Micro-credentials - Secondary Teacher Career Pathways

The PPTA Learning and Development Centre, in partnership with Te Herenga Waka Victoria University of Wellington, is developing and running professional learning courses aimed at supporting schools to build capability across the sector in the form of micro-credentials.

Effective mentoring practices for secondary teachers in Aotearoa

Working collaboratively and building leadership capability

Coming soon – Contemporary classroom practices for a New Zealand context 


What is a micro-credential?

Micro-credentials are short courses that allow students to acquire industry-relevant skills and customise career development.

Our micro-credentials are delivered using a blended format, with components including:

  • A dedicated online learning portal with access to readings, videos and self-reflection resources
  • Facilitated webinar sessions to explore each topic in depth
  • A one-day face-to-face hui

The content has been co-designed by subject matter experts using practical skills and knowledge that can be applied and assessed within a professional context.

Each course will be delivered as a 50 hour (5 point) micro-credential, over one school term. The learning has been designed to be recognised in a way that is valuable and can be leveraged to progress future professional learning. The narrow focus of a micro-credential course makes it an ideal addition to your any study commitments. 



Micro-credential 1: Effective mentoring practices for secondary teachers in Aotearoa


Ngā tikanga whakaaweawe a te kaiārahi mō ngā kaiako kura tuarua ki Aotearoa

Kua whakawhanake a PPTA me Te Herenga Waka i tētahi akoranga mātanga ako hei tautoko i ngā kura ki te whakapiki i te kaha puta noa i te rāngai mā ngā whakaakoranga kaiārahi.

He maha ngā tūranga kaiako e hāngai ana ki te whakaako i ngā hoamahi, i ngā tauira rānei, ā, kua whakaahuatia tā mātou akoranga e taea ai ngā kaiako te ako i ngā pūkenga me ngā āheitanga e hiahia ana rātou kia puta hei kaiārahi.

Ka arotahi tēnei akoranga ki te horopaki o Aotearoa, ā, ka tuitui anō hoki te mātauranga Māori ki tēnei akoranga me ngā tikanga e tika ana, mā te ipurangi, mā te kanohi-ki-te-kanohi rānei.

Effective mentoring practices for secondary teachers in Aotearoa

Many teacher roles involve mentoring colleagues and/or students. Our course is designed to provide an accessible way for teachers to learn the skills and capabilities they need to be effective mentors.

The course has a specific focus on mentoring in the context of Aotearoa: lessons draw upon Matauranga Māori, and appropriate tikanga used in both online and face-to-face interactions.

Topics covered include:

  • What is mentoring and why do we need it?
  • Effective mentoring approaches, strategies & capabilities
  • The impact of context on mentoring
  • Mentoring in practice
  • Setting up a mentoring programme

A key outcome of this course is enabling schools to establish a high-quality mentoring programme of their own.

Enrollment is open on the VUW course page.


Micro-credential 2: Working collaboratively and building leadership capability


This micro-credential is designed for middle and aspiring secondary school leaders.

The programme covers:

  • Characteristics of leadership
  • Personal identity – you as a leader
  • Collective leadership
  • Indigenous leadership frameworks, with a focus on Māori & Pasifika leadership
  • Developing leadership in others
  • Personal leadership opportunities
  • Wellbeing as a leader
  • Difficult conversations

This micro-credential course will be taught over term 3 of 2023 and will include:

  • One face-to-face workshop day for all participants in Wellington
  • Three 1.5 hour online webinars (after school from 4pm to 5.30pm)
  • Self-paced learning within a dedicated online learning platform
  • Three assessment tasks including reflections and an online presentation

This will culminate in approximately 30 hours of self-paced learning and 10.5 hours of in-person and live online learning. This course will be taught over term 3 of 2023.

You can register your interest in this programme on the VUW course page or by emailing VUW Education Programme Manager Elizabeth Craker.


Coming soon – Contemporary classroom practices for a New Zealand context

We are currently in the process of designing this 5-point micro-credential and will be running a pilot programme in Term 1 of 2024.

You may register your interest in this pilot, or request further information on course enrolment for 2024, by emailing VUW Education Programme Manager Elizabeth Craker.

Please note that registering your interest does not guarantee you a place but will ensure you are updated when places in this course become available for enrolment – likely to be in late October 2023.

Last modified on Thursday, 7 September 2023 18:57