Teacher Education Refresh (TER)
Te Ara Tū Whakaako

Gain or renew your practising certificate.


Register your interest in study here

Fill in the form linked above and we will email you when we open for applications for study starting in February 2021.

The TER programme is for early childhood teachers who have not gained a full practising certificate. The programme 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.

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.

Programme delivery
Te ara tuku

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 programme 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.

0800 244 532


The video below is a recording from a virtual open day and may help answer some questions you have.

Register interest here

Admission requirements
Ngā hiahiatanga tono

The TER programme is designed for two groups:

  1. Provisionally certificated teachers who want to apply for another provisional practising certificate 6 years or more after becoming registered. The programme will assist those who have limited or no teaching experience since completing their initial teacher education qualification to become up to date on current education initiatives and ensure they are well prepared to teach successfully.
  2. Teachers who completed their initial teacher education  qualification 6 years ago or more and are applying to become registered. Qualified but non-practising teachers are likely to have minimal teaching experience within the compulsory education system since they completed their qualification. This is because, 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 TER@educationcouncil.org.nz.

All applicants must undergo a children’s worker safety check as required under the Children Act 2014.

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