge International, or * To be able to demonstrate to the satisfaction of the provider that they have the skills and ability to study at tertiary level. Language Competency Requirements: Prior to entry, applicants must demonstrate language competency by providing one of the Teaching Council's approved evidence of language competency, as follows: * New Zealand University Entrance literacy credits at either NCEA level 2 or 3; * New Zealand University Entrance; * New Zealand tertiary entrance qualification gained on completing senior secondary school prior to the introduction of the current University Entrance; * International Baccalaureate full diploma in English medium (24 points minimum). * Cambridge International Examinations minimum of 120 points on the UCAS Tariff plus meeting the CIE literacy requirements; * All primary schooling and at least three years secondary schooling completed in the English language while living in New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, the United Kingdom, the United States|
|Detailed requirements [?] Click here for more information on any additional entry criteria for this qualification.||More information about entry to this qualification|
|Duration [?] The minimum amount of time it takes to complete this qualification.||3 Years|
|Tuition fees||Annual||Total qualification|
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|Government tuition subsidy
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|Compulsory student services fee|
|Student loan information [?] Click here for more information on loans and allowances.||StudyLink|
|Successful course completions [?] The percentage of students who successfully completed courses towards this qualification last year.||N/A|
|National graduate outcomes (3 years after completion)|
|Median earnings [?] The median represents the middle value for all earnings of young graduates who completed a qualification in this subject area at this level nationally. Earnings do not relate specifically to graduates who completed qualifications at this TEO.||$48,144|
|Earnings range [?] The range shows the upper and lower quartile values representing the one quarter point and three quarters point for all earnings of young graduates who completed qualifications in this subject area. Half of all graduates had earnings within this range.||$39,236 - $51,821|
|In employment [?] This percentage relates to young graduates who completed a qualification in this subject area at this level nationally and does not relate specifically to graduates who completed qualifications at this TEO.||83%|
|In further study [?] This percentage relates to young graduates who completed a qualification in this subject area at this level nationally and does not relate specifically to graduates who completed qualifications at this TEO.||13%|
|On a benefit [?] This percentage relates to young graduates who completed a qualification in this subject area at this level nationally and does not relate specifically to graduates who completed qualifications at this TEO.||1%|
|Note: all KIS information is the most recent available relating to domestic students only.
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Information is correct as at February 2021. Programme fees are based on a full-time student and may vary depending on your final selection of courses that make up your programme. To provide you with an indication of costs, the approximate fees quoted in this publication are based on the indicative 2021 fee structure. The indicative programme fees for 2021 do not include the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF). The CSSF is an additional levy to your 2021 programme or course fees. Further information about the CSSF can be found here www.manukau.ac.nz/cssf. Programmes stated as eligible for free study in 2021 are based on the 2020 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2021. All fees are in New Zealand Dollars. You will be advised of the current fees at the time of enrolment. All courses and programmes will proceed subject to numbers and academic approval. Manukau Institute of Technology Limited is accredited under the provisions of the Education Act 1989. International students must study in class and will not be able to enrol for online study options.