Requesting a review of the requirement to complete the Teacher Education Refresh (TER) Programme
The TER programme will bring teachers up to date with shifts in the education system that have occurred over the last six years and ensure they are well prepared to teach successfully in New Zealand schools and early childhood settings. The purpose of the review process is to determine whether provisionally certificated teachers who would ordinarily be required to complete the TER programme can demonstrate that their professional knowledge and practice is up to date and they have been making significant progress towards meeting the Practising Teacher Criteria. The TER Curriculum forms the basis for this assessment, as it describes current education initiatives and the skills and attributes required to be an effective teacher. Teachers requesting a review will need to demonstrate that they have made significant progress towards meeting the Practising Teacher Criteria.
Who the review process is for
Teachers who have been employed in regular and ongoing teaching employment, and who have made significant progress towards meeting the Practising Teacher Criteria, may be able to demonstrate that their professional knowledge and practice is up to date. Teachers in this situation may seek a review by the Council of the requirement to complete the TER programme.
The review process requires the teacher to provide a comprehensive range of evidence and information, including a testimonial from a professional leader who has employed the teacher within the last three years.
Teachers requesting a review must:
- Provide all information and supporting evidence electronically (by email to TER@educationcouncil.org.nz)
- Curate evidence so that all information provided has relevance to the TER Review Framework
- Annotate all documents with a brief commentary explaining their relevance to the TER Review Framework
- Ensure all testimonials are on school/centre letterhead and signed by the professional leader
If you are considering a review, it is important that you read the framework setting out the evidence you will need to provide and the Council’s process for considering a request.
If you have completed an approved initial teacher education qualification within the last six years, or you anticipate that you will be able to meet the requirements to be issued with a full practising certificate before your provisional practising certificate is due to expire, contact the Council at TER@educationcouncil.org.nz to discuss your situation.