Teacher Education Refresh (TER)
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Gain or renew your practising certificate.


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The TER programme is a teacher refresher course for early childhood teachers who have not gained a full practising certificate. The TER course could also be of interest to primary-trained teachers who want to learn more about working in ECE or internationally qualified early childhood teachers who want to learn more about the New Zealand environment.

Teacher Education Refresh 

TER programme delivery
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The TER programme comprises four 4-week modules over a 20-week period. It comprises three modules of self-directed online learning and one supervised practicum module. There is a break of 1 or 2 weeks between each module. There are usually two intakes a year in February and July, and the TER course must be completed within a year. The four modules are offered in the sequence below but can be completed out of sequence within 1 year of starting although students can go on hold for up to 1 year.

Programme structure

Practicum: Participants should follow one of two pathways

Option 1:  Practicum-based option
Teachers not currently employed in a full-time teaching position in an ECE service will be required to complete a 4-week practicum in a centre.

Option 2:  Fast-track option
Teachers in full-time permanent or full-time fixed-term teaching positions (minimum 30 hours per week) for 12 months at the time of enrolment will not be required to complete a 4 week practicum in a centre. They will be required to undertake a practicum visit.

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Study commencing Semester 1, 2023

16 January 2023

Admission requirements
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You are likely to be required to complete a TER programme if you:

  1. are applying for your first practising certificate and your ITE qualification was completed more than 5 years ago
  2. held a Tōmua (Provisional) practising certificate and you have not taught in the last 5 years
  3. have already held two Tōmua (Provisional) practising certificates and you are applying for a third
  4. are an overseas teacher and your education qualification was completed more than 5 years ago and you have not had significant teaching service in the last 5 years.

You may also be required to undertake a TER if you have held a Tūturu (Full Category One) or Pūmau Full (Category Two) practising certificate but not taught for a length of time.

For most teaching positions in New Zealand, it is a requirement to have a current practising certificate. If you have questions or want to discuss your individual situation, please email [email protected]

All applicants must:

  • undergo a children’s worker safety check as required under the Children’s 2014, including police vetting
  • submit an application to Teaching Council to renew your registration.

There is no set weekly early childhood service attendance requirement for this programme, but spending some time in a centre is recommended, especially if you have not worked as a teacher recently.

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