Info for teaching applicants
Before you begin your teaching journey, there are a few key steps you need to complete. We’re here to help along the way!
The Teaching Council Matatū Aotearoa requires you to complete some key steps prior to starting your teaching qualification to ensure that when you graduate, you can apply for provisional certification as a teacher in New Zealand.
We recommend applying early to allow plenty of time to complete the additional requirements.
Start your application
The first step is starting your application. You’ll need to include documents that provide proof of your academic history; as you fill out your application, we will tell you what documents we need. If you don’t have all your supporting documents yet, you can save your application and come back to it later.
You will need to ask two referees to submit a character reference about you. Referees must be people who know you well, but they cannot be a family member or friend. Examples of referees include:
- Careers advisers
- Sports coaches
- Members of organisations you belong to
- Youth group leaders
- Church members
After you complete your application to study, you’ll be instructed to download your referee form, which you can send to your two referees. Your referees will need to send the completed form directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Literacy and numeracy assessments
You will need to complete two short online assessments: literacy and numeracy. The literacy test (60 minutes) will involve reading an article and writing a short report about the key messages. The numeracy test (30 minutes) will involve basic mathematical concepts, such as addition, subtraction, finding equivalent fractions, multiplying decimals, understanding place value, and converting common fractions, decimals and percentages.
Once you’ve submitted your application, you’ll receive a link to the literacy and numeracy tests to complete. The instruction pages will give you more detail about the content of the assessments. You are welcome to use those instructions to study or prepare yourself before starting. Please allow two weeks for this process.
All applicants will take part in a group interview before beginning study. This is simply to get to know a bit about you, your skills and your ambitions as a teacher. You will interview alongside three other applicants, with three panel members (academic staff and education sector representatives). During your interview, you’ll rotate around to talk to each panel member individually and complete a simple writing exercise.
On your interview date, you will fill in a Police Vetting Service Request and Consent Form, in accordance with the Children’s Act 2014. Please remember to bring your two forms of identification.
We’ve put together some interview tips for Teacher Education programmes to help prepare you for your interview.
Before attending your interview, it’s important that you visit a school or early childhood centre (depending on the programme you’re applying for). This experience will give you an idea of what teaching is like and you will be asked about your observations during your interview.
Once you’ve received a conditional offer, we’ll send you a link to our upcoming interview dates. You can choose the interview slot that suits you best. If you’re living outside Auckland or if you’re not able to make it to a face-to-face interview, you can choose a Skype interview.
If you need to request an interview on a specific date, please email us in advance. We recommend that you get in early to avoid rushing the process at the last minute.
If you’ve lived in New Zealand for the past ten years, you don’t need to do anything. On your interview date, you will fill out the Police Vetting Service Request & Consent Form and we will follow through this process with NZ Police on your behalf. This process can take 3–6 weeks, so it’s best to arrange your interview as early as possible.
If you’ve lived overseas for a period of more than 12 months in the past ten years (not including any time under the age of 16), you will need to arrange a police report from that country. Please organise this as soon as possible to avoid delays in your application process.