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Graduate Employment Statistics

There is a perception Education graduates will struggle to find a job in New Zealand. This is not true, particularly for University of Otago College of Education graduates. 

Although there is no obligation for graduates to advise their employment status, the majority of our Master of Teaching and Learning primary and secondary education graduates have kept us informed of their employment status, from which we have recorded the following data.

Here are the facts:

In 2014, the Master of Teaching and Learning (MTchgLn) was introduced, with 27 student teachers completing the programme:

  • Secondary Education:
    16 graduates, 14 are teaching in NZ schools (87.5%), 2 in other employment = 100% in employment.
  • Primary Education:
    11 graduates, 7 are teaching in NZ schools (63.64%), 1 in other employment = 72.73% in employment.

In 2015, 55 MTchgLn student teachers completed the programme:

  • Secondary Education:
    32 graduates, 30 are teaching in NZ schools (93.75%), 1 is undertaking further study = 93.75% in employment.
  • Primary Education:
    23 graduates, 17 are teaching in NZ schools, 4 are teaching overseas (91.30% teaching) and 1 in other employment = 95.65% in employment.

Based on data from University of Otago 2015 Graduate Opinion Survey:
87% of the 147 Education graduates who responded to the survey were in either full-time or part-time work, 18 months after completing their qualifications.
72% of those graduates reported being in teaching related jobs. 12% are in roles not related to teaching and 16% chose not to disclose their job title.

In 2016, 46 MTchgLn student teachers completed the programme:

  • Secondary Education:
    23 graduates, 20 are teaching in NZ schools and 1 is teaching overseas (91.3% teaching), 1 is undertaking further study = 91.3% in employment.
  • Primary Education:
    23 graduates, 22 are teaching in NZ schools and 1 is teaching overseas (100.00% teaching) = 100.00% in employment.

Based on a 2016 Ministry of Education report:
85% of New Zealand graduates with teaching degrees are in employment two years after study, based on government statistics.
This is one of the highest employment rates of any degree.

In 2017, 52 MTchgLn student teachers completed the programme:

  • Secondary Education:
    29 graduates, 26 are teaching in NZ schools (89.66%), 1 is undertaking further study = 89.66% in employment.
  • Primary Education:
    23 graduates, 19 are teaching in NZ schools (82.61%), 1 is undertaking further study = 82.61% in employment.

In 2018, 50 MTchgLn student teachers completed the programme:

  • Secondary Education:
    33 graduates, 30 are teaching in NZ schools (90.91%), 1 is in other employment, 1 is undertaking further study = 93.94% in employment.
  • Primary Education:
    17 graduates, 12 are teaching in NZ schools (76.47%), 1 is teaching overseas, 4 are completing the programme part-time = 76.47% in employment.

In Summary:

Of the 241 graduates of the MTchgLn programme (2014-2018), 212 are employed (87.97%) and of these, 205 are teaching in schools (85.06%).
To compare teaching to other degrees visit the Careers NZ website.

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