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Study Education at Otago

How we learn.

Education is the cornerstone of society. It is the fundamental tool with which countries, communities, and individuals can improve their well-being. But how do societies ensure that their citizens become knowledgeable? How do we develop from infancy through old age? How do we learn throughout our lives?

Education helps to answer these questions and more, by providing a critical analysis of educational theories, policies, and practices that promote the understanding of education and its processes.

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The University of Otago College of Education offers a range of papers contributing to the study of education, as a subject major or minor in a Bachelor of Arts degree, or as a minor subject included in other degrees.

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Why study education?

We are involved with education throughout our lives. Education papers investigate how learning happens, and they identify and address patterns of success and failure in education.

Topics of interest are:

  • Educational psychology (how children, young people, and adults learn)
  • How education systems evolve and how they function
  • The role of education in the lives of families, whānau and communities
  • The historical influences that have shaped institutions of childhood and education systems nationally and internationally
  • The cultural, social, and political influences on the school curriculum
  • The study of gender, disability, Māori education, ICT, and research methods also feature in the undergraduate work of the University of Otago College of Education

The study of Education is diverse and inter-disciplinary. It equips graduates with a range of sought-after skills including critical thinking, problem solving, strong interpersonal skills, and both written and verbal communication skills.

Career opportunities

Students with a major in education are able to apply for a diverse range of jobs. Education can be an especially useful background for careers in research, policy analysis, social work, the counselling professions and many areas of public service. 

Educational processes are important in almost all settings and Education graduates can have a valuable role in most organisations.

Background required

There are no specific subjects you need to have studied at school in order to study education

Qualifications

Explore your study options further. Refer to enrolment information found on the following qualification pages.

Programme requirements

Bachelor of Arts (BA) majoring in Education

LevelPapersPoints
100-level

EDUC 101  Education and Society

EDUC 102  Human Development

18

18

200-level

Three 200-level EDUC papers

54

300-level

Four 300-level EDUC papers

72
Plus

198 further points; must include 54 points at 200-level or above.

Up to 90 points may be taken from outside Arts

198
Total 360

Bachelor of Arts with Honours (BA(Hons)) in Education

Papers
  • EDUC 407  Researching Educational Issues

  • Three further 400-level EDUC papers

    Students who have already passed EDUC 351 may substitute EDUC 422 or EDUC 427 or an advanced research methods course, approved by the Dean of the College of Education, for EDUC 407.

Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects (PGDipArts) in Education

The Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects (PGDipArts) programme in Education is the same as the programme for the degree of Bachelor of Arts with Honours (BA(Hons)).

The Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects (PGDipArts) in Education is also available through Distance Learning.

Master of Arts (Coursework) (MA(Coursework)) in Education

Papers

Master of Arts (Thesis) (MA(Thesis)) in Education

Thesis
  • Thesis: EDUC 5

Note: Students who have not completed a Bachelor of Arts (BA(Hons)) in Education or a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects (PGDipArts) in Education must complete the required papers for the BA(Hons) in Education prior to undertaking the thesis.

Master of Education and Learning (MEdLn)

