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  

2024 programme dates


TER3 2024 ( 1 May 2024 – 12 July 2024)

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

1, 2, 3 May 2024

4-week practicum in school:

10 June – 5 July 2024

Online end of programme meeting and tasks

12 July 2024

Applications open: 19 February 2024

Applications closed: 10 April 2024 


We will advise the details of future TER cohorts when we receive funding clarification from the Ministry of Education

TER4 2024 ( 19 June 2024 – 06 September 2024)

This will be the last TER in 2024 for practicum-based secondary teachers.

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

19, 20, 21 June 2024

4-week practicum in school:

05 August – 30 August 2024

Online end of programme meeting and tasks

06 September 2024

Applications are now closed as we have reached capacity

*Applications may close before 29 May if we reach capacity. Early applications encouraged.


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.



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 may be required to attend a short interview/chat via Zoom.

For more information contact us:

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