University of Otago College of Education

University of Otago College of Education, established in 1876. Campuses in Dunedin and Invercargill.

Dunedin campus: 145 Union Street East,
Tel 64 3 479 4914

Invercargill Campus: 100 Nelson Street,
Tel 64 3 211 6724

University of Otago Website:

Teacher Education Application Information:

International Students:

Operating as usual

Teacher-In-Training with Dwarfism is Taking on New Challenge of Para Shotputting 02/06/2024

Check out this episode on Attitude about our 2nd year BTchg student and para athlete Josh Chisholm. Josh is currently in Fiji competing in shotput at the Oceania Athletics Championships. We wish Josh all the best - Kia hūkere te hoe (go hard!)

Teacher-In-Training with Dwarfism is Taking on New Challenge of Para Shotputting Josh Chisholm is a para shot putter on the rise. He was born with achondroplasia (dwarfism). Josh is aiming to qualify for the Oceania Athletics Champs while...


Taeao manuia aiga.

Fa’afetai lava to everyone who gave the quiz a go this week. I hope you had fun and learnt something new in doing so.

The average score yesterday was 6.9. Malo taumafaiaga! – Good effort.

Here is today’s link:

Ia manuia tou a*o – Everyone have a good day.


Taeao manuia – Good morning UOCE aiga (family)

Malo lava taumafaiga – Great effort with our daily quizzes.
7.6 is the average score for yesterday’s quiz. 😊

Thursday quiz link:

Ia manuia le a*o – Have a good day.


Taeao manuia – Good morning UOCE aiga (family)

Fa’afetai lava for the positive messages received. Your efforts to acknowledge Samoa Language Week is much appreciated.

7.2 is the average score for yesterday’s quiz. Cheehoo! We’re getting better.

Here is Wednesday's quiz link:

Ia manuia le a*o – Have a good day.


Parker Ormond, Te Manupiki Māori, Te Kura Ākau Taitoka

Parker Ormond has been appointed as Te Manupiki Māori (Associate Dean Māori) to Te Kura Ākau Taitoka - College of Education. Parker is based in Waihopai – Invercargill.

Parker says of this appointment, “The College of Education continues to acknowledge and pay respect to mana whenua as not only Treaty partners for our institution but also as kaitiaki of all things pertaining to Kāitahu, Kati Mamoe and Waitaha mātauranga, reo and hītori. As the newly appointed Associate Dean Māori for the College, it is my privilege to build, maintain and develop closer links with our four papatipu rūnaka within the Murihiku takiwā and look for opportunities where we can work together to grow and enhance these relationships."


The 2024 theme for Samoa Language Week is 'Tautua i le alofa, manuia le lumana’i – Serve in love for a blessed future'.

Samoa Daily Quiz: This is all about learning some facts about Samoa, so click on the link and give it a go! It doesn’t matter if you don’t know the answer, you will do, when you review your responses.

Here is the link for today’s quiz:

Fa’afetai lava to those who attempted yesterday’s quiz. The average score was 5.8:

Ia manuia le a*o – Have a good day.


Want to find out how to become a teacher or learn about studying education? Come and learn about your options in education. Monday 27th May 10am in the college auditorium


Come see us at the College of Education booth at the link. Talk to us about joining the amazing teaching profession.


Research seminar - all welcome
Thursday 16 May 2024
12.00 - 1.00pm
Education Resource Centre, Room ERCG.01
157 Union Street East, Dunedin.

Join us in person or via ZOOM (link below).

Feana Tu'akoi (University of Otago College of Education Creative New Zealand Children's Writer in Residence Fellow 2024)

Session Overview:
Feana will share her writing process, with down to earth examples from her own work, including:
• Developing a writing kaupapa
• Ideas, ideas, ideas
• Getting words onto paper
• The shape of a story
• How to make it the best it can be
• Submitting to publishers

Password: 906214


Research Seminar - all welcome

Using AI to support planning and teaching writing
Presented by Andrea Robertson

Part 1: Thursday 13 June, 12:00-1:00pm
Part 2: Thursday 20 June, 12:00-1:00pm

Education Resource Centre: ERCG-01
157 Union Street East & ZOOM (see below)

With the release of the university’s policy on the use of AI, and as we all start to explore the potential of generative AI, this two-part seminar provides an introduction to AI and how it is being used in schools. Over these two seminar sessions Andrea will share a workshop she conducted with local teachers with a focus on -

• Unpacking what generative AI is and its potential for use in
• Exploring the use of AI tools to help with planning literacy
(writing) lessons.
• Looking at some AI tools and ideas that teachers can use with
ākonga to support writing.
• Discussion around the benefits and challenges of using AI in our
teaching practice.

Meeting ID: 987 8995 6089
Password: 906214

These sessions will not be recorded.


