The University of Otago College of Education is a teacher-training facility that is part of the University of Otago in Dunedin. It was formed on 1 January 2007 through a merger of the University of Otago's Faculty of Education with the Dunedin College of Education. The College of Education's main campus is in Dunedin but has a satellite campus in Invercargill.
The University of Otago College of Education operates from its own campus close to, but not contiguous with, the main university campus, opposite Logan Park in Dunedin North. Between them, the University of Otago, Dunedin College of Education, Otago Polytechnic, Otago School of Medicine, and Otago School of Dentistry form one large extended campus which covers some 80 hectares of Dunedin North. The college shares some facilities with the polytechnic, which lies immediately to its northwest. The college's location in Dunedin is significant, as that city has long had a history of education pioneering in New Zealand, with the country's first university, first medical school, first kindergarten, and first single-sex high school for girls.
The College of Education's predecessor was the Dunedin College of Education, which was founded in 1876 and is the oldest teacher training facility in New Zealand. The University of Otago began providing teacher training courses in 1905. In 1976, the University of Otago and the College of Education introduced a joint Bachelor of Education (BEd) programme which included jointly-taught BA and BEd courses. This co-operation continued until tertiary education reforms of the mid 1990s, after which the university offered its own B.Ed. degree course.
In 2002, the Dunedin College of Education and University of Otago entered into talks to merge the two institutions to avoid the duplication of teaching courses and programs. In August 2006, the Tertiary Education Minister Michael Cullen formerly approved the merger of the two educational institutions, stating that it would come into effect in January 2007. As a result of these changes, the newly formed University of Otago College of Education acquired the former assets of the Dunedin College of Education including its Dunedin and Invercargill campuses and the Robertson Library, which is shared with Otago Polytechnic.
Notes and references
- "History of the College of Education". University of Otago College of Education. Archived from the original on 26 January 2019. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
- "Campuses Information Locations and Maps". University of Otago College of Education. Archived from the original on 27 January 2019. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
- "2002: University and college of education agree merger is best option". Otago Daily Times. 2 February 2002. Archived from the original on 12 March 2019. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
- Cullen, Michael. "Mergers of Colleges of Education approved". Beehive.govt.nz. New Zealand Government. Archived from the original on 21 February 2019. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
- "Bill Robertson Library refurbishment". University of Otago. 4 November 2009. Archived from the original on 24 May 2010. Retrieved 7 April 2010. Cite uses deprecated parameter
- Keen, D. (2001) In a class of its own: The story of a century and a quarter of teacher education at the Dunedin Training College, Dunedin Teachers' College and the Dunedin College of Education. Dunedin: Dunedin College of Education.
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