Teacher Education Refresh Programme

Your provider of the Teacher Education Refresh 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 a six-year period, are returning to the workforce after a lengthy period 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 2019.

2019 programme dates

We offer five different intakes of this course - teachers only need to complete one of these intakes.

Note: teachers must complete the TER programme within one year of commencement.

TER 4 - 2019 (24 June 2019 to 20 September 2019)

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

24 - 26 June 2019

4-week practicum in schools

Primary: 12 August - 6 September

Secondary: 19 August - 13 September

Face-to-face workshop 9am-4.30pm

20 September

TER 5 - 2019 (23 September 2019 - 22 November 2019)

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

23 - 25 September

4-week practicum in schools

21 October - 15 November

Face-to-face workshop 9am-4.30pm

22 November

Applications closed

2020 programme dates

TER 1 - 2020 (21 Januray 2020 - 3 April 2020)

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

21 - 23 January 2020

4-week practicum in schools

2 March -  27 March 2020

Face-to-face workshop 9am-4.30pm

3 April 2020

Application open now

Application close:

13 December 2019

TER2 - 2020 (30 March 2020 - 5 June 2020)

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

30 March - 1 April 2020

4-week practicum in school

4 May - 29 May 2020

Face-to-face workshop 9am-4.30pm

5 June 2020

Application open:

Application close:

13 March 2020

Programme dates for TER 3, 4 and 5 2020 will be available soon


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 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 University 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 applicatiion 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