Recent graduates may be interested in applying for a 0.6 FTTE principal release position at Waituna Creek School ( Although this position is only for 3 days per week there is the opportunity to take on some CRT release. As the changes around CRT come into effect there is also the potential to take up relieving around the other schools in the district.
The position is currently advertised in the education gazette - 1HAg3D

Otago Open Days | University of Otago 26/03/2024

The Dunedin Tertiary Open Days will be held on Sunday 26 and Monday 27 May 2024. The College of Education will be represented at the Expo on Monday 27 May from 9.00am - 3.00pm, instead of holding dedicated information evenings this year.

For more information and to sign up for updates, visit the website:

Please note that reference to 'Colleges' on this page refers to residential colleges, i.e. accommodation for students.

Otago Open Days | University of Otago Otago Tertiary Open Days provide an opportunity for students and parents to learn more about course options, scholarships, accommodation and other services available at Otago.


Research Seminar - all welcome
Thursday 2 May
Education Resource Centre, ERCG.01
157 Union Street East
Dunedin 9016

or join on Zoom (details below)

In this informal panel session Megan McPherson (Director of Communications), Professor Vivienne Anderson (Dean, College of Education) and Professor Robert Patman (Politics) will share their expertise, experiences, and advice on communicating research to an audience beyond academia. Audience participation will be encouraged.

Meeting ID: 987 8995 6089
Password: 906214


Research Seminar - all welcome
Thursday 4 April
12.00 - 1.00pm
Education Resource Centre: ERCG-01
157 Union Street East, Dunedin
Or join on Zoom (see link below):

Presented by:
Shannon McNatty (PhD Candidate, College of Education)

Adolescent girls' perspectives on their outdoor learning are rarely represented in the outdoor literature. To ensure outdoor learning enhances their wellbeing, girls’ perspectives need to be heard. This research presentation explores the stories of 11 young women reflecting on an immersive month of school outdoor learning that they experienced as adolescents in a remote part of New Zealand. As part of a mixed methods study, the presentation draws on retrospective interview data to explore the development of young women’s identity narratives and sense of wellbeing. The participants reported how they developed an empowered sense of identity while engaged in a long-duration outdoor programme as adolescents. I focus on four key elements that emerged from the data, drawing connections to a multidimensional understanding of wellbeing. Firstly, immersion in nature was identified as a nourishing experience. Secondly, participants expressed gratitude and appreciation of the experience, noting how they felt supported to be independent. Thirdly, these young women attributed their sense of empowerment in the outdoors to the programme educators’ focus on developing girls’ practical skills, confidence, and wellbeing. Fourthly, they reported how empowerment was enhanced by the programme’s emphasis on simple living with their peers based on following sustainable practices. A code of environmental ethics was taught through an ecological and socio-critical lens by the programme educators and the girls connected wellbeing to their sense of agency to contribute to environmental wellbeing. I conclude with how long-duration immersive outdoor experiences are significant and important for enhancing the wellbeing of young women and have a lasting influence.

Meeting ID: 987 8995 6089
Password: 906214


On Waitangi Day last week, a group of staff, students, and past students of Te Kura Ākau Taitoka (now kaiako) joined the hīkoi from Queen's Gardens to the Octagon to whakamana Te Tiriti o Waitangi, which is integral to our programmes, Te Whāriki, and Te Mātaiaho, the refreshed curriculum. He rā ātaahua hoki!


Ministry of Education
Education Workforce Supply and Leadership
BeTTER Jobs Programme, for graduates

This programme helps match beginning or returning teachers with suitable job vacancies at schools identified as having recruitment or retention challenges.

The programme offers a financial incentive and support to secure employment for the 2024 school year at an eligible school. There are 130 places available for those who have completed an Initial Teacher Education (ITE) qualification or Teacher Education Refresh (TER) programme since 1 January 2023. Places are filled on a first come, first served basis. Feedback from previous participants and schools has been positive.

The BeTTER Jobs Programme is an extension of the Beginning Teacher Vacancy Scheme which began in November 2021. It incentivises schools to hire beginning or qualified returning teachers by offering financial support to help with induction and mentoring costs.

Participating teachers receive $5,000 each year for up to two years, providing there is confirmation of their employment at an eligible school.

For more information please refer to webpage:

Graduates can register their interest in participating in the 2024 programme via this short survey:

BeTTER Jobs Programme The BeTTER Jobs Programme helps match beginning teachers (BeT) or returning teachers (TER) with schools identified as having recruitment or retention challenges. The programme supports beginning and returning teachers into the classroom and helps teachers find a job by notifying them weekly about va...


We look forward to welcoming our Masters of Teaching and Learning students on Monday 15th January to start their programme.

