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Becoming a teacher

A career in teaching means having the chance to make a real difference in young people's lives, actively participate in a learning community and help shape New Zealand as a bi-cultural nation. Teaching is a rewarding profession where no two days are the same and your work makes a real difference. If you’re thinking about teaching, this section is a great place to start.

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Getting certificated

A current practising certificate shows employers, colleagues, learners and the wider community that a teacher is qualified, safe and competent. There are different categories of practising certificates to show how recently a teacher has met the Practising Teacher Criteria, or whether they are yet to meet them.

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Practising as a teacher

Find out about practising as a teacher in New Zealand, from ongoing professional development to research projects and the Code of Professional Responsibility and Standards for the Teaching Profession. Teaching is a dynamic and challenging profession. Teachers have a professional obligation to develop and maintain professional relationships with a diverse range of learners, communicate with parents and whānau, act ethically, promote positive values and maintain and raise professional standards.

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Conduct and competence

The integrity of our profession relies on robust processes that give the public peace of mind, knowing teachers meet high ethical standards and are fit to teach. The Education Council is responsible for investigating, and if necessary exercising disciplinary functions, relating to teacher conduct, convictions and competence.

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About us

We are the professional organisation for teachers - from early childhood education through to primary and secondary schooling in English and Māori medium schools. We’ll promote all that’s best about teaching – good practice, new ideas, inspirational leadership.

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