A scholarship for working teachers to build expertise in primary school science and mathematics teaching

Generous Woolf Fisher Trust Honours Scholarships are available for primary school teachers to study an honours degree while still working (in full-time, part-time or relief teaching).

Focus: Mathematics and Science Teaching in New Zealand primary schools.

Take this opportunity to improve your own mathematics and science teaching practice and open up leadership and wider employment options in these subject areas.

The scholarship funds the fees for full-time study of this specialist Bachelor of Education (Teaching) (Honours) programme and pays a $5,000 allowance.

Applications close 29 September 2017.


You are eligible to apply for this honours programme and scholarship if you hold a Bachelor of Education (Teaching) degree with a Primary specialisation from this University or an equivalent qualification in primary teacher education.

Applicants must meet the required GPA for entry to the honours programme; have achieved a GPA of 7 or higher across the mathematics and science courses in their Bachelor of Education (Teaching) or equivalent degree; and provide evidence of performance as a teacher.


About the honours programme – Teachers’ Pathway

This honours programme and generous scholarship aim to increase the number of teachers with expertise in mathematics and science teaching in New Zealand schools. Research shows the importance of teacher knowledge and passion in stimulating and engaging students in Science and Mathematics during their important primary school years.

This is a year of postgraduate study that will give you an edge in leading improvements in mathematics and science teaching and opens up leadership prospects and wider employment options.

Teachers’ pathway
You will study as part of a small cohort. Classes are held weekly in the evenings at Epsom Campus (9 weeks per semester) and there are two block courses (of 3-5 days each) during the January and July school holidays.

As well as leading Faculty academics, you will also be fully supported by a Woolf Fisher Master Teacher. This expert science and mathematics teacher has been seconded from a school to help make the links between your practice and what you are learning.

As a working teacher, you will be able to implement what you learn directly into your teaching. You will be supported by visits from the Woolf Fisher Master Teacher to help hone your teaching practice and discuss issues, ideas and improvements within the context of your own classroom.

The programme of study includes:

  • Three courses in mathematics, science, and practitioner inquiry
  • A 30-point dissertation undertaken through group supervision. The dissertation process is carefully supported to help you learn about educational research in mathematics and science.

How to apply for the scholarship

Applications close 29 September 2017.