New Zealand (Education)

Important Dates:

EXTENDED Deposit Deadline: January 11, 2019 
Scholarship Deadline: December 11, 2018
Final Payment Deadline: Spring Semester 2019
Mandatory Orientation Meeting: Spring semester 2019

Courses Offered:

EDTD 4950: Social Cultural Perspective: New Zealand
EDTD 6950: Diversity: New Zealand
Professors: Dr. Kim Barker and Dr. Darla Linville

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This study abroad program will examine culturally-inclusive approaches to education through an exploration of educational contexts in New Zealand . Students will be immersed in learning in a variety of school settings at various levels as they visit and assist in classrooms and complete field experiences with students learning in English as well as Maori. In addition, students will participate in a variety of planned experiences to key cultural, historical, and environmental sites to gain a deeper understanding of the rich history and culture of New Zealand.

*Prerequisite: Permission of department

*This course will be a SPRING semester class and will meet weekly in the SPRING semester. Students will receive an "incomplete" until they return from the travel portion of the course in the SUMMER*


EDTD 7950 Selected Topics: International Case Study in Curriculum Studies—New Zealand
EDLR 7000 Special Topics in Educational Leadership: International Case Study—New Zealand
Professor: Molly Quinn
Email: Molly Quinn,

This study abroad program will examine culturally-inclusive approaches to education through an exploration of educational contexts in New Zealand—particularly through an exploration/application of qualitative ethnographic case study methodology, illuminating comparative and innovative possibilities in curriculum studies and/or educational leadership.  Students will be immersed in learning in a variety of school settings at various levels as they visit and assist in classrooms, complete field experiences with students learning in English as well as Māori and speak with leaders in these and higher educational settings. In addition, students will participate in a variety of planned experiences to key cultural, historical, and environmental sites to gain a deeper understanding of the rich history and culture of New Zealand.  Conducting field observations, interviews, focus groups and document analysis while in this context support student development of descriptive case studies for comparative educational analysis. 

*Courses open to doctoral students in the EDD Program in Educational Innovation only.

*This course will be a Summer semester class and will meet in the weekend format semester design of the EDD Program, concluding at July’s end after the study abroad trip in June*

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*subject to change*

Pre-trip Classes (Summerville Campus)
Saturdays from 8:30 AM - Noon
January 26, 2019
March 2, 2019
March 30, 2019

May 4, 2019

June 1, 2019
Shuttle from Augusta to Atlanta

June 2, 2019
Flight from Atlanta to Auckland

June 3, 2019 (L,D)
-Arrive in Auckland, NZ
-Afternoon sightseeing tour which includes climbing to the top of Mount Eden, an extinct volcano - learn about the geography of Auckland and the 48 volcanoes spread through New Zealand’s largest city
-Continue to our overnight accommodation to check in then walk to the Skytower and enjoy a ride to the top for great city views

June 4, 2019 (B,D)
-Morning trip to the Auckland War Memorial Museum to enjoy the wide variety of world-class exhibitions
-Travel up to the Bay of Islands, stopping along the way at the A H Reed Kauri Park where we take a canopy walk and see two 500 year old Kauri trees
-Stop at the famous Kawa Kawa toilets before visiting Ruapekapeka Pa site where the last major battle between British Forces and local Maori was fought
-Arrive in Paihia after checking into our beach side lodge and have time for a walk along the beach

June 5, 2019 (B)
-Visit New Zealand's historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds - a place rich in history where you will learn all about the momentous events which shaped the country. The Treaty of Waitangi was first signed on February 6, 1840 and is generally considered the founding document of New Zealand as a nation. Waitangi Day is the annual celebration of the signing, and a national holiday in New Zealand.
-After the Treaty Grounds visit, if time allows we will visit the Tai Tokerau Resort College which is helping young Maori get a foot hold in the Hospitality/Tourism business

