Teacher Education Refresh (TER)

Te Ara Tu Whakaako

Gain or regain your full practising certificate.

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.


Programme delivery
Te ara tuku

The TER programme comprises four four-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 one or two weeks between each module.

There are usually two intakes a year (in February and July), and the programme must be completed within one year.

The four modules are offered in the sequence below but can be completed out of sequence within one year of starting. Students can go on hold for up to one year.


Admission requirements
Nga hiahiatanga tono

The TER programme is designed for two groups:

  • Provisionally certificated teachers who want to apply for another provisional practising certificate six 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.
  • Teachers who completed their initial teacher education qualification six 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 Vulnerable Children Act 2014.



Today’s and Tomorrow’s Learning Communities
Nga Hapori Ako o Naianei me Apopo
Curriculum, Assessment and Planning
Whakariterite – Marautanga, Aromatawai
The Professional Teacher – Belonging to a Profession
Te Kaiako Ringa Ngaio – Te Taumata o te Akoranga Ako
Supervised Practicum

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 for some time.