Endorsed option Papers required
Curriculum
  • EDUC 402 Current Issues in Education (20 points)
  • EDUC 403 Perspectives on Teaching and Learning (20 points)
  • EDUC 411 Conceptualising and Designing Quality Educational Research (20 points)  or
    EDUC 412 Research Design and Methodology: Evidence-based Practice in Education (20 points)
  • EDUC 495 Thought in Action (20 points)
  • Three 400-level Curriculum papers offered by the College of Education (worth a total of 60 points)
  • EDUC 591 Research Project (40 points)  or  EDUC 592 Professional Inquiry (40 points)*
Digital Technologies
  • EDUC 402 Current Issues in Education (20 points)
  • EDUC 403 Perspectives on Teaching and Learning (20 points)
  • EDUC 411 Conceptualising and Designing Quality Educational Research (20 points)  or
    EDUC 412 Research Design and Methodology: Evidence-based Practice in Education (20 points)
  • EDUC 495 Thought in Action (20 points)
  • Three 400-level Digital Technologies papers offered by the College of Education (worth a total of 60 points)
  • EDUC 591 Research Project (40 points)  or  EDUC 592 Professional Inquiry (40 points)*
Early Childhood Education
  • EDUC 402 Current Issues in Education (20 points)
  • EDUC 403 Perspectives on Teaching and Learning (20 points)
  • EDUC 411 Conceptualising and Designing Quality Educational Research (20 points)  or
    EDUC 412 Research Design and Methodology: Evidence-based Practice in Education (20 points)
  • EDUC 495 Thought in Action (20 points)
  • Three 400-level Early Childhood Education papers offered by the College of Education (worth a total of 60 points)
  • EDUC 591 Research Project (40 points)  or  EDUC 592 Professional Inquiry (40 points)*
Leadership
  • EDUC 402 Current Issues in Education (20 points)
  • EDUC 403 Perspectives on Teaching and Learning (20 points)
  • EDUC 411 Conceptualising and Designing Quality Educational Research (20 points)  or
    EDUC 412 Research Design and Methodology: Evidence-based Practice in Education (20 points)
  • EDUC 495 Thought in Action (20 points)
  • Three 400-level Leadership papers offered by the College of Education (worth a total of 60 points)
  • EDUC 591 Research Project (40 points)  or  EDUC 592 Professional Inquiry (40 points)*
Studies in Teacher Education
  • EDUC 402 Current Issues in Education (20 points)
  • EDUC 403 Perspectives on Teaching and Learning (20 points)
  • EDUC 411 Conceptualising and Designing Quality Educational Research (20 points)  or
    EDUC 412 Research Design and Methodology: Evidence-based Practice in Education (20 points)
  • EDUC 495 Thought in Action (20 points)
  • Three 400-level Teacher Education papers offered by the College of Education (worth a total of 60 points)
  • EDUC 591 Research Project (40 points)  or  EDUC 592 Professional Inquiry (40 points)*

*The EDUC 591 or EDUC 592 project must focus on the area of endorsement.

Master of Education (MEd)

No new enrolments will be accepted for this programme.

Papers
  • EDUC 407  Researching Educational Issues or another approved research methods paper (20 points)
  • EDUC 580  MEd Dissertation (60 points)
  • Further papers worth a total of 160 points, (normally selected from those prescribed for the degree of Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Education, the Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects in Education, or the degree of Master of Education)

Master of Teaching (MTchg)

No new enrolments will be accepted for this programme.

Papers
  • EDUC 440  Critical Analysis of Teaching or EDUC 423  Technology-enhanced Learning 

  • EDUC 441  Researching Personal Teaching Practice

  • EDUC 590  Professional Practice Portfolio

  • Other 400-level EDUC papers worth a total of 80 points

Minor subject requirements

Education as a minor subject for a BA, MusB, BPA, BTheol, BSc, BAppSc, BCom, BHealSc, BACom, BASc or BComSc degree

Available as a minor subject for a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Music (MusB), Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA), Bachelor of Theology (BTheol), Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc), Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), Bachelor of Health Science (BHealSc), Bachelor of Arts and Commerce (BACom), Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc) or Bachelor of Commerce and Science (BComSc) degree

Level Papers Points
100-level

EDUC 101  Education and Society

EDUC 102  Human Development

18

18

Above 200-level

Three EDUC papers, including at least one above 200-level

54
Total   90

Papers

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a selection of on-campus papers will be made available via distance and online learning for eligible students.
Find out which papers are available and how to apply on our COVID-19 website

