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Study Education at Otago

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Overview

Education programmes provide a critical analysis of contemporary educational theories, policies and practices. Education papers also enhance students' programmes in related fields of history, psychology, social work, and other major subjects.

See further information about teaching qualifications.

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Contact details

Tel 0800 TO TEACH (0800 868 3224)
Email education@otago.ac.nz
Website otago.ac.nz/education

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

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Qualifications

See the full list of qualifications offered by the College of Education.

Papers

See the full list of Education papers

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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

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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.

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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.

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Master of Arts (MA) in Education

Thesis
  • Thesis: EDUC 5

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Master of Arts (MA) in Education - coursework option

Papers

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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.

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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)

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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

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Minor Subject Requirements

Education as a minor subject for a BA, MusB, BPA, BTheol, BSc, BAppSc, BCom, BHealSc, or BASc 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), or Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc) 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

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