The University of Otago College of Education, ranked first in Education in New Zealand based on a 2012 study, offers an exciting semester-long program for study abroad students. Dedicated to enhancing educational practice, the department offers study abroad students the opportunity to engage with its outstanding teachers, students, scholarship, research and professional leadership during the spring semester (NZ semester 1) only. The program consists of three courses focused on educational theory and taken alongside local students from the University of Otago College of Education. One course includes a 5-week practical experience observing and teaching in schools.


All students take the following two courses as part of program and then choose one additional course from the list of optional courses. These courses must be concurrently over a single, spring (NZ semester 1) semester.

EDUC 240: Education in Aotearoa New Zealand

Provides an introduction to education and children’s learning in the context of Aotearoa New Zealand. This course consists of on-campus classes to prepare you for your practicum experiences in local schools.

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Appreciate differences in learning arising from individual and cultural contexts (in particular comparing your own context with that of New Zealand).
  • Develop a critical awareness of the relationship between education, culture and society.
  • Describe and critique several theoretical frameworks for understanding the learning process
  • Understand how knowledge about learning can be implemented in educational settings.

EDPR 240: Engaging in Teaching

EDPR 240 provides a teaching experience and includes an introduction to professional, ethical, legal and practical aspects of teaching. Students will be placed in either Early Childhood (ages 1-6) or primary classrooms (ages 5-11) with observation and guidance from an experienced classroom teacher.

On successful completion of the course you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the professional, legal, ethical and practical components of teaching.
  • Plan, teach and evaluate learning experiences.
  • Critically reflect on your teaching experiences and identify aspects for improvement.
  • Establish and sustain effective professional relationships within an educational setting.
  • Link your developing understanding of teaching practice with theories of learning.

Please note that the EDPR teaching practicum is evaluated as a pass/fail course. No grades are awarded. Interested students will need to work with the study abroad or registrar’s office as your home school to ensure that pass/fail courses can be accepted for credit.

Program Eligibility

Applicants must be enrolled in an education department at their home institution.

Optional Courses Offered*:

EDSU 101: Celebrating Dance in Culture

EDSU 104: Children’s Literature: Origins and Issues

EDSU 105: Personal Health Education

EDSU 111: Children, Science and Play

EDUC 105: Disability Studies: An Introduction

MAJOR 102: Maori in Society: An Introduction

*Subject to change.