In intermediate and secondary schools throughout New Zealand, technology subjects celebrate hands-on, practical skills alongside problem solving, theory and creativity.
For this reason, Otago Polytechnic degree programmes have been identified as ideal qualifications for people intending to become, or who are already employed as, technology teachers. Like technology teaching itself, these degrees centre on the idea of applied education. So as well as ensuring a good underpinning in the principles of your discipline, the ability to create links to real-world research and results is critical.
Capable Teachers offers pathways enabling you to teach in the intermediate and secondary subject areas of technology and home economics. Technology is a broad area that includes hard and soft materials and food.
Teachers in hard materials will work with students to create and problem-solve using metals, plastics, wood – and other materials as circumstances and creativity demand. To become qualified in this area, you will study the Bachelor of Design (Product).
Soft materials can include textiles, fabric and fashion. Those wishing to focus on the textiles and design aspects of this curriculum will study the Bachelor of Design (Fashion).
If you’re planning to inspire the next generation’s prowess in the kitchen, you will need to study the Bachelor of Culinary Arts. This qualifies you to teach in all the food-related secondary subjects, including food technology, home economics and hospitality.
In doing so, you will gain access to Otago Polytechnic's outstanding facilities, including the Product Development Centre and our high-spec commercial kitchen, and have the opportunity to present your work through exhibitions, competitions and events.
Once you have completed your chosen degree, you will undertake the Graduate Diploma in Teaching at the University of Otago College of Education.
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