The College of Education welcomes enquiries from intending applicants. Applications are submitted through the yellow "Apply Now" button, found at the top right of each programme page.
See the available initial teacher education ITE programmes offered by the College of Education.
Places in our ITE programmes are limited, so we invite you to apply with applications 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 information
View the College of Education Prospectus for Initial Teacher Education and Education Studies (PDF)
Intending MTchgLn (Secondary Education) applicants should also check the minimum requirements (prerequisites) for each secondary school teaching subject:
Refer to the table of Secondary Curriculum Subjects.
The following information is for postgraduate Master of Teaching and Learning (MTchgLn) applicants.
Intending Bachelor of Teaching (BTchg) applicants please:
Refer to information for new BTchg 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. Academic qualifications
We require a copy of your qualifications (e.g. university/polytechnic transcript). This will need to be witnessed if it is not from the University of Otago.
2. Recent experiences and involvement
Provide an account of your recent experiences and involvement, relevant to a career in teaching (one A4 page is sufficient).
3. Personal handwritten statement
Tell us who you are as a person, why you wish to enter the programme(s) you are applying for and your strengths. We expect about one handwritten A4 page.
4. Medical certificate
If you have a medical condition you will be required to provide a medical certificate from your Doctor/Specialist regarding your ability to complete a programme at the College of Education.
5. English language competency
All applicants to initial teacher education programmes must provide evidence of their competency in either English or te reo Māori. These requirements are set by the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand and can be found on their website. Applicants whose first language is not English or Māori must provide certified results of an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of 7.5 in the academic version (with no individual component below 7.5). We require a witnessed copy.
6. Consent to disclosure
Download the New Zealand Police Vetting Service Request and Consent Form, which can also be downloaded from the application screens. Fill in the fields and then sign the form.
7. Verified identification
Two forms of verified identification (“Primary” and “Secondary”) are required, as well as evidence of name change where names differ (e.g. marriage/civil union certificate, statutory declaration).
One form of ID must be photographic:
- "Primary" identity document (current passport, original NZ Birth Certificate issued on/after
1 January 1998 and that carries a unique identification number, firearms licence); and,
- "Secondary" identity document (Driver's licence, 18+ card, Community Services Card, School
ID card, utility invoice).
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.
8. Confidential Referee Reports
Please provide two Confidential Referee Reports. The report template can be downloaded below, or during the online application process. Fill out the required sections and send to your referees to return directly to us (freepost and email addresses are provided on the form) – refer to the top of page 1 regarding acceptable referees. Your application is not complete until we have received the reports from your referees.
Confidential Referee report
Please note: Download a copy of the report and save to your computer before filling in the form.
9. Employment record
Type this directly in to the relevant section of your application. Please bullet point the place worked, the position you held and the start and finish dates.
Once completed, scan and upload items 1-5 to your application; items 6 and 7 can be submitted in person to the College of Education, or may also be scanned and uploaded.
Once your application has been submitted
If you are shortlisted you will be contacted to arrange an interview. If your application has not been successful you will be notified of this via your e:Vision student portal.
If your interview is successful you will be offered a place in the programme via your e:Vision student portal. This may be a conditional offer if there are prerequisites still to be completed, such as NCEA or completion of a Bachelor’s Degree. 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.