TEPI206-23YC2 (D) Year C Second Half 2023 (Distance)

The Teacher's Role in Numeracy and Literacy/Nga Tirohanga Whanui

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 10 July 2023
End Date: Sunday, 12 November 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 23 July 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 15 October 2023


This course will allow the students to examine the role of the early childhood teacher in helping children develop pre - literacy and numeracy skills. Students will become familiar with the requirements of the New Zealand curriculum in relation to numeracy and literacy. They will use the holistic approach of Te Whariki to ensure that they are able to provide children with the experiences they need as part of their early childhood experience so that they have an excellent foundation in literacy and numeracy with which to begin their formal education. Students will develop an understanding of what children need to know and will develop the skills which will enable them to provide appropriate literacy and numeracy experiences throughout the early childhood programme. Students will also develop skills in presenting information on literacy and numeracy to parents and the ability to assist parents help their own children in these areas.

*Please note this course is only available to initial teacher education students. To enrol in this course you need to be accepted and enrolled in one of our Initial Teacher Education programmes.

Learning Outcomes

On the successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:
1. Critique a range of perspectives on numeracies and literacies including own
2. Articulate a plan for improving their own personal and professional knowledge and skills as learners and kaiako of literacy and numeracy.
3. Create resources for use with colleagues and children in an early childhood setting related to numeracy and literacy
4. Identify and evaluate effective pedagogies for integrating numeracy and literacy into the curriculum of an early childhood centre.


Timetable Note

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Michelle Clarke


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Portfolio - Section 1 25% Weekly recordings of group discussions and reflections about readings Weekly contributions due in weeks 2-9 (Weeks beginning 17 July-Week beginning 23 October)
Portfolio - Section 2 26 Oct 2023 50% Inquiry - individual written task
Portfolio - Section 3 26 Oct 2023 20% Written response and resources
Portfolio - Section 4 5% Resources - use during professional practice To be completed during TEPP206 and submitted 26/10/23

Section 1 - Weekly contributions - Each weekly contribution is a group task. This means that each individual contribution is worth less than 10%. As per the guidelines, special consideration is not available for these contributions.

Sections 2-3 – Special consideration can be sought for one of these sections.

Section 4 – This section is worth less than 10%, so special consideration is not available for this section.

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Dreaver, Kate. et al; Kei tua o te pae : assessment for learning : early childhood exemplars ; Published for the Ministry of Education by Learning Media, 2004.

Ewing, Robyn , Callow, Jon, Rushton, Kathleen; Language & literacy development in early childhood ; Cambridge University Press, 2016.

Recommended Reading

Adams, Paul , Ryan, Heather A; Learning to read in Aotearoa New Zealand : a collaboration between early childhood educators, families and schools ; Dunmore Press, 2002 ().

Anthony, Glenda. , Walshaw, Margaret., New Zealand; Effective pedagogy in mathematics/pāngarau : best evidence synthesis iteration (BES) ; Ministry of Education, 2007 ().

Clark, Beverley. , Grey, Anne; Āta kitea te pae = Scanning the horizon : perspectives on early childhood education ; Pearson, 2010.

Fleer, Marilyn; Early learning and development : cultural-historical concepts in play ; Cambridge University Press, 2010 ().

Hamer, Judy. , Adams, Paul; The New Zealand early childhood literacy handbook : practical literacy ideas for early childhood centres (with examples for infants, toddlers and young children) ; Dunmore Press, 2003 ().

Handsfield, Lara Jean,1969-; Literacy theory as practice :connecting theory and instruction in K-12 classrooms ; Teachers College Press, 2016.

Macmillan, Agnes; Numeracy in early childhood : shared contexts for teaching & learning ; Oxford University Press, 2009 ().

Maguire-Fong, Mary Jane. et al; Teaching and learning with infants and toddlers where meaning-making begins ; Teachers College, Columbia University, 2015.

McLachlan, Claire; Literacy in early childhood and primary education : issues, challenges, solutions ; Cambridge University Press, 2013 (ISBB: 9781139777070 (eBook access)).

Montague-Smith, A., Price, A., Hansen, A., & Cotton, T. (2018). Mathematics in early years education (4th ed.). London; New York: Routledge

Readings will be made available on the TEPI206 LEARN site and can be accessed through the UC library.

'Kei tua o te pae' is available free electronically.

Additional Course Outline Information


Distance students must attend and participate in the course sufficiently via LEARN to meet the learning outcomes.  Students are responsible for obtaining relevant lecture/course information. This will mean regular engagement with lectures, forum and course materials on the LEARN site. Attendance at on-site intensives is compulsory. Insufficient attendance and participation in the course may make students ineligible for professional practice.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $821.00

International fee $3,750.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see School of Teacher Education .

All TEPI206 Occurrences

  • TEPI206-23YC2 (C) Year C Second Half 2023
  • TEPI206-23YC2 (D) Year C Second Half 2023 (Distance)