Paper code Year Title Points Teaching period
EDCR101 2021 Exploring Curriculum 18 points First Semester
EDCR102 2021 The Languages of Children 18 points Second Semester
EDCR131 2021 Introduction to English, Mathematics and Statistics 18 points Second Semester
EDCR132 2021 Music, Dance and Drama 18 points First Semester
EDCR133 2021 Health and Physical Education 18 points First Semester
EDCR152 2021 He Kākano Noaiho 18 points Full Year
EDCR201 2021 Weaving Curriculum 18 points Second Semester
EDCR202 2021 People Under Three 18 points First Semester
EDCR203 2021 Te Ohonga Ake o ngā Marautanga 18 points Second Semester
EDCR231 2021 Mathematics and Statistics 18 points First Semester
EDCR232 2021 Science and Technology 18 points First Semester, Second Semester
EDCR233 2021 Social Sciences, Learning Languages and Visual Arts 18 points First Semester, Second Semester
EDCR234 2021 English 18 points Second Semester
EDCR252 2021 Te Pūpuke 18 points Full Year
EDCR254 2021 Tikanga-ā-iwi, Ngā Reo, Toi Ataata 18 points Second Semester
EDCR301 2021 Living Curriculum 18 points First Semester
EDCR302 2021 Debating Curriculum 18 points Second Semester
EDCR331 2021 Advanced Mathematics and Statistics 18 points Full Year
EDCR332 2021 Curriculum in Context 18 points Full Year
EDCR334 2021 English and TESOL 18 points Full Year
EDCR353 2021 Whakaurunga o ngā Marautanga 18 points First Semester
EDDC911 2021 Doctor of Education Coursework 60 points 1st Non standard period, 2nd Non standard period
EDPR101 2021 The Practice of Early Childhood Teaching 18 points 1st Non standard period
EDPR102 2021 From Personal to Professional 18 points First Semester
EDPR131 2021 Te Weu - Professional Studies and Practice 1 18 points 1st Non standard period
EDPR151 2021 Te Mōhiotanga - Professional Studies and Practice 1 18 points 1st Non standard period
EDPR201 2021 Relationships and the Practice of Teaching 18 points 1st Non standard period
EDPR202 2021 Relationships in Inclusive Settings 18 points First Semester
EDPR231 2021 Te Aka - Professional Studies and Practice 2 18 points 1st Non standard period
EDPR240 2021 Engaging in Teaching 36 points First Semester
EDPR251 2021 Te Mātauranga - Professional Studies and Practice 2 18 points 1st Non standard period
EDPR301 2021 Professional Inquiry in(to) Practice 1 18 points 1st Non standard period
EDPR302 2021 Professional Inquiry in(to) Practice 2 18 points Second Semester
EDPR303 2021 Politics, Policy and the Profession 18 points Full Year
EDPR331 2021 Te Puāwaitanga - Professional Studies and Practice 3 18 points 1st Non standard period
EDPR333 2021 Professional Practice 4 18 points First Semester, Second Semester
EDPR351 2021 Te Māramatanga - Professional Studies and Practice 3 18 points 1st Non standard period
EDSU106 2021 Te Whiringa o Te Reo 18 points Second Semester
EDSU107 2021 Tōku Ao, Tōku Tikanga, Tōku Oranga 18 points Not offered in 2021
EDSU110 2021 Children in Action 18 points Second Semester
EDSU111 2021 Children, Science and Play 18 points First Semester
EDSU113 2021 Technology and Enterprise 18 points Second Semester
EDSU115 2021 Exploring the Visual Arts Through Drawing and Painting 18 points Second Semester
EDUC101 2021 Education and Society 18 points Second Semester
EDUC102 2021 Human Development 18 points First Semester
EDUC105 2021 Disability Studies: An Introduction 18 points First Semester
EDUC211 2021 The Institutions of Childhood 18 points First Semester
EDUC240 2021 Education in Aotearoa/New Zealand 18 points First Semester
EDUC251 2021 Education in New Zealand: Policy and Treaty Issues 18 points Second Semester
EDUC252 2021 How People Learn 18 points First Semester
EDUC253 2021 Making Learning Happen 18 points Second Semester
EDUC254 2021 Family Resources, Culture, and Education 18 points First Semester
EDUC259 2021 International Perspectives in Education 18 points Second Semester
EDUC306 2021 Guidance and Counselling 18 points Second Semester
EDUC307 2021 Child Development 18 points First Semester
