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Teacher Education Refresh (TER) Programme

Teacher Education Refresh (TER) Programme

TER STORIES

You can read teachers TER experiences here.

The Teaching Council expects all Tōmua certificated teachers to complete the teaching service requirements to meet the Standards for the Teaching Profession and be issued with Tūturu (Full Category One) certification within five years of becoming registered. This requires teachers to either demonstrate meeting the Standards for the Teaching Profession to be issued with Tūturu (Full Category One) certification or complete a Teacher Education Refresh (TER) programme within a specified timeframe provides assurance of teacher competence and will lead to improved outcomes for ākonga.

DO I NEED TO DO TER?

  • You’re likely to be required to complete a TER programme if you: 
  •  are applying for your first practising certificate and your ITE qualification was completed more than five years ago; OR 
  • held a Tōmua (Provisional) practising certificate and you have not taught in the last five years; OR 
  • have already held two Tōmua (Provisional) practising certificates and you are applying for a third; OR 
  • are an overseas teacher and your education qualification was completed more than five years ago and you have not had significant teaching service in the last five years.
  • you may also be required to undertake a TER if you have held Tūturu (Full Category One) or Pūmau Full (Category Two) but not taught for a length of time.  

If you have questions, please email TER@teachingcouncil.nz

FUNDING

The Government has extended its commitment to covering the cost of teachers completing Teacher Education Refresh (TER) programmes.

To be eligible for government funding you’re required to complete a TER programme. Please discuss this with the TER provider.

REQUESTING A REVIEW OF THE REQUIREMENT TO COMPLETE THE TER PROGRAMME

In some situations, provisionally certificated teachers may be able to demonstrate that their professional knowledge and practice is up to date and they are well prepared to teach. Read more

TER PROVIDERS 

University of Auckland

Sector: Primary and Secondary
Medium: English and Māori
Regional coverage: National

Contact information:

Anca Popovici
Course and Conference Administrator
09 623 8977
Email: kohia@auckland.ac.nz
 

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Open Polytechnic  of New Zealand

Sector: Early Childhood, Primary and Secondary
Medium: English
Regional coverage: National

Contact information:

Karen Kane
Programme Delivery Manager
Email: ter@openpolytechnic.ac.nz

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Te Rito Maioha - Early Childhood New Zealand

Sector: Early Childhood Education
Medium: English and Māori
Regional coverage: National

Contact information:

Margarette Cantwell
Phone: 09 263 9750
Email: Margarette.Cantwell@ecnz.ac.nz

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Institute of Registered Music Teachers NZ

Sector: ECE, Primary and Secondary (music teachers only)
Medium: English
Regional coverage: National

Contact information:

Wendy Hunt
Course Coordinator
Email: irmtter@gmail.com
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