Otago Polytechnic



Certificate in Bicultural Competency (Level 4)

  • Online with face-to-face workshops in Dunedin
  • Two years, part-time
  • Level 4
  • Starts to be confirmed for 2021
  • Apply anytime

Develop a practical knowledge of te reo and tikanga Māori as appropriate within the workplace, and Te Tiriti o Waitangi (Treaty of Waitangi) and its socio-political impact within iwi and location-specific contexts in Aotearoa. Deepen your understanding of your own position in a bi-cultural New Zealand context by building a base upon which to develop your cultural competency skills. This certificate is intended for individuals who are working in any public or private entity that states that it is a responsive Treaty partner. Cultural competency has been identified as a key factor in developing organisational effectiveness; it is also an important global transferable skill. The learning and knowledge you therefore gain during this certificate will enhance your employment opportunities both within Aotearoa and internationally. 

New Zealand Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 3)

  • Dunedin
  • Six months full-time
  • Level 3
  • Starts February
  • Apply until start date

This introductory programme is replacing the Certificate in Early Childhood Studies (Level 3) from 2019. It includes 60 hours of work placements and will help you gain the core skills and knowledge needed to participate in the education and care of infants, toddlers and young children in entry-level carer roles in a range of early childhood contexts. Upon successful completion, progress into our Level 4 qualification.

New Zealand Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 4)

  • Dunedin with work placements
  • Six months
  • Level 4
  • Starts July
  • Apply until start date

Educators are always in demand and teaching skills are highly transferable. Build on the skills and knowledge you developed at Level 3, further preparing you for employment in the early childhood sector. Alternatively, this programme could act as a pathway into higher level learning, leading to a teaching qualification.


Graduate Diploma in Tertiary Education (Level 7)

  • Dunedin (blended learning: online, distance learning and on-campus activities)
  • One year full-time; two years part-time
  • Level 7
  • Starts - flexible (with some scheduled start dates aswell)
  • Apply anytime

If you would like to study flexibly towards a teaching qualification in tertiary education, we can offer you a stimulating programme relevant to your teaching context. You will be able to study in a way that suits your schedule and responsibilities and, as a graduate, you will be able to design and facilitate inclusive learning in your tertiary cultural context. Experienced tertiary educators may wish to access the Independent Learning Pathway (ILP) pathway offered by Capable NZ.


Introduction to Te Tiriti o Waitangi workshop

  • Dunedin
  • Two days
  • Starts 16-17 March, 7-8 July, 14-15 September and 3-4 November 2021
  • Apply anytime

This two day workshop provides an environment in which you can explore the Treaty of Waitangi/Te Tiriti o Waitangi and its implications in a non-confrontational, collaborative process.