Level 5

Study tertiary teaching (NZCALNE) for free~

Learn the most effective strategies to teach adults essential skills in literacy and numeracy.

Programme highlights

Learn the most effective strategies to teach adults essential skills in literacy and numeracy.

This programme is for anyone who wants to work as a vocational or workplace educator and trainer and is essential for those working with foundation students at levels 1 and 2. You will learn how to tailor your teaching to suit the educational needs of your students.

With blended delivery you can study full-time or part-time so your study can fit around your work and life commitments.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements


Applicants must be currently teaching or have regular access to tertiary teaching or vocational training environments.

Academic criteria

Applicants must hold a nationally recognised Level 4 qualification in any discipline or equivalent (if equivalent, applicants may be required to attend an interview to determine their suitability to study on this level 5 programme).

English language requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English may be required to provide evidence of IELTS (Academic) band score of 5.5 or no band lower than 5.

Safety checking

If working with learners under 18 years of age then applicants will need to meet the requirements of the Vulnerable Children's Act through an attestation from their employer.

Special & discretionary admission

Any ākonga who is 20 years of age or older and has not reached the general admission requirements for their intended programme is eligible for Special Admission. Te Pūkenga works with the ākonga to ensure they are prepared for their intended programme. Any ākonga who is not yet 20 years of age and has not reached the general admission requirements for their intended programme may be eligible for Discretionary Admission. In assessing whether to grant Discretionary Admission, the delegated authority focuses on the applicant’s level of preparedness for their intended programme.

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Programme structure

Programme structure

You will need to complete the below four courses (40 credits):

103.501 The Literacy and Numeracy Journey in Aotearoa (10 credits)

To explore adult literacy and numeracy education in Aotearoa.

103.502 Learner Adult Literacy and Numeracy Assessment Tools (10 credits)

Develop skills in using appropriate adult literacy and numeracy assessment tools within vocational and/or educational settings.

761.506 Celebrating Diversity (10 credits)

Develop an appreciation of the diversity of learners in New Zealand and the importance of cultural competency when applying literacy and numeracy frameworks.

905.525 Learner-Centred Design (10 credits)

To develop learner centred design skills including mapping, embedding and evaluating adult literacy and numeracy processes in a variety of vocational and educational settings.

Do you want to study a single course, without enrolling into the full programme?

Courses within some of our programmes may be offered as an individual Certificate of Proficiency (COP). Programme entry requirements and course fees apply. For more information, please speak to our friendly Ask Me! team.

Careers and pathways

Further training or study

Career opportunities

Graduates of this qualification will have the skills and knowledge for roles such as a vocational or workplace educator and trainer with the ability to embed literacy and numeracy into their programme.

Graduates of this programme can have credit recognized for two courses (Celebrating Diversity and Learner Centred Design) towards the New Zealand Certificate in Adult and Tertiary Teaching (Level 5). For potential salaries visit careers.govt.nz.

~This programme will be free for New Zealand citizens, residents entitled to reside in New Zealand indefinitely, and refugees and protected persons (under the Immigration Act 2009), of all ages, and dependent children of people eligible for the 2021 Resident Visa, that are eligible for tertiary study. Proof of residency status required. Entry criteria apply, and some costs may also apply. Please note, that free fees for the specified programme are only approved for 2024. Fees for 2025 have not yet been confirmed.

Information is correct as at 9 July 2024. 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 2024 fee structure. The indicative programme fees for 2024 do not include the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF). The CSSF is an additional levy to your 2024 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 2024 are based on the 2023 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2024. 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 is part of Te Pūkenga – New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology. Te Pūkenga is accredited under the provisions of the Education and Training Act 2020. International students must study in class and will not be able to enrol for online study options.