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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 (TER) for the Education Council 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, 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 New Zealand.

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 4-week practicum in a school (practicum is arranged by the University of Auckland).

Update2 TER Pathways

TER Funding

We understand the TER programme will continue to be funded by the Ministry of Education in 2019.

Details of 2019 TER programmes will be available soon.

2018 Programme Dates

2018 3-day face-to-face workshops (9am-4.30pm) Practicum in schools (4 weeks) Face-to-face workshop (9am - 4.30pm) Applications open Application close
TER1 22 January - 24 January 5 March - 29 March 6 April  Course Full Closed
TER2 26 February - 28 February 5 March - 29 March  27 April Course Full Closed
TER3 16 April - 18 April 21 May - 15 June 22 June Course Full Closed
TER4 21 May - 23 May

25 June - 3 August (secondary)

23 July - 17 August (primary)

24 August Course Full Closed
TER5 25 June  - 27 June

13 August - 7 September (primary)

20 August - 14 September (secondary)

21 September Course Full Closed
TER6 1 October - 3 October

23 October - 16 November (primary)

15 October - 9 November) secondary

23 November


Course Full



Participants will be required to attend all face-to-face sessions at Kohia Centre, Epsom, Auckland and must bring a laptop for these sessions to access the faculty wireless network (iPads, tablets or any other portable devices are not suitable for the online requirements). 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 of 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 University facilitator will be used to assess effective teaching practice.


Please complete and return Kohia TER form to or post it to Kohia Centre, TER Programme at Private Bag 99946, Newmarket 1149, Auckland, New Zealand. Please include a copy of your teaching qualification and your current curriculum vitae.

Following application, TER students will be required to attend a short interview. 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 as per the Vulnerable Children Act requirements
  • Give written consent for police vetting 
Kohia TER Form 2018.pdf
(432.4 kB, PDF)

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