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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 and secondary teachers who:

  • have graduated from an Initial Teacher Education programme but have not achieved a full practicing certificate within a six year period.
  • Or have trained overseas.
  • Or are returning to the workforce after a lengthy period.

Before enrolling, please confirm with the Education Council that you are required to complete a TER Programme.

Programme Dates 2017

2017 Programme  start date

First face-to-face component at Kohia

(daily 9.00am - 4.30pm)

Practicum in schools

Second face-to-face component at Kohia

(daily 9.00am - 4.30pm)

Applications open Application status
TER3 10 July  10 July - 13 July 14 August - 8 September 9 October - 12 October 1 May 2017 Closed
TER4* 2 October  2 October - 5 October 23 October - 17 November 4 December - 7 December 24 July 2017 Closed

Provisional Programme Dates 2018

2018 Programme start date

First face-to-face component at Kohia

(daily 9.00am - 4.30pm)

Practicum in schools

Second face-to-face component at Kohia

(daily 9.00am - 4.30pm)

Applications open Application status
TER1 22 January 22 January - 25 January 5 March - 29 March 23 April - 26 April 29 October 2017  
TER2 16 April 16 April - 19April 21 May - 15 June 16 July - 19 July 29 January 2018  
TER3 9 July  9 July - 12 July

13 August - 7 September (primary)

20 August - 14 September (secondary)

8 October - 11 October 30 April 2018  
TER4* 1 October 1 October - 4 October 23 October - 16 November 3 December - 6 December 23 July 2018  

* TER4 is restricted to:

  • all primary teachers
  • secondary teachers who are in permanent or long term relieving positions

About the Programme

Early enrolment is strongly advised as spaces are limited and each TER student must be police vetted. This process can take up to 6 weeks.

The TER programme will be delivered through a combination of:

  • Online modules
  • Face-to-face days of workshops at Kohia Centre, Epsom Campus in Auckland
  • A 20 day practicum organised by the Faculty of Education and Social Work (this practicum component can be completed at the school where the participant is already employed)

Course Structure

There are 4 modules:

  • The New Zealand Curriculum
  • Teaching as Inquiry
  • Assessment
  • Catering for Diverse learners

Click here to view the course outline and modules:


The cost for each participant is $4000 GST inclusive. 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.


Participants will need to:

  • Attend all face-to-face sessions at Kohia Centre, Epsom, Auckland.
  • 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)
  • Complete a 20 day continuous practicum
  • Have own transport to practicum schools

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 pass each assignment and to complete the practicum in accordance with the Graduating Teacher Standards

Questions: Please follow the link below to the Education Council website


Teacher Education Refresh Programme Application forms

Please fill in and return all of the forms to us at 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 before entering the programme. 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
  • Interviewed as part of the Vulnerable Children's Act requirements
  • Required to give written consent for police vetting

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