The University of Otago College of Education offers a range of postgraduate programmes for those who are already experienced teachers or who have an undergraduate qualification in education.
Our programmes are grounded in academically oriented, research-based studies of educational issues, theories, policies and practices. These programmes are designed to give you the opportunity to challenge yourself, gain in-depth knowledge and unlock career opportunities.
Several have been specifically designed for teachers, while others are for anyone interested in the study of education.
Most of our programmes can be completed at a distance.
Learn about our Distance Study option
Fees information - information about fees.
Fees are finalised annually in November. On the University's 'Fees' webpage you will find information about general fee 'bands', but if you want to find the cost of papers/thesis papers, scroll to the bottom of the fees page and open the domestic and international tuition fees document which lists fees by paper code.
Study Link information - information about student loans.
Applications are now open.
- Postgraduate programmes overview (PDF)
- Postgraduate programmes for teachers and education professionals infosheet (PDF)
Follow the links below to read more about the postgraduate programmes. To apply, use the yellow "apply now" button that appears on the following pages:
- Bachelor of Arts (Honours) (BA(Hons))
- Postgraduate Certificate in Education and Learning (PGCertEdLn)
- Postgraduate Diploma in Education and Learning (PGDipEdLn)
- Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (PGDipArts)
- Master of Education and Learning (MEdLn)
- Master of Arts (Coursework) (MA(Coursework))
- Master of Arts (Thesis) (MA(Thesis))
- Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
- Doctor of Education (EdD)
Looking to become a teacher?
A one-year postgraduate programme that qualifies students to become early childhood, primary and secondary teachers is offered. For more information, please refer to:
- Master of Teaching and Learning (MTchgLn)
Admission to programmes
Additional qualifications and salary for teachers
A qualification that a teacher has can affect their pay grade and step, and the allowances they are entitled to. If a teacher has achieved a new or an improved qualification, they can request a salary assessment.
See Qualifications information on the NovoPay website
Find out about people and employment (pay equity, becoming a teacher or returning to teaching, principals and teachers, non-teaching staff, employment agreement, pay, leave and personal development) on the Ministry of Education website, together with Collective Agreements for teachers.
People and employment
Further details about recognition of improved qualifications for teachers employed in state and state-integrated schools:
- Section 4.5 of the Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu Early Childhood Teachers' Collective Agreement; and
- Section 3.8 of the Primary Teachers' Collective Agreement.
Current research students and completed research student thesis information
See the list of Education papers for postgraduate programmes, and read the important note for students: