Teacher Education Refresh (TER) Programme

We've collected a number of stories from teachers, describing their experience of the TER course in their own words. You can read these here.

The Council expects all provisionally certificated teachers to complete the teaching service requirements to meet the Practising Teacher Criteria and be issued with a full practising certificate within six years of becoming registered. Requiring teachers to either demonstrate meeting the Practising Teacher Criteria to be issued with a full practising certificate, or complete the Teacher Education Refresh (TER) programme within a specified timeframe provides assurance of teacher competence and will lead to improved outcomes for ākonga.

The TER programme has been designed for two groups. 

Provisionally certificated teachers who want to apply for another provisional practising certificate six years or more after becoming registered

  • The TER programme will assist those who have limited or no teaching experience since completing their initial teacher education qualification, to become up to date on current education initiatives and ensure they are well prepared to teach successfully.  Provisionally certificated teachers who have not been able to be issued with a full practising certificate six years or more after first registering are likely to have had limited teaching experience.  

Teachers who completed their initial teacher education qualification six years ago or more, and are applying to become registered.

  • Qualified but non-practising teachers are likely to have minimal teaching experience within the compulsory education system since they completed their qualification.  This is because for most teaching positions in New Zealand it is a requirement to have a current practising certificate.  

If teachers are unsure if they need to complete the TER programme they can check using our new online tool. If they have questions, or wish to discuss their individual situations, they should email TER@educationcouncil.org.nz

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning can be considered by the TER programme provider when one year of evidenced induction and mentoring has been completed within the previous three years.  Contact your TER programme provider for further information.

Requesting a review of the requirement to complete the TER programme

The Council recognises that in some situations provisionally certificated teachers may be able to demonstrate that their professional knowledge and practice is up to date and they are well prepared to teach. Read more

Find a TER Provider

What sector do you plan to teach in?

ECE Primary Secondary

What type of setting do you plan to teach in?

English medium Māori medium
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Te Rito Maioha Early Childhood New Zealand

Margarette Cantwell

Programme Coordinator

09 263 9750 margarette.cantwell@ecnz.ac.nz Visit the website for more information
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University of Auckland Uniservices

Anca Popovici

Course and Conference Administrator

09 623 8899 Extension: 48485

a.popovici@auckland.ac.nz

Visit the website for more information

University of Waikato

University of Waikato

Liz Reinsfield

Coordinator Teacher Education Refresh Programme

07 838 4500 teacher.refresh@waikato.ac.nz Visit the website for more information

All TER providers:

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Te Rito Maioha Early Childhood New Zealand

Sector: Early childhood education

Medium: English and Māori

Regional coverage: National

Contact information

Margarette Cantwell

Programme Coordinator

09 263 9750 margarette.cantwell@ecnz.ac.nz Visit the website for more information
University of Auckland Uniservices logo

University of Auckland Uniservices

Sector: Primary and Secondary

Medium: English

Regional coverage: Greater Auckland and north of Auckland

Contact information

Anca Popovici

Course and Conference Administrator

09 623 8899 Extension: 48485

a.popovici@auckland.ac.nz Visit the website for more information
University of Waikato

University of Waikato

Sector: Primary and Secondary

Medium: English and Māori

Regional coverage: Māori medium is national; English medium is South of greater Auckland.

Contact information

Liz Reinsfield

Coordinator Teacher Education Refresh Programme

07 838 4500 teacher.refresh@waikato.ac.nz Visit the website for more information