Te Ao Māori For Educators Course: FAQs

In this article, we'll cover some of the frequently asked questions from teachers around our Te Ao Māori for Educators course.

Kete Kōrero – Course Learning Modules

This course comprises of several Kete Kōrero or Kits of Knowledge. Within each Kete Kōrero is a dedicated selection of Muka (learning modules) with a range of topic specific akoranga (lessons) covering and unpacking essential language and cultural lessons.

Each Kete Kōrero contains vocabulary, comprehension, writing and speaking activities. They are broken up into scaffolded blocks so that they are appropriate for beginner and intermediate level learners, without the need for an expert in Te Reo Māori to guide them.

  • Kete 01: He Whakamahuki - Teacher Information
  • Kete 02: Te Whakahuatanga - Pronunciation
  • Kete 03: Ka Rewa te Waka - The Journey Begins
  • Kete 04: Mihimihi - Speeches of Greeting & Interrelationships
  • Kete 05: Te Reo o te Akomanga - Useful Language for the Classroom
  • Kete 06: Pōwhiri & Mihi Whakatau - Formal & Informal Encounters
  • Kete 07:  Tāhuhu Kõrero - NZ History
  • Kete 08: Wetereo - Grammar 
  • Kete 09: He Kīwaha, he Whakataukī - Idioms & Proverbs
  • Kete 10: He Kai Rangatira Anō - Optional Lessons

Note: Learning material is constantly being revised & updated (based on feedback & needs).

Sign up

Sign up information (including pricing) can be found on our website here.

Alternatively, contact us to chat about your team's requirements.

Getting Started

  1. Once registration and enrolment are complete, participants will be issued with account credentials. 
  2. Participants will log in to the EP platform using their student account credentials.
    1. You can also log in via our app EP Student - available for free download on your Apple or Android mobile device.

To ensure progress is counted towards your Certificate of Completion for the course, you must be using your EP Student Account to complete the work.If you have a Teachers Account with us, you will need to log out of this account and log back in using the student account details provided to you when you enrol. You'll need to log back into your Teachers' Account to use EP with your students as normal.

  1. Once logged in, participants are prompted to set a secure passwords.
  2. Next, click on the Māori subject tile and then Browse all content.

    māori tile on student dashboard
    Browse all content
  3. Here, participants will find the course folders which will house scaffolded, topic-specific lessons. Start learning by accessing the 1. Start your journey HERE lesson within the Kete 01 folder.

    image showing Kete 01 in the content library
    start your journey here lesson within Kete 01
  4. Following the completion of the short onboarding lesson inside, participants can work through the lessons in each of the folders. We recommend following the order of the lessons as they are laid out, as work becomes more complex as lessons are completed, however, you are welcome to browse and complete lessons in any order of interest if you wish.

Course completion

In order for participants to complete the Te Ao Māori for Educators course and receive their certificates, they'll need to complete all Smart Lessons (identified with a yellow icon) in each folder to 100% (they'll see a green tick).

What do I do when I've finished the course? 

First, double check and ensure you have completed all Smart Lessons in each kete (module) within the course (indicated by a green tick located to the right of each lesson). Your certificate will be issued to you automatically at the beginning of the following week if all requirements have been met. 

There are 3 levels of Achievement for this Taumata 1 course, they are:

  • Achieved (1 Star rating) 60% of course material
  • Achieved (2 Star rating) 80% of course material
  • Achieved (3 Star rating) <90% of course material

Each achievement level has its own certificate outlining the above as well as a general overview of the learning material covered by the teacher. Teachers will receive an updated certificate at each threshold.

If you have any questions regarding certification, please reach out to our team.


Why do I need a separate student learner account?

The Te Ao Māori for Educators course is a unique course that's offered to educators through a secure student portal. An EP student account is required to track and verify the progress of participants.

If you have an EP Teacher account with us, a reminder that you'll need to first log out of that account and log in with your Te Ao Māori Student account to complete this course.

How do I know I've completed a particular Smart Lesson?

As you work through a Smart Lesson, a percentage marker will appear to the right of that lesson. Once you have completed that lesson to its full requirements, a green tick will appear as illustrated below.

content library showing completion tick

In addition to the compulsory Smart Lessons (identified by the yellow icons), participants can extend their learning by engaging in the optional Vocabulary lessons (identified by a blue icon) which allow users to access five unique Learning Modes to refine their Māori language recall, pronunciation, speaking and listening skills.

optional extension example in folders

Once a participant has completed all requirements of the course (all Smart Lessons in all folders), efforts will be acknowledged and verified with a certificate. These certificates can then be used as evidence of professional development in this area.

Can a staff member at our school facilitate the course for us?

Yes! A teacher from your kura can be assigned as a facilitator, but this is not a requirement. 

If the option of using an in-school facilitator is chosen, they will be able to check staff progress, assign tasks to their colleagues from the Te Ao Māori course and also reset passwords for their team, if needed. Course facilitators can find more information here.

What levels does this course cover? 

This course has been developed for beginner to intermediate learners of Te Reo Māori, general Tikanga, and an intro to Aotearoa New Zealand Histories.

It ranges from Te Whakahuatanga (Pronunciation) through to more complex rerenga kōrero (sentence structures) using primary tense markers, common verbs, nouns and adjectives. 

It also includes a variety of figurative language and a selection of intermediate to advanced learning material for participants looking for extension. 

Learning material is constantly being revised & updated with new material added (based on demand) when it becomes available.

Do I need to complete the lessons in the course marked as ‘Optional’? 

No. These lessons are purely there as an extension or additional challenge once you have completed the core requirements of the course. The majority of optional lessons reside in Kete 10.

Who wrote the content? 

The majority of the content for our Te Ao Māori courses has been written and produced by our Head of Kaupapa Māori, Te Rau Winterburn and Te Awe Davis our Māori Strategy Implementation lead. 

Te Rau is a Primary trained level 1 immersion teacher and has over 15 years of experience working in Māori-medium settings from Primary through to University & Wānanga levels. Te Rau is of Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga, Ngāi Tahu and Ngāti Kahungunu descent. 

Te Awe Davis is also trained in Māori Medium Education, teaching and sharing mātauranga Māori within ECE centres through to Primary, Secondary and Tertiary education spaces. Te Awe is of Ngāti Hine, Ngāti Manu and Ngāti Kahungunu decent.

How many educators have participated in this course?

Over 7,000 educators have participated in the EP Te Ao Māori for Educators course to date, with new teachers and staff around the country enrolling weekly. 

Please reach out to our Support team if you have any further questions about this course.

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