TeachNZ - Te Waka Whakarei Career Changer Scholarship

Closing date:
Value of Award: Fees plus $30,000 allowance per year
No. of awards: 90
Tenure: Up to three years

Application Form


TeachNZ scholarships Our scholarships support you on your journey towards being a great teacher. We can cover the cost of your course fees and pay you an allowance throughout the duration of your study.  

It is now open to more people. If you are planning on enrolling, or are already enrolled on, an approved ITE programme - you are eligible for one of our five scholarships. Whether you are a graduate or undergraduate, a school leaver or a career changer, have the passion to teach early learning, primary, secondary or in immersion settings; there are great choices available for you.  

Selection criteria:

  • To be eligible, you are required to: Be changing your career or profession to teaching OR Be an unqualified teacher currently working in a school (such as a Teacher Aide) have a Limited Authority to Teach or a kaiārahi I te reo AND Be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident Be enrolled on, have applied for, or be intending on enrol on an approved qualification Have proficiency in te reo Māori that meets the requirements of your tertiary provider Have support from your iwi and/or Māori leaders in your community AND Applicants who desire to teach in wharekura: have a degree or graduate diploma with specialist secondary subject content at the 300 level in that qualification, for teaching to a senior level Applicants who desire to teach te reo in a secondary setting: have a degree or graduate diploma with at least one 300-level paper in Māori studies, development, language, culture or society.

General Information:

How do students apply?
Applications for the 2020 Te Waka Whakarei Career Changer Scholarship have recently closed You will be able to apply online or by post. There will be three application rounds, to ensure you get the greatest opportunity to apply and the chance to reapply should they be unsuccessful in an earlier round. Please see "Application Form" link below for details on each scholarship.
Application Form

Decision makers
The programme for 2020 is open to more people Apply and find out more at TeachNZ.govt.nz Applications are awarded by an independent panel after each round. As well as judging an application on its merit the panel also consider how an application aligns with the aims of the scholarship programme. The panel will positively weight applicants with Māori and Pacific cultural capabilities and those that intend to teach Science, Technology, Maths, te reo Māori or in ECE and Māori Medium settings. Positive weightings will be flexible and will may change dependent upon teacher supply pressures. We hold cultural competencies, passion and life experience in the same regard as your academic history. Our application form is designed to let you show this off!

How and when do students learn of the decision?
Please be aware, that due to the limited availability of the Te Waka Whakarei Career Changer Scholarship (90) they may all be allocated before the third round. The Te Waka Whakarei Career Changer scholarship supports you to change your career and follow your passion for te reo Māori. The scholarship is designed to assist you on your pathway to teaching In a Māori Medium immersion primary school or kura In a Māori Medium immersion secondary schools or wharekura At a Secondary school; teaching te reo Māori It provides financial assistance so the loss of income you experience while studying is not a barrier to obtaining a teaching qualification. There are options for graduates and undergraduates. If you are proficient in te reo and have a wealth of life experience this could be the scholarship for you. As a Te Waka Whakarei   

What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?
As a Te Waka Whakarei Career Changer Scholar you gain access to: Course fees to study an approved teaching qualification An allowance of $30,000 per year, over the period of your study (limited to three years)  

Additional information
Our Aims The scholarship programme has three roles in contributing to equity and excellent outcomes: It helps enable equitable access to teaching by reducing/minimising significant barriers that some individuals in Aotearoa New Zealand have in entering initial teacher education. It addresses equity by supporting people from the communities who are underserved by the system, to enter the system through initial teacher education. It supports the system to deliver excellent outcomes by getting the right teachers in the right place at the right time. For example, scholarship criteria is weighted to address areas that are experiencing teacher supply pressure such as: specific subjects e.g. Science, Technology, Maths, Te Reo Māori specific sectors e.g. ECE, Primary, Secondary, Māori Medium specific regions or settings e.g. Auckland, Southland, Gisborne/East Coast, rural and isolated schools. We are dedicated to supporting to the revitalization of Te Reo and rewarding our Māori and Pacific leaders of tomorrow.

Who else has information about this award?
Need help? Remember, we're here to help. If you have any questions, you can email us on teachnz.admin@education.govt.nz or call us during business hours on 0800 165 225.  

For guidelines, application forms and more information about this award contact:

Ministry of Education

PO Box 1666 Thorndon

Phone: 0800 165 225

Email: teachnz.admin@education.govt.nz

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