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Study Education at Otago

Learn how to change the world.

Education is a powerful tool that can transform the lives of children, adults, families and communities. How has education shaped your own life, for better or worse? What aspects of education have sparked your curiosity and excitement about the world?

If you study education, you will also learn about history, philosophy, psychology, politics and sociology. You will explore how education has changed the lives of people and communities in the past, and about the ways different people have made sense of education as a cornerstone of society. You will encounter different ideas about the purpose of education, what a good education looks like, and how people learn. You will learn about people, and how they think.

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.

We welcome you to the exciting study of Education.

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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 education changes lives and 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
  • Gender, disability, Māori education, ICT and research methods also feature in the undergraduate programme

The study of Education is diverse and interdisciplinary. It will give you a range of sought-after skills including critical thinking, problem solving, strong interpersonal skills, and both written and verbal communication skills.

Education at Otago

The Bachelor of Arts majoring in Education is a three-year degree programme.

In your first year, you will learn about the political, social and cultural dimensions of contemporary educational practice. You also will study lifespan development in its social context. This includes the studies of families, of cultures within New Zealand and of disability.

Beyond your first year, you’ll develop understanding of how people learn, ways of facilitating learning and how education in New Zealand has developed over time.

We offer papers that allow you to focus your studies in the following areas:

  • Psychology of education
  • Sociology of education
  • Pedagogy of education
  • Equity in education
  • Disability studies and education

Southland campus

The Southland campus, based in Invercargill, offers some Bachelor of Arts (Education) papers.

Background required

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

Degree options

You can study Education as a major or minor for a Bachelor of Arts. You may elect to do a double major or a double degree, such as a BA in Education and BSc in Psychology.

Students find that Education papers are a useful complement to their other degrees including Arts, Physical Education, or Social and Community Work. Education papers can enhance any degree, as all professionals are involved in learning.

Student exchange

The University of Otago has exchange agreements with over 100 institutions worldwide. You have the opportunity to study at an international partnership institution while paying only New Zealand fees, and completing your qualification within the same timeframe as if you’d never been away.

Career opportunities

Students with a major in Education can 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.

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
  • Either EDUC 411  Conceptualising and Designing Quality Educational Research or EDUC 412  Research Design and Methodology: Evidence-based Practice in Education

  • Three further 400-level EDUC papers

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)
  • Two 400-level Curriculum papers offered by the College of Education (worth a total of 40 points)
  • EDUC 591 Research Project (40 points)  or EDUC 592 Professional Inquiry (40 points)
  • EDUC 495 Thought in Action (20 points) or EDUC 590 Professional Practice Portfolio (60 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)
  • Two 400-level Digital Technologies papers offered by the College of Education (worth a total of 40 points)
  • EDUC 591 Research Project (40 points)  or EDUC 592 Professional Inquiry (40 points)
  • EDUC 495 Thought in Action (20 points) or EDUC 590 Professional Practice Portfolio (60 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)
  • Two 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)
  • EDUC 495 Thought in Action (20 points) or EDUC 590 Professional Practice Portfolio (60 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)
  • Two 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)
  • EDUC 495 Thought in Action (20 points) or EDUC 590 Professional Practice Portfolio (60 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)
  • Two 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)
  • EDUC 495 Thought in Action (20 points) or EDUC 590 Professional Practice Portfolio (60 points)*

