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Undergraduate Study

The University of Otago College of Education offers a wide range of opportunities and qualifications; if you want to inspire in the classroom or better understand the educational influences in our society, the College of Education will have a programme for you.

Download the College of Education Prospectus for Initial Teacher Education and Education.

Study Teaching

We offer Initial Teacher Education (ITE) programmes in:

As places in our ITE programmes are limited, we invite you to apply with applications by the due date each year – check the application dates.

Read more about applying to an ITE programme.

Study Education

For those who may not want to teach, but are interested in education:

Career Opportunities

Graduates of our teaching programmes will be well prepared to work with children and young adults, and will gain a broad range of skills in communication, organisation, management, creativity and adaptability. This makes our graduates highly employable - read about the employment statistics of our graduates.

Many of our graduates will pursue life-long careers in teaching but graduates may also move into a variety of exciting careers such as museum or zoo education officers, Ministry of Education policy analysts, journalists, children's television presenters, college/university/polytechnic lecturers, youth support workers, teachers of English overseas, children's advocates and more.

International travel and study

Student exchange programme at Otago

The University of Otago operates a student exchange programme with other international institutions. Our international ties enable you to gain international learning experience while studying at the College of Education. An overseas exchange looks great on your CV and is an experience of a lifetime.

International study is usually undertaken at undergraduate level within Education Studies. Acceptance into the programme is based on academic merit – so make sure you concentrate on your studies if this is your aim!

More information on Otago Global Student Exchange.

Study for international teacher developers or teachers

Graduate Certificate in Teacher Development

Application is by negotiation, for groups (normally 15-25) of international teacher developers or teachers who have responsibility for the implementation of teacher development programmes in their home country. The Graduate Certificate in Teacher Development may be endorsed in Administration or Curriculum, dependent upon the selected papers. An orientation programme is followed by an approved selection of at least six 10-point papers, for a total of 60 points.