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
- Music / Drama / Art / Debating
- Experience with other cultures
- Teaching / Coaching
3. Employment History
Please include full- and part-time, vacation and short-term employment.
For each employment please identify:
- Type of work
- Position held
- Dates employed.
4. 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)
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:
- Church leaders
5. Consent to Disclosure
All applicants are required to complete a New Zealand Police Vetting Service Request and Consent Form.
If you are residing in New Zealand at the time of your application this must be uploaded as part of your application. Applicants who are not residing in New Zealand at the time of applying are required to supply a completed form within one month of arriving in/returning to New Zealand, or prior to commencement in the programme (whichever is the earliest).
a) Download and read the NZ Police Vetting Service Request and Consent form.
b) As the applicant, complete sections 2 and 3 ONLY (the University of Otago as the approved agency will complete section 1).
c) Provide verified copies of two forms of ID which meet the evidence requirements for police vetting.
You will be asked to upload your consent for and verified ID during the application process.
If you are in Dunedin or Invercargill, you may have your identity documents verified at the College of Education (145 Union St East Dunedin, or 100 Nelson Street Invercargill). The documents can then be used for both the Identity Confirmation and the Police Vetting process. If you are not in Dunedin or Invercargill, please have a Trusted Referee (Justice of the Peace, Police employee, school principal) verify your identification documents before you upload them to your portal. If you are offered a place on the programme, identification to meet the Children's Act 2014 requirement will need to be completed prior to the start of the programme.
Please note applicants who have lived for a year or more in a country other than New Zealand may be requested to provide police or security checks from countries they have resided in.
6. 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.
In addition, applicants whose first language is not English or Māori must provide certified copies of IELTS (International English Language Testing System) results, including a score of at least 7.0 in the academic version (with no individual component below 7.0), prior to admission. This is a regulation for the BTchg and also meets the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand language competency requirements above.
7. 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.