*The EDUC 590 portfolio or 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 2023 Exploring Curriculum 18 points Semester 1
EDCR102 2023 The Languages of Children 18 points Semester 2
EDCR131 2023 English and Mathematics 1 18 points Semester 2
EDCR133 2023 Health and Physical Education 18 points Semester 1
EDCR135 2023 Introduction to The New Zealand Curriculum and Social Sciences 18 points Semester 1
EDCR152 2023 He Kākano Noaiho, Ngā Reo 18 points Full Year
EDCR155 2023 Whakatakinga Marautanga me Tikanga ā Iwi 18 points Semester 1
EDCR201 2023 Weaving Curriculum 18 points Semester 2
EDCR202 2023 People Under Three 18 points Semester 1
EDCR203 2023 Te Ohonga Ake o ngā Marautanga 18 points Semester 2
EDCR231 2023 English and Mathematics 2 18 points Semester 1
EDCR232 2023 Science and Technology 18 points Semester 1, Semester 2
EDCR233 2023 Visual Arts and Music 18 points Semester 1, Semester 2
EDCR235 2023 Dance and Drama 18 points Semester 1
EDCR236 2023 Toka Tū Moana – ngā Āhuatanga Māori 18 points Semester 2
EDCR252 2023 Te Pupuke 18 points Full Year
EDCR254 2023 Toi Ataata, Toi Pūoro 18 points Semester 1
EDCR301 2023 Living Curriculum 18 points Semester 1
EDCR302 2023 Debating Curriculum 18 points Semester 2
EDCR331 2023 Advanced Mathematics and Statistics 18 points Full Year
EDCR332 2023 Curriculum in Context 18 points Full Year
EDCR334 2023 English and TESOL 18 points Full Year
EDCR353 2023 Whakaurunga o ngā Marautanga 18 points Semester 1
EDDC911 2023 Doctor of Education Coursework 60 points 1st Non standard period, 2nd Non standard period
EDPR101 2023 The Practice of Early Childhood Teaching 1 18 points 1st Non standard period
EDPR102 2023 From Personal to Professional 18 points Semester 1
EDPR131 2023 Te Weu 18 points 1st Non standard period
EDPR151 2023 Te Mōhiotanga 18 points Not offered in 2023
EDPR201 2023 Relationships and the Practice of Teaching 2 18 points 1st Non standard period
EDPR202 2023 Relationships in Inclusive Settings 18 points Semester 1
EDPR231 2023 Te Aka and Learning Languages 18 points 1st Non standard period
EDPR240 2023 Engaging in Teaching 36 points Semester 1
EDPR251 2023 Te Mātauranga - Professional Studies and Practice 2 18 points 1st Non standard period
EDPR301 2023 Professional Inquiry in(to) Practice 1 18 points 1st Non standard period
EDPR302 2023 Professional Inquiry in(to) Practice 2 18 points Semester 2
EDPR303 2023 Politics, Policy and the Profession 18 points Semester 2
EDPR331 2023 Te Puāwaitanga - Professional Studies and Practice 3 18 points Semester 1, 1st Non standard period
EDPR333 2023 Professional Practice 4 18 points Semester 1, Semester 2
EDPR351 2023 Te Māramatanga - Professional Studies and Practice 3 18 points 1st Non standard period
EDSU110 2023 Children in Action 18 points Not offered in 2023
EDSU111 2023 Children, Science and Play 18 points Not offered in 2023
EDSU115 2023 Exploring the Visual Arts Through Drawing and Painting 18 points Semester 2
EDUC101 2023 Education and Society 18 points Semester 2
EDUC102 2023 Human Development 18 points Semester 1
EDUC105 2023 Disability Studies: An Introduction 18 points Semester 1
EDUC211 2023 The Institutions of Childhood 18 points Semester 1
EDUC240 2023 Education in Aotearoa/New Zealand 18 points Semester 1
EDUC251 2023 Education in New Zealand: Policy and Treaty Issues 18 points Semester 2
EDUC252 2023 How People Learn 18 points Semester 1
EDUC253 2023 Making Learning Happen 18 points Not offered in 2023
EDUC254 2023 Family Resources, Culture, and Education 18 points Semester 1
EDUC259 2023 Educating Global Citizens for the 21st Century 18 points Semester 2
EDUC306 2023 Guidance and Counselling 18 points Semester 2
EDUC307 2023 Child Development 18 points Semester 1
EDUC308 2023 Future-Focused Literacies 18 points Semester 1
