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Study Primary Education

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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 (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.

Offered in Dunedin and Invercargill.

Catechetical Studies

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.

Master of Teaching and Learning (Primary Education)

This intensive 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 are required to complete six compulsory papers addressing education and pedagogy (including diversity and inclusion), curriculum, and professional experience (school-based practical teaching experience).  A Noho Marae, literacy, mathematics and Te Reo Maori assessments are also required.

Offered in Dunedin only.


Please refer to Applying to an Initial Teacher Education (ITE) programme.

Contact details

For further information about any of the Primary Education programmes, please contact the Programme Coordinator (Primary), or


Tel 0800 TO TEACH (0800 868 3224)