EDUC308 2021 Future-Focused Literacies 18 points First Semester
EDUC311 2021 Contemporary Understandings of Young Children as Learners 18 points First Semester
EDUC312 2021 Children and Young People in History 18 points First Semester
EDUC313 2021 Inclusive Education 18 points Second Semester
EDUC317 2021 Information and Communication Technology in Education 18 points Not offered in 2021
EDUC318 2021 Gender Issues in Education 18 points Second Semester
EDUC321 2021 Educational Psychology 18 points Second Semester
EDUC331 2021 Special Topic 18 points Not offered in 2021
EDUC335 2021 Constructions of Learning in Education Settings 18 points Full Year
EDUC351 2021 Research Methods in Education 18 points Not offered in 2021
EDUC401 2021 Education in Historical Perspective 20 points Not offered in 2021
EDUC402 2021 Current Issues in Education 20 points First Semester
EDUC403 2021 Perspectives on Teaching and Learning 20 points Second Semester
EDUC407 2021 Researching Educational Issues 20 points Not offered in 2021
EDUC411 2021 Conceptualising and Designing Quality Educational Research 20 points First Semester
EDUC412 2021 Research Design and Methodology: Evidence-based Practice in Education 20 points First Semester
EDUC421 2021 Mathematics Education: Learning and Teaching 20 points Not offered in 2021
EDUC422 2021 Quantitative Research Methods in Education 20 points Not offered in 2021
EDUC423 2021 Technology-enhanced Learning 20 points Full Year
EDUC427 2021 Qualitative Research 20 points Not offered in 2021
EDUC428 2021 Special Topic: Becoming a Research-capable Teacher 40 points Not offered in 2021
EDUC429 2021 Special Topic 2 20 points Full Year
EDUC431 2021 Special Topic 20 points Not offered in 2021
EDUC432 2021 Special Topic: Digital Technologies and Knowledge Building 20 points Not offered in 2021
EDUC433 2021 Special Topic: Strategies to Enhance Wellbeing in Educational Settings 20 points Second Semester
EDUC434 2021 Youth Studies 20 points Not offered in 2021
EDUC435 2021 Introduction to Internet-based Learning 20 points Second Semester
EDUC438 2021 Leadership for Learning 20 points Not offered in 2021
EDUC439 2021 Strategic Educational Management 20 points Full Year
EDUC440 2021 Critical Analysis of Teaching 20 points Not offered in 2021
EDUC441 2021 Researching Personal Teaching Practice 20 points Not offered in 2021
EDUC442 2021 Studies in Teacher Education, Development, and Learning 20 points First Semester
EDUC444 2021 Pacific Education Issues: Culture, Identity and Schooling 20 points Not offered in 2021
EDUC451 2021 Inclusive Education 20 points Not offered in 2021
EDUC453 2021 Exercising Professional Leadership 20 points Not offered in 2021
EDUC457 2021 Pedagogy in Early Childhood Education 20 points Full Year
EDUC459 2021 Equality, Diversity and Education 20 points Not offered in 2021
EDUC461 2021 The Construction of Curriculum in Early Childhood Education 20 points Not offered in 2021
EDUC462 2021 Mentoring Teachers 20 points First Semester
EDUC463 2021 Issues in Literacy Education 20 points Not offered in 2021
EDUC464 2021 Writing for Publication in the Social Sciences 20 points Second Semester
EDUC465 2021 Science Education for Teachers 20 points Full Year
EDUC471 2021 Teaching in a New Zealand Context 30 points 1st Non standard period
EDUC472 2021 Primary Curriculum 1 30 points 1st Non standard period
EDUC473 2021 Evidence-based Inquiry (Primary) 30 points 1st Non standard period
EDUC474 2021 Early Childhood Curriculum 1 30 points 1st Non standard period
EDUC475 2021 Evidence-based Inquiry (Early Childhood) 30 points 1st Non standard period
EDUC476 2021 Diversity and Inclusion 30 points 1st Non standard period
EDUC477 2021 Secondary Curriculum 1 30 points 1st Non standard period
EDUC478 2021 Evidence-based Inquiry (Secondary) 30 points 1st Non standard period
EDUC480 2021 Research Study 40 points Full Year
EDUC495 2021 Thought in Action 20 points First Semester, Second Semester
EDUC572 2021 Primary Curriculum 2 30 points 1st Non standard period
