Teacher Education Refresh Programme

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

We cannot take enrolments from overseas-based teachers because of the New Zealand border closures currently  in place due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

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 a six-year period, 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).

The TER programme will continue to be funded by the Ministry of Education in 2020.

2020 programme dates

We offer five different TER programmes each year - teachers need to complete only one of them.

A Māori medium TER programme, beginning in June 2020, will run if there is sufficient interest.

TER5 - 2020 (21 September 2020 - 20 November 2020)

TER5 2020 is available for primary teachers and Fast Track secondary teachers. However, a limited number of secondary practicums may be available in term 4. Alternatively secondary teachers can start TER5 and complete the practicum component in term 1 2021.

3-day face-to-face workshops 9am-4.00pm

21, 22, 23 September 2020

4-week practicum in school

19 October - 13 November 2020

Face-to-face workshop 9am-4.00pm

20 November 2020

Applications closed

TER6 (23 November 2020 - 09 April 2021)

3-day face-to-face workshops 9am-4.30pm

23, 24, 25 November 2020

4-week practicum in school

4-weeks in March 2020 (exact dates to be advised)

Face-to-face workshop 9am-4.00pm

09 April 2020

Applications now open

Closing date:

23 October 2020


Participants will be required to attend all face-to-face sessions at Kohia Centre, Epsom, Auckland and must bring a laptop/portable device for these sessions to access the faculty wireless network. There is an expectation that all online tasks through our online platform 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 Professional Teaching Standards. 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 students will be required to attend a short interview after which we can confirm their TER enrolment. The interview is face-to-face at Kohia Centre or by Skype for those outside Auckland. At the interview applicants will be required to:

  • Provide proof of identity
  • Answer questions related to the Vulnerable Children Act requirements
  • Give written consent for police vetting
  • Confirm they have made an application to the Teaching Council for a new practising certificate


For more information contact us:

Phone: 09 623 8977 ext 1
Email: kohia@auckland.ac.nz