The University of Otago College of Education offers a range of primary teaching programme qualifications for people who want to teach in primary and intermediate schools in New Zealand and overseas. Graduates of these well established and highly regarded programmes will be qualified primary school teachers.
Bachelor of Teaching (BTchg) endorsed in Primary Education
A three-year undergraduate degree programme for those who do not hold a degree. The BTchg endorsed in Primary Education features contemporary theory, curriculum knowledge and in-class experience, enabling graduates to teach in primary and intermediate schools.
Available at the Dunedin and Southland (Invercargill) campuses.
See Bachelor of Teaching for more information.
An additional study option for those who want to teach in Catholic or other schools where Religious Education is taught. Catechetical Studies includes taking a Theology paper (or papers) during your undergraduate study, concurrently with your teaching degree.
It is recommended that you contact the Programme Coordinator at the College of Education about taking this option.
See Catechetical Studies for more information.
Master of Teaching and Learning (MTchgLn) endorsed in Primary Education
This postgraduate (Level 9) qualification is aimed at people who have already graduated with a university degree.
For admission to the MTchgLn degree endorsed in Primary Education, applicants must have an average grade of at least a B+ in the final year major subject requirements for a Level 7 bachelor's degree (requiring papers worth at least 360 points) or in the course components for a postgraduate qualification; or acceptable alternative qualifications or experience (i.e. proven postgraduate study).
Over an extended academic year (January to December), student teachers take six compulsory papers addressing teaching in context, curriculum studies, pedagogy (diversity and inclusion), and evidence-based inquiry (professional experience); regular school-based practicum provides practical teaching experience.
Available at the Dunedin campus only.
See Master of Teaching and Learning for more information.
Please refer to Applying to an Initial Teacher Education (ITE) programme.
For further information about any of the Primary Education programmes, please contact the Programme Coordinator (Primary), or
Tel 0800 TO TEACH (0800 868 3224)