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Bachelor of Arts (BA) majoring in Education Studies

Apply for the Bachelor of Arts (BA) through the Dunedin campus in 2022

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If you are interested in education, but not necessarily wanting to be a teacher, Education Studies might be the right pathway for you. The study of education at Otago is concerned with how societies ensure that their children and adults become knowledgeable citizens.

A range of topics are addressed in Education:

  • Biculturalism and the Treaty of Waitangi in Aotearoa New Zealand education
  • Educational Psychology (how infants, children, young people and adults learn)
  • The role of education in the lives of families and communities
  • The cultural, social, historical and political influences on curriculum
  • Social justice and inclusive education including issues of gender, disability, interculturalism and information and communication technologies
  • Education and social science research methods
  • How education systems evolve and how they function

Students with a major in Education Studies are able to apply for a diverse range of jobs in most fields open to Arts graduates.  Education can be an especially useful background for careers in research, policy analysis, social work, the counselling professions and many areas of the public service.  Educational processes are important in almost all settings and Education graduates have a valuable role in most organisations.

Many students find Education papers complement their studies in other disciplines and degrees or to undertake alongside another major.

Read more about the Bachelor of Arts degree and read the BA regulations.

Programme requirements

Bachelor of Arts (BA) majoring in Education


EDUC 101  Education and Society

EDUC 102  Human Development




Three 200-level EDUC papers



Four 300-level EDUC papers


198 further points; must include 54 points at 200-level or above.

Up to 90 points may be taken from outside Arts

Total 360