Returning to teaching after a break

If you’re qualified but no longer teaching, now is a great time to consider returning.

There is currently high demand for teachers in certain subjects, such as secondary teachers in subjects including Sciences, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, and in certain locations, such as remote or rural regions.

There is also a shortage of te reo Māori and Māori-medium kaiako.

Teachers are also in demand for relief teaching.

Support for returning to teaching

A Teacher Supply package was recently announced to support getting more teachers into the classroom. For more information, visit Domestic Relocation Grant.

You can find out more about teaching opportunities in New Zealand from the Education Gazette.

Qualifications and registration

All teachers in New Zealand schools must be registered with the Teaching Council and have a current practising certificate.

If you are a teacher and have been out of the classroom for some time, you may need retraining to bring yourself up to date with curriculum developments and other changes.

Retraining courses for early learning and school teachers are offered through a range of TER providers.

New Zealand Teachers Council New Zealand Education Gazette New Zealand Qualifications Authority Immigration New Zealand