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Associate teachers and mentor teachers

Information for those teachers who support our student teachers' learning in centres and schools

Interested in becoming an Associate Teacher or Mentor Teacher?

Speak to your principal/head teacher - the College of Education approaches schools at the beginning of each year to gauge interest in hosting a student for various times during the year.  You must be a fully registered teacher to be an associate or mentor teacher.  You are also welcome to attend one of our professional learning conversation meetings held on the fourth Thursday of each term. 

Contact collegeofeducation.askotago@otago.ac.nz for specific details.

Interested in advancing your own education?

Read about our postgraduate programmes in education.

Our Education Support Services offers a range of services, including curriculum teaching and learning support, and workshops and consultancy (PLD).

Professional Practice/Experience information and reporting

Selection Process

Please refer to the UOCE Selection Process - Teacher Education flowchart and Letter for principals and early childhood centre managers (updated 9 February 2021) and also to the Children's Act 2014.

SONIA online placement management portal

All course books and handbooks relevant to a particular professional practice/experience can be found by logging into the online placement management portal SONIA and looking under 'documents'.  Professional practice/experience reports are also completed using the SONIA portal.   If you do not have login details please send a request to uoce.placements@otago.ac.nz.

Other information

Contact us

If you have any questions relating to professional experience/practicum, please email:

Early Childhood Educationecepracadmin@otago.ac.nz
Primary Educationprimarypracadmin@otago.ac.nz
Te Pōkai Mātauranga o te Ao Rua (Primary Bicultural Education)uoce.south.admin@otago.ac.nz
Secondary Educationsecondarypracadmin@otago.ac.nz