Teacher Education Refresh Programme

Your provider of the Teacher Education Refresh (TER) Programme for the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand.

This course is aimed at primary, secondary and Māori-medium trained teachers who have graduated from an initial teacher education programme but have not achieved a full practising certificate within five years of qualifying, are returning to a teaching career after a lengthy period away from the classroom or have trained overseas.

Note: Before enrolling, please make an application for a new practising certificate and confirm with the Teaching Council whether you are required to complete a TER and if your place is funded by the Ministry of Education. If you trained as a teacher in another country, please check the Teaching Council's information for overseas teachers.

Programme structure

TER participants will follow one of the two pathways:

Fast track option

For teachers presently in full-time permanent or full-time fixed-term teaching positions. (Applicants must provide a letter from their school confirming their employment and acknowledging the applicant's involvement in the TER programme).

Practicum-based option

Teachers not currently employed in a full-time teaching position in a school will be required to complete a four-week practicum in a school (practicum is arranged by the University of Auckland).

We offer five different TER programmes each year - teachers need to complete only ONE of them. For details of Maori Medium TER options please email kohia@auckland.ac.nz  

2023 programme dates

TER5 2023 (11 September 2023 - 17 November 2023)

Secondary teachers not currently employed in a teaching position are strongly encouraged to complete a TER course earlier in 2023

3-day face-to-face workshops 9am -4.30pm (No online alternative available):

11, 12, 13 September 2023

4-week practicum in school:

16 October 2023 - 10 November 2023

Face-to-face workshop 9am-4.00pm (Online alternative available for out of Auckland participants):

17 November 2023

Applications open 17 June 2023

Applications closed.

2024 programme dates

TER1 2024 (24 January 2024 - 05 April 2024)

3-day face-to-face workshops 9am -4.30pm (No online alternative available):

24, 25, 26 January 2024

4-week practicum in school:

04 March 2024 – 28 March 2024

Online end of programme meeting and tasks

05 April 2024

Applications now open.

Applications close: 06 December 2023

TER2 2024 ( 11 March 2024 – 07 June 2024)

3-day face-to-face workshops 9am -4.30pm (No online alternative available):

11, 12, 13 March 2024

4-week practicum in school:

06 May 2024 – 31 May 2024

Online end of programme meeting and tasks

07 June 2024

Applications open: 11 December 2023

Applications close: 01 March 2024

Other 2024 cohort dates will be released early in 2024.


Participants will be required to attend all face-to-face sessions at the University of Auckland and must bring a laptop/portable device for these sessions to access the faculty wireless network. There is an expectation that all online modules and assignments will be completed by the due date throughout the programme.

Outcomes for participants

The Teacher Education Refresh Programme is a pass/fail programme.

Successful participants will be presented with a certificate of completion. Course completion requires the participant to have completed all online tasks to the required standard. It also requires attendance at all face-to-face workshops and effective teaching practice in accordance with the Standards of the Teaching Profession. A practicum report from an associate teacher and a lesson observation by a TER facilitator will be used to assess effective teaching practice.


To enrol in our programme complete:

Teacher Education Refresh enrolment form

The University of Auckland will take responsibility for finding a suitable practicum placement in your preferred area. Following application, TER participants will be required to attend a short interview/ chat via Zoom.

For more information contact us:

Phone: 09 623 8977
Email: kohia@auckland.ac.nz