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Applying to an Initial Teacher Education (ITE) programme

Our Initial Teacher Education (ITE) programmes enable you to become a qualified teacher in Early Childhood, Primary or Secondary Education. 

Restricted entry applies to these programmes - you must apply and be offered a place.  Applications are to be submitted online.

To be sure teaching is the career path for you, it is strongly recommended that intending applicants approach a school or centre, to arrange to spend a day observing a typical day’s teaching, prior to submitting your application.

Application dates

Applications for Initial Teacher Education programmes are now closed.

Applications for the following undergraduate/graduate programmes open on 1 MAY annually, and are preferred by 31 AUGUST:

  • Bachelor of Teaching (BTchg)
    Three-year undergraduate degree endorsed in Early Childhood Education, Primary Education, or Te Pōkai Mātauranga o te Ao Rua (Primary Bicultural Education).
  • Graduate Diploma in Teaching (GradDipTchg)
    One-year graduate diploma endorsed in Early Childhood Education (offered at the Dunedin Campus only).
  • Graduate Diploma in Education and Teaching (GradDipEdTchg)
    One-year graduate diploma for Bachelor of Education Studies (BEdSt) graduates only. 

Applications for the following postgraduate programmes open on 1 MAY annually, and are due by 31 JULY:

  • Master of Teaching and Learning (MTchgLn)
    One calendar year postgraduate degree endorsed in Primary Education or Secondary Education.

 Prospective students are strongly advised to submit applications before the due dates (listed above).

Application closing dates for various other Postgraduate programmes and Education Studies courses offered at the Dunedin Campus may be later than 31 August, so please refer to the Postgraduate information or contact the College of Education for details.


If you are intending to apply for an undergraduate BTchg or graduate GradDipTchg (ECE) programmes, please refer to Information for new BTchg and GradDipTchg applicants for a step-by-step guide about the application process. 

If you wish to apply for a postgraduate MTchgLn programme, please refer to Information for new MTchgLn applicants.  Intending MTchgLn (Secondary Education) applicants can check the minimum requirements (pre-requisites) for each secondary school teaching subject, by referring to the table of Secondary Curriculum Subjects.

Also read the University of Otago Programme entrance requirements.

Follow the links below.

ITE programmes

To apply for any of these programmes, follow the link below, then click the yellow "Apply Now" button that you will find at the top right of each page.

Early Childhood Education:

Primary Education:

Te Pōkai Mātauranga o te Ao Rua (Primary Bicultural Education):

  • Bachelor of Teaching (BTchg), 3-year programme, only available at the Southland Campus, Invercargill.

Secondary Education:


If you have any questions about our Initial Teacher Education programmes:

Phone: 0800 TO TEACH (0800 8683224)

For support with the online application process:

Phone: 0800 80 80 98

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