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Study Teaching at Otago

The University of Otago College of Education is New Zealand’s oldest and top-ranked university in Education.

It is an exciting and vibrant place with an international reputation for excellence in educational practice. We engage in cutting-edge research, outstanding teaching, professional leadership and service to the wider educational community. Our teaching is student-centred and innovative.

The College of Education has two campuses where you can study teaching: Dunedin and Invercargill.

We offer teacher education programmes in early childhood, primary, Te Pōkai Mātauranga o te Ao Rua (Primary Bicultural) or secondary education.

Degree options

Bachelor of Teaching - Early Childhood or Primary

This three-year programme addresses professional teaching issues, subject knowledge, education theory, practical teaching experience, and the requirements of the New Zealand Curriculum. During your degree you will have a minimum of 23 weeks teaching experience in a range of settings.

Offered in Dunedin and Invercargill.

Graduate Diploma in Teaching - Early Childhood

This intensive one-year programme is designed for graduates who want to teach in early childhood education. The programme involves studies in education theory, professional practice and curriculum studies, within the context of early childhood education in Aotearoa New Zealand. It includes a minimum of 14 weeks teaching experience in a range of early childhood settings.

Offered in Dunedin only.

Master of Teaching and Learning - Primary or Secondary

A one-year programme for people who have already graduated with a university degree (360 point, level 7) or approved equivalent.

You will take six compulsory papers addressing pedagogy, curriculum studies, evidence-based inquiry, and diversity and inclusion, and spend two days a week in schools under the guidance of a mentor teacher.

A B+ grade average in the final year (300 level) major subject requirement of your undergraduate degree or in the course components of a postgraduate qualification is required for admission.

Offered in Dunedin only.

Please note:
To teach in the secondary sector, certain prerequisites will need to be taken during your undergraduate degree in order to specialise in a certain subject. For further information please see the secondary curriculum subjects in the College of Education prospectus.