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Initial Teacher Education providers

All providers of teacher education programmes in New Zealand must meet specific requirements set out and managed by the Teaching Council.

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There are 156 approved ITE programmes in New Zealand, delivered as 80 qualifications by  25 providers. Find them below

Programme approval requirements

Providers need to meet each requirement in the documentation they present to the Teaching Council and, in the case of the joint panels, to the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA). Programme applications are also required to show how the Graduating Teacher Standards are met in programme delivery and assessment.

Read the full ITE requirements (PDF, 584KB)

Read our papers: 

Statement: ITE Programme Approval, Monitoring and Review Requirements (2018)

Approval Requirements for Achievement Against the Standards (with Support), December 2018: A framework for assessing whether ITE students meet the Standards (with support), developed by Graeme Aitken and Claire Sinnema from Auckland University.

Also developed by Graeme Aitken and Claire Sinnema:

Strategic Options for Developing Future Orientated Initial Teacher Education

Summary Options

Programme approval process

A transitional ITE programme review and monitoring process has been put in place for programmes due for review between now and the end of 2020.  This is part of the lead up to having all programmes approved under new ITE Programme Approval Requirements.  The transitional process aims to minimise time and cost for ITE providers so that they can focus on designing their programmes under the new Requirements.  This transitional process replaces current policy as set out in the Approval, Review and Monitoring Processes and Requirements for Initial Teacher Education Programmes policy.

If your programme is due for a panel review between now and 2020, you have two choices:

  • To undergo a panel review as you would normally
  • To apply for a light-handed review as the time for the programme review approaches. 

A light-handed review is an option if programme monitoring is up to date (or if there are extenuating circumstances as to why this is not the case).  If you opt for a light-handed review, you will need to undertake a self-assessment and send it to the Teaching Council approximately six months prior to programme expiry.

The self-assessment will:

  • demonstrate that the programme is being delivered as it was approved, and in accordance with the existing Requirements
  • list any changes made to the programme since its last review (or initial approval if a review has not yet occurred)
  • provide evidence about the actions that have been taken in response to any recommendations or concerns raised by the monitor in their last report
  • outline what future changes are planned to the programme over the transition period to the new Requirements
  • outline how they will ensure a smooth transition to a new programme, such as the current plan and timeline for the final intake of students for their existing programmes.

The template for a self-assessment can be found here.

The Teaching Council will consider the above information, and where we have any concerns about the delivery of the programme, a review panel will be convened as per the current review process.  This action will only be undertaken after discussion with the provider. The panel will focus on what actions need to be taken to ensure that the programme is delivered in accordance with the existing Requirements through the transition period.

If, as a result of the light-handed review, the Teaching Council is satisfied that the programme is meeting expectations, it will continue to be approved until approval is withdrawn by the Council as part of the transition to having all programmes approved under the new published Programme Approval Requirements.

Monitoring will continue as scheduled on existing programmes, except for in the last year that a programme is being delivered, at which point monitoring will not be required.  If you have a programme that is overdue for a monitoring visit, you need to arrange to have one as soon as reasonably possible.

A programme due for review from 2021 onwards will be subject to a panel review at the scheduled review time and will meet the new programme requirements.


To have your ITE programme approved or reapproved you will need to follow the steps below.

1. Contact us

Contact the Teacher Education team at the Teaching Council. In the case of reapproval, a panel must be held before the expiry date of the programme approval.

If you are a non-university institution/organisation, send programme documentation to both NZQA and the Teaching Council.

If you are a university, send your programme documentation to the Teaching Council only. Following a panel, it will then be considered by the universities' quality assurance body, the Committee on University Academic Programmes (CUAP). You will also need to contact the Teacher Education team at the Teaching Council, to schedule a date for a panel visit.

For a panel visit to be scheduled in an academic year before the end of August this is best done by January of that year.

If you are a non-university institution/organisation arrange a panel date with your quality assurance body (NZQA) and the Teaching Council.

2. The panel visit

The approval process is conducted by a panel of academic peers, sector representatives, a Māori representative, an institutional representative, and Quality Advisory Board (QAB) representatives. The process is one of peer review held at the applying institution. For universities, the Teaching Council appoints an independent panel chair and each body has a representative on the panel. NZQA makes arrangements with the institution and the Teaching Council.

3. Panel process

At the ITE provider's campus, the panel meets with management, institutional programme leaders, academic teaching staff, advisory groups' external members, associate teachers, recent graduates from that institution, and current students, to evaluate the suitability of the proposed programme and the institution's capability to deliver it.

For approval of a new programme, this is likely to be a two and a half day process. For reapproval, it is likely to take one and a half days.

A report is written and sent to the appropriate quality assurance body/bodies recommending the approval of the programme. The report may have requirements that the institution must give serious consideration to meeting certain recommendations. The recommendations for approval will not go to the Teaching Council until all the requirements have been met.

The report is sent to the Manager: Teacher Education at the Teaching Council for the Chief Executive to present the recommendation for approval to a meeting of the Council. The Council then considers the report to make a final decision as to granting approval (or not) for recognition that the programme's graduates will be eligible for teacher certification.

4. External monitoring

A suitable external monitor is appointed by the Teaching Council to be responsible for evaluating the ongoing delivery of the programme as it is implemented, as well as following up any recommendations from the panel report. The external monitor writes an annual report for the Teaching Council for newly approved programmes. Monitoring is every two years for those with continuing approval.

5. Programme review

Programmes are reviewed every six years by a review panel.

Find out more

Guidelines for documentation for initial teacher education programmes