June 6, 2019 (B,D)
-Make our way back to Auckland, first stopping in to experience a Kohanga Reo - a total immersion Te Reo Māori whānau (family) programme for young preschool children, where the language of communication will be Māori
-Travel to some spectacular local Glow Worm Caves
-When we arrive in Auckland, there is time to stretch our legs and head out for a visit to Giapo - a modern ice cream parlour where we get a behind the scenes look at the factory and enjoy a delicious bespoke ice cream

June 7, 2019 (B)
-Enjoy a day at the College of Education - Te Kura Akoranga me Te Tauwhiro Tangata - the leading Faculty of Education and Social Work in Aotearoa (New Zealand). There are plenty of options that we can look at here including joining a class with the School of Maori and Indigenous Education and experiencing Māori-medium professional learning and development. Further details and a suitable programme can be devised with the school on tour confirmation.

June 8, 2019 (B)
-FREE MORNING - explore more of what Auckland has to offer including the beautiful Auckland Harbour, or get some retail therapy in Auckland city.
-In the afternoon, travel down to Middle Earth (Matamata) home of Hobbiton.
-Arrive in Tauranga and check into our comfortable accommodation right on the Papamoa Beachfront.

June 9, 2019 (B,L,D)
Full day of educational visits - including experiences with Toi Ohomai and their youth, community and marae based education programmes. We will also visit Te Whakatipuranga - the School for young parents. This school creates a nurturing environment for pregnant and parenting teenage girls a chance to achieve their academic, emotional and social goals and develop skills for effective parenting.

 June 10, 2019 (B,D)
-Morning "tiki tour" around some local picturesque spots including the beautiful Kaiate Falls, the Summerhill Farm lookout, a drive through Te Puke the "kiwifruit capital of the world" before heading to the quaint beachtown of Maketu for a kiwi favourite
-A Fish and Chips lunch on the beach.
-Afternoon: head to Rotorua where we will spend the night immersed in a peaceful and authentic Maori village deep within the heart of a Rotorua forest. We'll enjoy an afternoon and evening engaging in a variety of traditional Maori activities, experiencing ceremonial rituals and cultural performances and a delicious Hangi feast for dinner. Later, we will enjoy tales of Maori myths, legends and stories, before relaxing in one of the hot forest spa pools. 

June 11, 2019 (B,D)
-First stop of the day is Te Puia; the premier Maori cultural centre in New Zealand and a place of gushing waters, steaming vents, boiling mud pools and spectacular geysers.
-After Te Puia, we have free time so you might like to try White Water Rafting, Ogo, Swoop Swing, a White Island tour or head to the Agrodome for a unique New Zealand Farm experience including the world famous Farm Show.
-Later that afternoon we head to the Polynesian Spa for a relaxing soak in the hot mineral pools. 

June 12, 2019 (B,D)
-Morning: head to Whakatane to Mataatua (a fully carved Māori ancestral house) for the Cultural Immersion Experience where you participate in a range of ancient rituals and important Maori customary practices.
-Afternoon: Visit the local Kura Kuapapa - Te Kura o Te Paroa - a Maori language Immersion School which teaches students from 5 years old (Year 1) right up to 17/18 years (Year 13). In November 2018 they will be celebrating 125 years! 

 June 13, 2019 (B,D)
-Today we have some fun for our last full day on Tour. First we head to the Skyline Gondola for some great views of the region followed by some exciting Luge rides down! We then head to Rainbow Springs where we can get close with the wonderful birds, bugs and beasts that call New Zealand home.
-Head back up to Auckland where we will enjoy a farewell dinner out in Central Auckland.

June 14, 2019 (B)
Depart Auckland for Atlanta
Shuttle from Atlanta to Augusta

Financial Information:

Cost of Program: $4700 + Tuition and Fees

Deposit: $200

Final Payment: $4500

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What's included? Airfare, accommodations, meals according to the itinerary, mandatory excursions
Additional Expenses: Passport, additional meals not included in itinerary, personal expenses 


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Last updated: 12/19/18