EDUC311 2023 Contemporary Understandings of Young Children as Learners 18 points Semester 1
EDUC312 2023 Children and Young People in History 18 points Not offered in 2023
EDUC313 2023 Inclusive Education 18 points Semester 2
EDUC317 2023 Information and Communication Technology in Education 18 points Not offered in 2023
EDUC318 2023 Gender Issues in Education 18 points Semester 2
EDUC321 2023 Educational Psychology 18 points Semester 2
EDUC331 2023 Special Topic 18 points Not offered in 2023
EDUC335 2023 Constructions of Learning in Education Settings 18 points Full Year
EDUC351 2023 Research Methods in Education 18 points Not offered in 2023
EDUC401 2023 Education in Historical Perspective 20 points Not offered in 2023
EDUC402 2023 Current Issues in Education 20 points Semester 1
EDUC403 2023 Perspectives on Teaching and Learning 20 points Semester 2
EDUC411 2023 Conceptualising and Designing Quality Educational Research 20 points Semester 1
EDUC412 2023 Research Design and Methodology: Evidence-based Practice in Education 20 points Not offered in 2023
EDUC421 2023 Mathematics Education: Learning and Teaching 20 points Not offered in 2023
EDUC422 2023 Quantitative Research Methods in Education 20 points Not offered in 2023
EDUC423 2023 Technology-enhanced Learning 20 points Full Year
EDUC427 2023 Qualitative Research 20 points Not offered in 2023
EDUC428 2023 Special Topic 40 points Not offered in 2023
EDUC429 2023 Special Topic 2 20 points Full Year
EDUC431 2023 Special Topic 20 points Not offered in 2023
EDUC432 2023 Special Topic 20 points Not offered in 2023
EDUC433 2023 Special Topic: Strategies to Enhance Wellbeing in Educational Settings 20 points Semester 2
EDUC434 2023 Youth Studies 20 points Full Year
EDUC435 2023 Introduction to Internet-based Learning 20 points Semester 1
EDUC438 2023 Leadership for Learning 20 points Not offered in 2023
EDUC439 2023 Strategic Educational Management 20 points Full Year
EDUC440 2023 Critical Analysis of Teaching 20 points Not offered in 2023
EDUC441 2023 Researching Personal Teaching Practice 20 points Not offered in 2023
EDUC444 2023 Pacific Education Issues: Culture, Identity and Schooling 20 points Not offered in 2023
EDUC451 2023 Inclusive Education 20 points Not offered in 2023
EDUC453 2023 Exercising Professional Leadership 20 points Not offered in 2023
EDUC457 2023 Pedagogy in Early Childhood Education 20 points Full Year
EDUC459 2023 Equality, Diversity and Education 20 points Not offered in 2023
EDUC461 2023 The Construction of Curriculum in Early Childhood Education 20 points Not offered in 2023
EDUC462 2023 Mentoring Teachers 20 points Semester 1
EDUC463 2023 Issues in Literacy Education 20 points Not offered in 2023
EDUC464 2023 Writing Journal Articles for Publication 20 points Semester 2
EDUC465 2023 Science Education for Teachers 20 points Full Year
EDUC471 2023 Teaching in a New Zealand Context 30 points 1st Non standard period
EDUC472 2023 Primary Curriculum 1 30 points 1st Non standard period
EDUC473 2023 Professional Experience (Primary) 30 points 1st Non standard period
EDUC474 2023 Early Childhood Curriculum 1 30 points 1st Non standard period
EDUC475 2023 Professional Experience (Early Childhood) 30 points 1st Non standard period
EDUC476 2023 Diversity and Inclusion 30 points 1st Non standard period
EDUC477 2023 Secondary Curriculum 1 30 points 1st Non standard period
EDUC478 2023 Professional Experience (Secondary) 30 points 1st Non standard period
EDUC480 2023 Research Study 40 points Full Year
EDUC495 2023 Thought in Action 20 points Semester 1
EDUC572 2023 Primary Curriculum 2 30 points 1st Non standard period
EDUC574 2023 Early Childhood Curriculum 2 30 points 1st Non standard period
EDUC577 2023 Secondary Curriculum 2 30 points 1st Non standard period
EDUC578 2023 Extended Evidence-based Inquiry (Secondary) 30 points Not offered in 2023
