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Information for new Bachelor of Teaching (BTchg) applicants

Applications are submitted online. 
See the available initial teacher education ITE programmes offered by the College of Education

Applications must be submitted by the due date. 
Check the application dates

New international students should:
Contact the International Office for advice on admission to their intended programmes

Applying for study in your chosen programme is part of the process of enrolling for study at the University of Otago.
Refer to Enrolling at Otago for more details

The following information is for undergraduate Bachelor of Teaching (BTchg) applicants.
Master of Teaching and Learning (MTchgLn) applicants please:
Refer to information for new MTchgLn applicants

A guide to what is requested as part of the application process

When submitting your application you will need to provide information related to your personal details, contact information and educational background. You will also need to provide additional information specific to your College of Education application, which is detailed below.

1.  Handwritten Statement

This part of the application requires you to write and upload a personal statement.  The statement is required to be in your own handwriting so it will need to be written and then scanned or photographed.

Outline your reasons for wishing to enter the programme(s) you are applying for and your strengths.  This is a very important part of your application so please consider carefully what you will write.

2.  Recent Experiences

This part of the application requires you to upload a document outlining your:

  • involvements and recent experiences relevant to a career in teaching, and
  • membership in any professional bodies, licensing authorities, and/or registration authorities to which you belong

Some examples of experiences and involvement you may wish to include are:

  • Experiences working with people
  • Community activities
  • School activities
  • Sport
  • Music / Drama / Art / Debating
  • Experience with other cultures
  • Travel
  • Teaching / Coaching
  • Leadership.

3.  Referee Reports

For your application to be considered you will need two people to provide completed referee reports.

If you are a school leaver (a secondary student in your final year of school) one of your referee reports must be a School Leavers referee report completed by a principal, careers adviser, or dean of your school.

a)  Download the appropriate (forms)

Confidential Referee Report (School Leavers)
Confidential Referee Report

b)  Complete the applicant section of the forms

c)  Provide the forms to your two chosen referees

Your referees will return the completed forms directly to the University.

A note on referees:

Referees cannot be family members, partners, or people living at the same address as yourself. Some examples of suitable referees are:
-  Employers
-  Managers
-  Teachers
-  Tutors
-  Coaches
-  Mentors
-  Church leaders
-  Kaumātua.

4.  Language Competency

All applicants to initial teacher education programmes at the University of Otago must meet the language competency requirements of the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand.  The criteria can be found on their website.  You may be asked to provide evidence that you meet one of the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand language competency criteria.

5.  Medical Certificate

If you have a health condition or impairment you will be asked to provide a document outlining details of the condition or impairment and how it may affect your ability to complete the programme.  This could be a personal statement of explanation or medical certificate from your doctor/specialist, regarding your ability to undertake a programme at the College of Education.  This information will be considered in assessing your application but its primary purpose is to ensure all successful applicants are provided with appropriate support.  You may seek advice from the University’s Disabilities Information and Support service who will, if necessary, act as an advocate or facilitator in your interests.

Once your application has been submitted

If you are shortlisted you will be contacted with a date and time for an interview.  If your application has not been successful you will be notified of this via your eVision student portal.

If your interview is successful you will be offered a place in the programme via your eVision student portal.  This may be a conditional offer if there are prerequisites still to be completed, such as University Admission.  If you are not successful after the interview you will be notified of this.

If you receive an offer of study you must accept or decline this offer and ensure that you have completed the selection of your papers.

Professional standards and criminal offences

See the Initial Teacher Education – Professional Standards and Criminal Offences Policy

Contact details

Email for information about the programme, or
Email about your application.
Tel 0800 TO TEACH (0800 868 3224)