Senior Leadership Team (SLT) Intake

Location & Time:

No intakes at the moment.

You will explore:

  • The application of leadership theories, styles and attributes of the modern Principal
  • How to use a range of digital and collaborative tools to nurture 21st Century skills in your staff and students
  • How and why critical reflection on your professional practice is crucial, as well as exchanging ideas with peers in our online community
  • Topics of your choice, that relate to digital and collaborative learning, and how to transform this knowledge into a plan for the future

Innovative Blended Learning

The 32-week part-time Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Practice (Digital & Collaborative Learning) is an innovative blended learning programme in two stages, each of 16 weeks. It will run on Thursdays 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm in Newmarket. 

Stage 1

The first stage comprises weekly four hour face-to-face sessions at The Mind Lab by Unitec (scheduled multiple times a week to provide flexibility) combined with online support materials through a dedicated collaborative multimedia portal. Other study commitments are based on assignments and activities based on the teachers’ own classrooms, where new knowledge and practice is applied.

Stage 2

The second stage of the course is primarily online, supported by face-to-face assignment workshops and other informational sessions. For the second 16 weeks of the 32 week part-time qualification, students continue to apply new knowledge and practice in their schools while studying online.

Assessment and workload

Summative assessment is modelled on flexible and innovative practice, allowing for video, photography, blogs or visual diaries of applied practice to augment more traditional documentation of learning through written essays. Collaborative group work is also encouraged.

The study workload outside the classroom is expected to be 6-8 hours per week per course. Given the ability to capture activities in the classroom through video or other forms of media, it is expected that most school leaders participating in this programme will use the convenience of a smartphone or tablet to capture school-based applied practice.

Who should do the programme?

The SLT (Senior Leadership Team) intake allows those in senior positions to collaborate with other SLT members from a range of schools.

Over the duration of the qualification teachers will be able to:

  • Stay current and relevant.
  • Gain highly involved students, staff members and community.
  • Embed technology with project-based learning in and out of the classroom to provide students and staff with new capabilities, confidence, enthusiasm and a passion for learning.
  • Harness their existing knowledge and teaching practices to “stay in the game” and have the confidence to lead teaching today, tomorrow and well into the future.
  • Progress their career.
  • Be competitive, relevant and agile educators. Personal and professional development is a core to all modern professions, and undertaking a postgraduate qualification and upskilling further through study provides an advantage at all stages of a professional career.

Indicative content

  • How to build learning strategy around the ‘learner’ and away from a one-size-fits-all model of education
  • The development of collaborative learning environments that balance the relationship between ‘teacher-driven’ and ‘student-centered’.
  • How to maximise resources for improved engagement including physical and creative spaces, technology and software.
  • Turning the school into a real-world learning environment that explores risk-taking and creative problem-solving.
  • Student entrepreneurship including crowd funding, start-up networks, and turning business ideas into marketable solutions.
  • Integration of digital tools and technologies to facilitate idea sharing across all areas of the curriculum.

Qualification highlights

  • Gain new theoretical and practical knowledge within the field of teaching and educational leadership, supported by research, observation and applied practice
  • Build your knowledge of 21st-century education practices and learn how to integrate relevant technologies and methodologies
  • Develop a more student-centered and personalised approach to learning
  • Evaluate personal teaching environments (class, school or community-wide) and learn how to identify development and advancement opportunities


NEXT Generation Teacher Scholarships

Are you a registered teacher?
Are you employed at a NZ public school?
If you answered “YES” then you could be eligible for a $2000 Next Generation Teacher Scholarship when you apply for the Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Practice (Digital and Collaborative Learning).

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“It breaks all the stereotypical boxes of what a postgraduate course looks like … this is super fun and engaging.  You meet people who are like-minded, who are on the same journey as you.”
Fee Holdsworth, Tauhara College, Taupo