EDUC579 2023 Evidence-based Inquiry 30 points 1st Non standard period
EDUC580 2023 Research Dissertation 60 points 1st Non standard period
EDUC590 2023 Professional Practice Portfolio 60 points 1st Non standard period
EDUC591 2023 Research Project 40 points 1st Non standard period
EDUC592 2023 Professional Inquiry 40 points 1st Non standard period
EDUT300 2023 Curriculum Development and Design 10 points Not offered in 2023
EDUT301 2023 Programme Design and Action Plan 10 points Not offered in 2023
EDUT321 2023 Art (ECE) 10 points Not offered in 2023
EDUT322 2023 English (ECE) 10 points Not offered in 2023
EDUT323 2023 Health (ECE) 10 points Not offered in 2023
EDUT324 2023 Mathematics (ECE) 10 points Not offered in 2023
EDUT325 2023 Music (ECE) 10 points Not offered in 2023
EDUT326 2023 Physical Education (ECE) 10 points Not offered in 2023
EDUT327 2023 Science (ECE) 10 points Not offered in 2023
EDUT328 2023 Social Studies (ECE) 10 points Not offered in 2023
EDUT329 2023 Technology (ECE) 10 points Not offered in 2023
EDUT341 2023 Art (Years 1-8) 10 points Not offered in 2023
EDUT342 2023 English (Years 1-8) 10 points Not offered in 2023
EDUT343 2023 Health (Years 1-8) 10 points Not offered in 2023
EDUT344 2023 Mathematics (Years 1-8) 10 points Not offered in 2023
EDUT345 2023 Music (Years 1-8) 10 points Not offered in 2023
EDUT346 2023 Physical Education (Years 1-8) 10 points Not offered in 2023
EDUT347 2023 Science (Years 1-8) 10 points Not offered in 2023
EDUT348 2023 Social Studies (Years 1-8) 10 points Not offered in 2023
EDUT349 2023 Technology (Years 1-8) 10 points Not offered in 2023
EDUT351 2023 Art (Years 9-13) 10 points Not offered in 2023
EDUT352 2023 English (Years 9-13) 10 points Not offered in 2023
EDUT353 2023 Health (Years 9-13) 10 points Not offered in 2023
EDUT354 2023 Mathematics (Years 9-13) 10 points Not offered in 2023
EDUT355 2023 Music (Years 9-13) 10 points Not offered in 2023
EDUT356 2023 Physical Education (Years 9-13) 10 points Not offered in 2023
EDUT357 2023 Science (Years 9-13) 10 points Not offered in 2023
EDUT358 2023 Social Studies (Years 9-13) 10 points Not offered in 2023
EDUT359 2023 Technology (Years 9-13) 10 points Not offered in 2023
EDUT380 2023 The Practice of Teacher Development 10 points Not offered in 2023
EDUT381 2023 Assessment and Evaluation of Learning 10 points Not offered in 2023
EDUT382 2023 Pre-Service Teacher Education 10 points Not offered in 2023
EDUT383 2023 Special Topic 10 points Not offered in 2023
EDUT384 2023 Managing Educational Change 10 points Not offered in 2023
EDUT385 2023 Effective Resource and Personnel Management 10 points Not offered in 2023
EDUT386 2023 Teaching Literacy and Numeracy 10 points Not offered in 2023
EDUT387 2023 Teaching English as a Foreign Language 10 points Not offered in 2023
EDUT388 2023 English Language: Personal Development 10 points Not offered in 2023
ELIT198 2023 Essential Literacy for Teaching 9 points Semester 2
ELIT199 2023 Literacy Assessment 0 points Full Year
EMAT196 2023 Mathematics Assessment (Secondary Specialists) 0 points Full Year
EMAT197 2023 Mathematics Assessment (ECE/Secondary) 0 points Full Year
EMAT198 2023 Essential Mathematics for Teaching 15 points Semester 2
EMAT199 2023 Mathematics Competency Assessment (Primary) 0 points Full Year
ENMO199 2023 Noho Marae 0 points Full Year
EREO199 2023 Te Reo Māori Assessment 0 points Full Year

Key information for future students

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University of Otago College of Education
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Tel 64 3 479 4914
Email collegeofeducation.askotago@otago.ac.nz
Website otago.ac.nz/education

For enquiries related to postgraduate study please contact collegeofeducation.askotago@otago.ac.nz