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Initial Teacher Education providers

All providers of teacher education programmes in New Zealand must meet specific requirements set out and managed by the Education Council.

Find ITE providers

There are 156 approved ITE programmes in New Zealand, delivered as 80 qualifications by  25 providers. Find them below

Programme approval requirements

Providers need to meet each requirement in the documentation they present to the Education Council and, in the case of the joint panels, to the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA). Programme applications are also required to show how the Graduating Teacher Standards are met in programme delivery and assessment.

Read the full ITE requirements (PDF, 860KB)

Read our papers  Strategic Options for Developing Future Orientated Initial Teacher Education and  Summary Options here.

Programme approval process

To have your ITE programme approved or reapproved you will need to follow the steps below.

1. Contact us

Contact the Teacher Education team at the Education Council. In the case of reapproval a panel must be held before the expiry date of the programme approval.

If you are a non-university institution/organisation, send programme documentation to both NZQA and the Education Council.

If you are a university, send your programme documentation to the Education Council only. Following a panel it will then be considered by the universities' quality assurance body, the Committee on University Academic Programmes (CUAP). You will also need to contact the Teacher Education team at the Education Council, to schedule a date for a panel visit.

For a panel visit to be scheduled in an academic year before the end of August this is best done by January of that year.

If you are a non university institution/organisation arrange a panel date with your quality assurance body (NZQA) and the Education Council.

2. The panel visit

The approval process is conducted by a panel of academic peers, sector representatives, a Māori representative, an institutional representative, and Quality Advisory Board (QAB) representatives. The process is one of peer review held at the applying institution. For universities, the Education Council appoints an independent panel chair and each body has a representative on the panel. NZQA makes arrangements with the institution and the Education Council.

3. Panel process

At the ITE provider's campus the panel meets with management, institutional programme leaders, academic teaching staff, advisory groups' external members, associate teachers, recent graduates from that institution, and current students, to evaluate the suitability of the proposed programme and the institution's capability to deliver it.

For approval of a new programme this is likely to be a two and a half day process. For reapproval it is likely to take one and a half days.

A report is written and sent to the appropriate quality assurance body/bodies recommending the approval of the programme. The report may have requirements that the institution must give serious consideration to meeting certain recommendations. The recommendations for approval will not go to the Council until all the requirements have been met.

The report is sent to the Manager: Teacher Education at the Education Council for the Chief Executive to present the recommendation for approval to a meeting of the Council. The Council then considers the report to make a final decision as to granting approval (or not) for recognition that its graduates will be eligible for teacher certification.

4. External monitoring

A suitable external monitor is appointed by the Council to be responsible for evaluating the ongoing delivery of the programme as it is implemented, as well as following up any recommendations from the panel report. The external monitor writes an annual report for the Education Council for newly approved programmes. Monitoring is every two years for those with continuing approval.

5. Programme review

Programmes are reviewed every six years by a review panel.

Find out more

Guidelines for documentation for initial teacher education programmes