College of Education, University of Otago was established in 2007 through the merger of the University of Otago with the Dunedin College of Education. The College has the longest history of teacher education in New Zealand, the Dunedin College of Education (DCE) being established in 1876 for the training of primary teachers. The first classes at the University of Otago were taught in 1871. Teachers and those intending to teach comprised a significant proportion of students at Otago.
The University provided its first courses in education in 1905. Education has always been particularly highly valued in Otago, Dunedin also being the site of the first kindergartens and the first high school for girls in New Zealand. During the past 30 years the DCE expanded its teacher education programs to include undergraduate and postgraduate degrees and graduate diplomas in early childhood, primary and primary bilingual and secondary teacher education.
Campus at College of Education, University of Otago –
The University's main campus is located in Dunedin. The Dunedin campus is located close to the city centre and is surrounded by student housing. The vast majority of courses are offered here, including the only dental school in the country.
Why Choose College of Education?
- Achieving research excellence
- Achieving excellence in research informed teaching
- Ensuring outstanding campus environments and student experience
- Contributing to the national good and to international progress
- Strengthening external engagement
- Building and sustaining capacity
Facilities at College of Education, University of Otago –
- Dining Services
- Recreation Services
Student Life at College of Education, University of Otago –
UniCol is famous for its extensive social and activity calendar. The students' executive and the University College staff organize a varied program of social events during the year, beginning with a packed calendar during orientation week. Themed parties, the annual ski trip, the UniCol Ball and sporting and cultural interchanges with other colleges all feature on the University College yearly calendar.