Teacher Education Refresh Programme

The University of Auckland, Faculty of Education and Social Work is one of the providers of the Teacher Education Refresh Programme (TER) for the Teaching Council 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, or 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. 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 rounds of this course - teachers only need to complete one of these rounds. (Please note secondary teachers are strongly advised to complete a TER programme early in 2019 as the TER 5 course is only open to secondary teachers employed in a school).

Teachers must complete the TER programme within one year of commencement.


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

4 - 6 June

4-week practicum in schools

24 June - 2 August (note that 8-21 July are school holidays)

Face-to-face workshop 9am-4.30pm

9 August

Applications close



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

Applications open

6 May

Applications close


Please note that the Māori-medium cohort will be offered with TER 4 if there is sufficient interest.


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

23 - 25 September

4-week practicum in schools

21 October - 15 November (primary)

TER 5 is open to all primary teachers but only open to secondary teachers who are already employed in a school.

Face-to-face workshop 9am-4.30pm

22 November

Applications open

17 June

Applications close

30 August


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 please 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. 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, please contact us.

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