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Teacher Education Refresh (TER) Programme

TER Stories

We've collected a number of stories from teachers, describing their experience of the TER course in their own words. You can read these here.

The Council expects all provisionally certificated teachers to complete the teaching service requirements to meet the Standards for the Teaching Profession and be issued with a full practising certificate within six years of becoming registered. Requiring teachers to either demonstrate meeting the Standards for the Teaching Profession to be issued with a full practising certificate, or complete the Teacher Education Refresh (TER) programme within a specified timeframe provides assurance of teacher competence and will lead to improved outcomes for ākonga.

Do I need to do TER?

The TER programme has been designed for two groups. 

Provisionally certificated teachers who want to apply for another provisional practising certificate six years or more after becoming registered

  • The TER 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.  Provisionally certificated teachers who have not been able to be issued with a full practising certificate six years or more after first registering are likely to have had limited teaching experience.  

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.  

Still not sure?

If you have questions or want to discuss your individual situation, please email TER@educationcouncil.org.nz

FUNDING

The Government has extended its commitment to covering the cost of teachers completing Teacher Education Refresh (TER) programmes beyond June 2018. In the Budget 2018, the Ministry of Education received funding to allow teachers continued access to subsidised TER courses for the next four years.

You will be eligible for the government funding of the TER enrolment fee if you are required to complete the TER programme in order for the Council to issue you with a practising certificate.  Please discuss this with the TER provider.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning can be considered by the TER programme provider when one year of evidenced induction and mentoring has been completed within the previous three years.  Contact your TER programme provider for further information.

Requesting a review of the requirement to complete the TER programme

The Council recognises that in some situations provisionally certificated teachers may be able to demonstrate that their professional knowledge and practice is up to date and they are well prepared to teach. Read more

TER PROVIDERS 

University of Auckland - UniServices

Sector: Primary and Secondary
Medium: English and Māori
Regional coverage: National

Contact information:

Anca Popovici
Course and Conference Administrator
09 623 8977
Email: kohia@auckland.ac.nz
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Open Polytechnic  of New Zealand

Sector: Early Childhood, Primary and Secondary
Medium: English
Regional coverage: National

Contact information:

Karen Kane
Programme Delivery Manager
Email: ter@openpolytechnic.ac.nz

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Te Rito Maioha - Early Childhood New Zealand

Sector: Early Childhood Education
Medium: English and Māori
Regional coverage: National

Contact information:

Margarette Cantwell
Phone: 09 263 9750
Email: Margarette.Cantwell@ecnz.ac.nz

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Institute of Registered Music Teachers NZ

Sector: ECE, Primary and Secondary (music teachers only)
Medium: English
Regional coverage: National

Contact information:

Wendy Hunt
Course Coordinator
Email: irmtter@gmail.com
Visit the website for more details