Teacher education refresh

The Teacher Education Refresh (TER) is a Teaching Council programme designed for qualified teachers with previous, limited or no teaching experience, in particular:

  • Provisionally certificated teachers who have not completed a two year induction and mentoring programme to be eligible for a full practising certificate within 6 years of first becoming registered.
  • Qualified, non-practising teachers, who completed their training more than 6 years ago and who are now applying to become registered and issued with a provisional practising certificate.

To be issued with a full practising certificate, teachers must complete a two year induction and mentoring programme and demonstrate they meet the Code and Standards for the Teaching Profession.  If a person is unable to meet the requirements for a full practising certificate in the six year timeframe then they are required to complete a Teacher Education Refresh programme, ensuring they are up to date with current education initiatives, well-prepared to teach successfully and be able to be granted a further provisional practising certificate.

The Ministry is covering the costs of the TER programme until the end of June 2022.

How long does TER take to complete?

It is designed to be flexible so that each teacher completes only the modules they need, and can work while they study.

The Teaching Council has increased the options available for teachers taking the programme, with a fast track option included for teachers already in employment in a school or centre

The Teacher Education Refresh (TER) can be accessed by overseas teachers, who require it, to meet certification requirements with the Teaching Council.

In addition, support is provided to teachers, required to repeat or re-sit aspects of the TER programme, at no further cost.

For more information and to find a TER provider, visit the Teaching Council website.

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