EDUC573 2021 Extended Evidence-based Inquiry (Primary) 30 points 1st Non standard period
EDUC574 2021 Early Childhood Curriculum 2 30 points 1st Non standard period
EDUC575 2021 Extended Evidence-based Inquiry (Early Childhood) 30 points 1st Non standard period
EDUC577 2021 Secondary Curriculum 2 30 points 1st Non standard period
EDUC578 2021 Extended Evidence-based Inquiry (Secondary) 30 points 1st Non standard period
EDUC580 2021 MEd Dissertation 60 points 1st Non standard period
EDUC590 2021 Professional Practice Portfolio 60 points 1st Non standard period
EDUC591 2021 Research Project 40 points 1st Non standard period
EDUC592 2021 Professional Inquiry 40 points 1st Non standard period
EDUT300 2021 Curriculum Development and Design 10 points Not offered in 2021
EDUT301 2021 Programme Design and Action Plan 10 points Not offered in 2021
EDUT321 2021 Art (ECE) 10 points Not offered in 2021
EDUT322 2021 English (ECE) 10 points Not offered in 2021
EDUT323 2021 Health (ECE) 10 points Not offered in 2021
EDUT324 2021 Mathematics (ECE) 10 points Not offered in 2021
EDUT325 2021 Music (ECE) 10 points Not offered in 2021
EDUT326 2021 Physical Education (ECE) 10 points Not offered in 2021
EDUT327 2021 Science (ECE) 10 points Not offered in 2021
EDUT328 2021 Social Studies (ECE) 10 points Not offered in 2021
EDUT329 2021 Technology (ECE) 10 points Not offered in 2021
EDUT341 2021 Art (Years 1-8) 10 points Not offered in 2021
EDUT342 2021 English (Years 1-8) 10 points Not offered in 2021
EDUT343 2021 Health (Years 1-8) 10 points Not offered in 2021
EDUT344 2021 Mathematics (Years 1-8) 10 points Not offered in 2021
EDUT345 2021 Music (Years 1-8) 10 points Not offered in 2021
EDUT346 2021 Physical Education (Years 1-8) 10 points Not offered in 2021
EDUT347 2021 Science (Years 1-8) 10 points Not offered in 2021
EDUT348 2021 Social Studies (Years 1-8) 10 points Not offered in 2021
EDUT349 2021 Technology (Years 1-8) 10 points Not offered in 2021
EDUT351 2021 Art (Years 9-13) 10 points Not offered in 2021
EDUT352 2021 English (Years 9-13) 10 points Not offered in 2021
EDUT353 2021 Health (Years 9-13) 10 points Not offered in 2021
EDUT354 2021 Mathematics (Years 9-13) 10 points Not offered in 2021
EDUT355 2021 Music (Years 9-13) 10 points Not offered in 2021
EDUT356 2021 Physical Education (Years 9-13) 10 points Not offered in 2021
EDUT357 2021 Science (Years 9-13) 10 points Not offered in 2021
EDUT358 2021 Social Studies (Years 9-13) 10 points Not offered in 2021
EDUT359 2021 Technology (Years 9-13) 10 points Not offered in 2021
EDUT380 2021 The Practice of Teacher Development 10 points Not offered in 2021
EDUT381 2021 Assessment and Evaluation of Learning 10 points Not offered in 2021
EDUT382 2021 Pre-Service Teacher Education 10 points Not offered in 2021
EDUT383 2021 Special Topic 10 points Not offered in 2021
EDUT384 2021 Managing Educational Change 10 points Not offered in 2021
EDUT385 2021 Effective Resource and Personnel Management 10 points Not offered in 2021
EDUT386 2021 Teaching Literacy and Numeracy 10 points Not offered in 2021
EDUT387 2021 Teaching English as a Foreign Language 10 points Not offered in 2021
EDUT388 2021 English Language: Personal Development 10 points Not offered in 2021
EICT198 2021 Essential ICT for Teaching 3 points Full Year
EICT199 2021 ICT Competency Test 0 points Full Year
ELIT198 2021 Essential Literacy for Teaching 9 points Second Semester
ELIT199 2021 Literacy Competency Test 0 points Full Year
EMAT196 2021 Mathematics Competency Test (Secondary Specialists) 0 points Full Year
EMAT197 2021 Mathematics Competency Test (ECE/Secondary) 0 points Full Year
EMAT198 2021 Essential Mathematics for Teaching 15 points First Semester
EMAT199 2021 Mathematics Competency Test (Primary) 0 points Full Year

Key information for future students

Contact us

University of Otago College of Education
Tel 0800 TO TEACH (0800 868 3224)
Email education@otago.ac.nz
Web otago.ac.nz/education

For enquiries related to postgraduate study please contact postgrad.education@otago.ac.nz