See you at 9am in TG07, College of Education Tower Block. 😊


Congratulations to the following 2023 Award and Prize recipients:

University of Otago College of Education Science in Schools Prize
- Stefannie Gillespie - MTchgLn (Primary)

University of Otago College of Education Award for Academic Excellence
- Summer Richards - BTchg (ECE)
- Emma Ashton - BTchg (Primary)
- Chevarna Walker - BTchg (Primary)
- Meg Haffadine - BTchg (Primary)
- Hayden Jackson - BTchg (Primary)
- Duncan Cameron - BTchg (Te Pōkai Mātauranga o te Ao Rua)

University of Otago College of Education Award for Teaching Practice Excellence
- Summer Richards - BTchg (ECE)
- Hayden Ferrier - BTchg (Primary)
- Olivia Acklin - BTchg (Primary)
- Josie McPhail - BTchg (Primary)
- Summer Phillips - BTchg (Primary)
- Olivia Moore - BTchg (Primary)
- Duncan Cameron - BTchg (Te Pōkai Mātauranga o te Ao Rua)
- Jia Shen - MTchgLn (ECE)
- Emma Steed - MTchgLn (Primary)
- Joshua Garcia-Hernandez - MTchgLn (Secondary)
- Rutene Rickard - MTchgLn (Secondary)
- Rei Stokes - MTchgLn (Secondary)

Would all award/prize recipients listed above please email [email protected] to advise your postal address so that your certificates may be posted to you in January 2024.


Kā mihi nui to our newly graduated kaiako! We’ve had a fantastic day celebrating with our students today.

Cromwell College – Cromwell College – Whaia te taumata 17/11/2023

Vacancy for Science graduates

Cromwell College, located in the heart of Central Otago are looking for passionate and dedicated individuals to join their science department. They would like to hear from qualified individuals who may be interested in teaching Science - refer to:

For more information, you may contact Stuart Land, Head of Science - mobile: 0210602737, or contact the school, phone: 03 445 1121. Website:

Cromwell College – Cromwell College – Whaia te taumata We are proud of the education and the opportunities that we provide for our students and we know that this prepares them well for life beyond school. We pride ourselves on our dedicated staff, excellent facilities, friendly students, and quality programmes set amongst the stunning landscapes of Cent...



The prize was established in 2006 with funds donated by Philippa and Robert Miller.

Open to all students who are NZ citizens or NZ permanent residents enrolled their final year of study towards an ITE degree programme for teaching in the school sector, who demonstrate excellence on professional experience and exhibit a passion for teaching Science.

The Dean may award the Prize to up to three recipients each year ($250 per recipient plus a certificate).

Upon completion of the final professional experience placement, and confirmation of final results, complete an application form (available from AskOtago at the College of Education) and include supporting evidence, e.g. paper results, and you can login to Sonia and from the 'forms' tab you can retrieve copies of your professional experience reports from visiting lecturers and/or associate/mentor teachers.

Your application should provide a compelling argument for your nomination. Explain how you exhibit a passion for teaching science, and confirm you have achieved a pass in all of the prescribed papers for the final year of the programme in which you are enrolled in 2023.

Send your completed application and supporting evidence to [email protected].

Applications close at 5.00pm on Friday 24 November.


Māori and Pacific Bridging Scholarships for students entering first year of taught post-graduate study in the Division of Humanities.

Applications close on Monday 13th November.

Some key points:
• The scholarship is $10,000 plus a tuition fee waiver
• Applies to honours, postgraduate diploma, or coursework
master’s qualification in Humanities that includes a
research component of between 40 and 60 points, or an
equivalent course of study, such as the first year of a two-
year Master’s qualification
• Applicants must have a B average GPA
• Application forms are available from:
• Those students who make it to the second round will be
interviewed on Friday 24 November in person, or zoom if

Photos from University of Otago College of Education's post 03/11/2023

Staff and students are invited to come to Te Whāre Raupī and check out the awesome mahi from our second year ECE and Primary tauira from their EDCR203 and EDCR236 papers this semester.

Their mahi this semester has been a privilege to watch. This is the first time in Primary that there has been a paper fully grounded in te ao Māori and their connection, understanding and confidence in kaupapa me te reo Māori has been immense and beautiful!

So come and celebrate the mahi of our awesome manu tutetutue!


The focus of the meeting is the topic of feedback, for all interested students.


ERO's Education Evaluation Centre | Te Ihuwaka is conducting research into the experiences of new teachers (teachers who have graduated from their initial teacher education in the past three years). If you have completed your teacher education in the last three years, please complete this survey.

New Teachers survey - New teachers


Kukari is a quarterly bulletin written by the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand, specifically for student teachers to support them in their professional development journey. Topics in each edition vary, and are generally focused on sharing student voices, sharing the functions of the Teaching Council, and information about Ngā Tikanga Matatika, Ngā Paerewa | Our Code, Our Standards.

To sign up and to view previous editions:


Do you have a passion and enthusiasm for children's learning and thought about early childhood or primary teaching as a profession?

If you're a school leaver or interested in becoming a teacher but don't have a degree already, consider the Bachelor of Teaching:

Study early childhood or primary education at the Dunedin or Invercargill Campus, or Te Pōkai Mātauranga o te Ao Rua (primary bicultural education) at the Invercargill Campus.

Applications are still open for study in 2024, but close on 30 November 2023. Apply now!

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Dunedin campus: 145 Union Street East,
Tel 64 3 479 4914

Invercargill Campus: 100 Nelson Street,
Tel 64 3 211 6724

University of Otago Website:

Teacher Education Application Information:

International Students:

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