University Of Otago College Of Education

The University of Otago College of Education is dedicated to the enhancement of educational practice through high quality teaching, scholarship, research, professional leadership and community service, to benefit children, other learners, educators and the wider community (in local, national and international settings).

Start your career with a Bachelor of Teaching

Teaching is a rewarding profession that changes lives.

Choose between:

Use your existing degree to teach

If you already have a degree, you could become a teacher with the one-year Master of Teaching and Learning programme.

Choose between:

Study Education

The study of education provides a critical analysis of educational theories, policies and practices.

It is about how societies ensure children and adults become knowledgeable citizens.

Postgraduate programmes

These programmes enable both experienced teachers and those who have studied education to advance their skills and knowledge.

Study Education at Otago

How we learn.

Education is the cornerstone of society. It is the fundamental tool with which countries, communities, and individuals can improve their well-being. But how do societies ensure that their citizens become knowledgeable? How do we develop from infancy through old age? How do we learn throughout our lives?

Education helps to answer these questions and more, by providing a critical analysis of educational theories, policies, and practices that promote the understanding of education and its processes.

Ready to enrol?

Choose a qualification

  • Bachelor of Arts (BA), Dunedin, 2021
  • Bachelor of Arts and Commerce (BACom), Dunedin, 2021
  • Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc), Dunedin, 2021
  • Bachelor of Arts with Honours (BA(Hons)), Dunedin, 2021
  • Diploma for Graduates (DipGrad), Dunedin, 2021
  • Doctor of Education (EdD), Dunedin, 2021
  • Master of Arts (Coursework) (MA(Coursework)), Dunedin, 2021
  • Master of Arts (Thesis) (MA(Thesis)), Dunedin, 2020
  • Master of Arts (Thesis) (MA(Thesis)), Dunedin, 2021
  • Master of Education and Learning (MEdLn), Dunedin, 2020
  • Master of Education and Learning (MEdLn), Dunedin, 2021
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects (PGDipArts), Dunedin, 2021


You must choose a qualification to enrol, but you can easily change it later.

The University of Otago College of Education offers a range of papers contributing to the study of education, as a subject major or minor in a Bachelor of Arts degree, or as a minor subject included in other degrees.

See information about teaching qualifications.

Why study education?

We are involved with education throughout our lives. Education papers investigate how learning happens, and they identify and address patterns of success and failure in education.

Topics of interest are:

  • Educational psychology (how children, young people, and adults learn)
  • How education systems evolve and how they function
  • The role of education in the lives of families, whānau and communities
  • The historical influences that have shaped institutions of childhood and education systems nationally and internationally
  • The cultural, social, and political influences on the school curriculum
  • The study of gender, disability, Māori education, ICT, and research methods also feature in the undergraduate work of the University of Otago College of Education

The study of Education is diverse and inter-disciplinary. It equips graduates with a range of sought-after skills including critical thinking, problem solving, strong interpersonal skills, and both written and verbal communication skills.

Career opportunities

Students with a major in education are able to apply for a diverse range of jobs. Education can be an especially useful background for careers in research, policy analysis, social work, the counselling professions and many areas of public service. 

Educational processes are important in almost all settings and Education graduates can have a valuable role in most organisations.

Background required

There are no specific subjects you need to have studied at school in order to study education


Explore your study options further. Refer to enrolment information found on the following qualification pages.

Programme Requirements