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Information for new Master of Teaching and Learning (MTchgLn) applicants

The College of Education welcomes enquiries from intending applicants. Applications are submitted through the yellow "Apply Now" button, found at the top of each programme page.
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 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.  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.  Employment History

Please include full- and part-time, vacation and short-term employment.

For each employment please identify:

  • Employer
  • Type of work
  • Position held
  • Dates employed.

4.  Teaching Subjects (for secondary applicants only)

Applicants for the Secondary Education endorsement are required to indicate proposed teaching subjects. Please review the Secondary Curriculum subjects. You are strongly encouraged to select at least three subjects from two learning areas as part of your application. This ensures a variety of options can be considered as part of your application, especially as some subjects may not be available in any one year.

In the Prerequisites section for each teaching subject please enter the tertiary papers or courses you have completed, or are currently studying, which support the subject including full subject titles, codes, and levels.  Transcripts to support your study should be uploaded later in the application.

5.  Referee Reports

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

a)  Download the Confidential Referee report

b)  Complete the applicant section of the form

c)  Provide a copy of the form to each of your two chosen referees.

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.

6.  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.

7.  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 7.5 in the academic version (with no individual component below 7.5), prior to admission. This is a regulation for the MTchgLn and also meets the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand language competency requirements above.

8.  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 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 within a month of the date of 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)