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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 for the Education Council New Zealand.

This course is aimed at primary, secondary and Maori medium trained teachers who have graduated from an Initial Teacher Education programme but have not achieved a full practicing certificate within a six year period, or are returning to the workforce after a lengthy period or have trained overseas.

Note: Before enrolling, please confirm with the Education Council that you are required to complete a TER Programme. If you are an overseas trained teacher please check: Teachers New to NZ

Programme structure

TER participants will follow one of the two pathways:

Fast Track Option- for teachers presently in full time permanent or fixed term teaching positions.

Practicum Based Option - teachers not currently employed in schools will be required to complete a 3 week practicum in a school arranged by the University of Auckland. This may extend to 4 weeks if required.

TER Programme structure

TER Programme Cost

Fast Track Option: $1790.00. Fast track applicants must provide a letter from their school confirming full time employment and agreeing to support the teacher throughout the programme.

Practicum Based Option: $2495.00

(Both these figures include a $200 enrolment fee)

Full payment must be made before the course starts. Once participants have begun the course, no refunds will be issued.

Please note that fees are not eligible for Studylink funding as this is a non-credit course.

2018 Programme Dates

2018 3 Day face-to-face workshops (9.00am - 4.30pm) Practicum in schools (3 - 4 weeks) Face-to-face workshop (9.00am - 4.30pm) Applications open Application close
TER1 22 January - 24 January Start date 5 March  6 April Open 14 December 2017
TER2 16 April - 18 April Start date 21 May  22 June 29 January 2018  
TER3* 9 July - 11 July

Start date 13 August - (primary)

Start date 20 August - (secondary)

14 September 30 April 2018  
TER4 1 October - 3 October Start date 23 October 23 November 23 July 2018  

*A Maori Medium TER programme is included in the July programme. An earlier Maori Medium TER programme may run should there be substantial interest.


Participants will need to attend all face-to-face sessions at Kohia Centre, Epsom, Auckland and bring a laptop for the face-to-face sessions to access the faculty wireless network connection (iPads, tablets or any other portable devices are not suitable for the online requirements of this programme). Participants will also be required to complete online tasks and assignments throughout the programme.

Outcomes for participants

The Teacher Education Refresh Programme is a pass / fail programme.

If successful, participants will be presented with a certificate of completion. Course completion will require the participant to complete all online tasks to the required standard and demonstrate effective teaching practice.


Please complete and return all of the forms to or post them to Kohia Centre, TER Programme at Private Bag 99946 Newmarket 1149 Auckland, New Zealand.

Please include as well a copy of your teaching qualification and your CV.

Following application, TER students will be required for a short interview. The interview is face-to-face at Kohia or by Skype for those outside of Auckland. At the interview applicants will be required to:

  • provide proof of identity
  • answer questions as per the Vulnerable Children's Act requirements
  • give written consent for police vetting. Please note there is a $200 fee on enrolment that is deducted from the total cost.


For more information contact us on phone 09 623 8977 or email