Faculty of Education and Social Work


Manaiakalani Digital Teaching Academy

About the Manaiakalani Digital Teaching Academy


Manaiakalani Digital Teaching Academy

The Manaiakalani Digital Teacher Academy is a partnership between the University of Auckland’s Faculty of Education and Social Work, Google, and the Manaiakalani Education Trust (MET). The academy is working with teachers at Tamaki Primary School, Tamaki College, Point England School, Glenbrae School and Stonefields School to ensure teachers are confident working in digital environments in order to achieve the best student outcomes.

How it works

The Manaiakalani Digital Academy is a two-year academy that uses an innovative model to integrate hands-on learning, academic research and mentoring to improve student achievement. There are three components to the model:

  • Beginning teachers are partnered with a mentor teacher
  • Beginning teachers participate in weekly digital immersion sessions to develop the skills and pedagogy required in a digital learning environment.
  • Beginning teachers and mentors study courses at the University of Auckland towards a Masters in Professional Studies in Education or a Bachelor of Education (Teaching) (Honours).

The University of Auckland qualifications

The Faculty of Education and Social Work’s contribution to the Manaiakalani Digital Teacher Academy is to offer two University of Auckland qualifications, the Masters in Professional Studies in Education and the Bachelor of Education (Teaching) (Honours) to beginning teachers and their mentors in schools in the Manaiakalani cluster. Courses in the qualification have been tailored to the cluster’s needs.

The courses focus on:

  • Supporting teachers to design and use digital media and ICT to transform teaching pedagogy and improve achievement
  • Supporting teachers to develop the knowledge and skills to evaluate and modify these innovations.

Mentor teachers studying the Masters of Professional Studies in Education complete two courses (Literacy Education: Research and Practice, and Accelerating Learning) and a 60point dissertation.

The beginning teachers studying the Bachelor of Education (Teaching) (Honours) programme complete three courses (Literacy Education: Research and Practice, Accelerating Learning and Digital Enhancement) and a 30 point dissertation. 

Our people


Leader of the academic courses

Course lecturers and supervisors