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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 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 arranged by the University of Auckland.

Update2 TER Pathways

TER Programme Cost

The cap on enrolments funded by the Ministry of Education has now been reached.

New enrolments may not be funded by the Ministry of Education.

Fees: Fast Track option: $1790

        Practicum Based option: $2495


2018 Programme Dates

2018 3 Day face-to-face workshops (9.00am - 4.30pm) Practicum in schools (4 weeks) Face-to-face workshop (9.00am - 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 Open  
TER6** 1 October - 3 October Start date 23 October 23 November 23 July  

**  Open to all primary teachers. Only open to secondary teachers employed in a school

* A Maori Medium TER programme will run with TER4 (starting on 21 May 2018) if there are sufficient enrolments.


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 Centre 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. 

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