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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 four-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.

2019 Programme Dates


3-day face-to-face workshops 

(9am - 4.30pm)

Practicum in schools (4 weeks)

Face-to-face workshop 

(9am - 4.30pm)

Applications open Applications close
TER1 21 - 23 January 2019 4 - 29 March 2019 5 April 2019 Course full Closed
TER2 1 - 3 April 2019 6 - 31 May 2019 7 June 2019 January 2019 1 March 2019
TER3 4 - 6 June 2019 24 June - 2 August 2019 9 August 2019 To be confirmed (TBC) 3 May 2019
TER4* 24 - 26 June 2019

12 August - 6 September 2019 (primary)

19 August - 13 September 2019 (secondary)

20 September 2019 TBC 31 May 2019
TER5 23 - 25 September 2019

21 October - 15 November 2019 (primary)

** for teachers in schools only (secondary)

22 November 2019 TBC 30 August 2019 

* Māori medium cohort will be offered with TER4 if there is sufficient interest.

** Secondary teachers are strongly advised to complete a TER programme early in 2019. TER5 is only open to secondary school teachers who are employed in a school. 


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
(432.2 kB, PDF)

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