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 2020.

2020 programme dates

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

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

TER 1 - 2020 (21 January 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


Now open

Applications 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


Now open

Applications close:

13 March 2020

TER3 - 2020 (28 April 2020 - 3 July 2020)

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

28 - 30 April 2020

4-week practicum in school

2 June - 26 June 2020

Face-to-face workshop 9am-4.30pm

3 July 2020

Applications open:

To be confirmed

TER4 - 2020 (29 June 2020 - 18 September 2020)

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

29, 30 June, 1 July 2020

4-week practicum in school

Primary: 10 August - 4 September 2020

Secondary: 17 August - 11 September 2020

Face-to-face workshop 9am-4.30pm

18 September 2020

Applications open:

To be confirmed

TER5 2020 is only available for primary teachers. Programme dates for TER5 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 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