Poutiriako - Certificate in Tertiary Teaching (Level 5)

Do you know your subject inside out and want to transfer that knowledge to other adults? This flexible part-time programme gives you all the skills you need to survive and thrive as a tertiary teacher.

Designed to fit around your existing work commitments, we’ll equip you with the latest teaching strategies to ensure your students enjoy and engage in their learning.

Starting with the "Beginner’s Guide to Tertiary Teaching", this programme focuses on the principles of adult learning and teaching, developing effective learning environments, how to build professional relationships, planning and preparing lessons, and teaching methods and activities.

Content Details

The four courses that make up Poutiriako are:

Course 1: Beginners’ Guide to Tertiary Teaching 

Course 1 must be completed first. You are then able to enrol in any of the other three courses. You will be required to undertake a real teaching or instructional activity to complete the assessment requirements for Course 1.

Course 2: Tertiary Teaching Theory and Practice

The Tertiary Teaching Theory and Practice course looks at pedagogical models and approaches, embedding literacy, effective assessments, external agency perspectives and requirements, catering for cultural diversity and various case studies. This course requires 30 hours of scheduled class time.

Course 3: Tools for Tertiary Teaching

The Tools for Tertiary Teaching course equips teachers with the skills to use interactive classroom technology in the learning and teaching environment and requires 24 hours of class time.

Course 4: The Reflective Practitioner

The Reflective Practitioner course focuses on lesson evaluation and review, managing educational change, teacher inquiry learning, and investigating and developing personal teaching practices – requiring 30 hours of class time. This is an applied course where participants will be teaching the content.

The four courses cover the following topics:

  • Principles of adult learning and teaching
  • Developing effective learning environments
  • Building relationships
  • Planning and preparation
  • Teaching methods and activities
  • Cultural diversity
  • Assessment for learning
  • Pedagogical models and approaches
  • Technology in learning and teaching
  • Evaluation and review
  • Teacher inquiry
  • Investigating and developing own teaching practices


2017 Timetable

3 Jul 2017Part-timeTauranga (Windermere Campus)12 weeks
4 Jul 2017Part-timeTauranga (Windermere Campus)12 weeks
JanuaryPart-timeTauranga (Windermere Campus)12 weeks
AprilPart-timeTauranga (Windermere Campus)12 weeks

Indicative Fees

2017 domestic students $329.00 per course

Course related costs may apply

The fee shown for domestic students is applicable to New Zealand citizens and permanent residents. If an international fee is not listed above please refer to the international fees page. All fees are indicative only and subject to change.

You MAY be eligible for a StudyLink Student Loan for your tuition fees.

Find out if your programme qualifies by visiting the Studylink website.

If you also need to pay course related costs, i.e. if outlined in programme costs above, you need to apply separately to StudyLink (up to $1,000/academic year for eligible students). Note course related costs are paid directly into your bank account by StudyLink and you will be required to pay this to Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology.

Qualifications Gained

Upon successful completion of the programme you will receive:

  • Poutiriako, Certificate in Tertiary Teaching

Career Opportunities

This programme prepares you for teaching in a tertiary education environment.

Entry Criteria

It is expected that:

  • Applicants have at least a part-time teaching position in an adult learning environment, where they can apply and assess strategies in an actual learning and teaching environment.


International applicants for whom English is not their first language will be required to show evidence of language competency, issued within the last two years, before being eligible to enrol in any non-English programme. The level of competency required is outlined in Rule 18 and Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules 2013. And below under the title English Competency.

English Competency

Level 5 certificate or diploma IELTS Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5 or completed NZ Certificate in English Language L4 with the Academic Endorsement or meets a relevant English Proficiency Outcome as outlined in Rule 18 and Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules 2013.

For domestic applicants for whom English is not their first language, evidence of language competency may be required.