Teacher Education Refresh Programme

The University of Waikato is one of the providers of The Teacher Education Refresh Programme for the Education Council New Zealand.

It caters for Primary, Secondary and Māori medium teachers who have graduated from an Initial Teacher Education programme but have not achieved a full practicing certificate within a six year period. The course is also suitable for teachers who have qualified overseas and teachers returning to the workforce after a lengthy period.

The course is available for qualified teachers who reside in New Zealand.

The Education Council determines if you need to enrol in the programme, We advise you confirm with the council prior to enrolment if you are required to complete the course.

Programme Dates

2017 intakes:

Course 1 [2017] Course 2 [2017] Course 3 [2017] Course 4 [2017]
Applications close 15th Sept
Programme Dates 16 January – 7 April 19 April – 7 July 10 July – 29 September 2 October – 22 December
Scheduled Practicum dates 20 February – 17 March
[Weeks 6-9]
15 May – 9 June
[Weeks 5-8]
7 August – 1 September
[Weeks 5-8]
30 October – 24 November
[Weeks 5-8]

2018 intakes:

Course 1 [2018] Course 2 [2018] Course 3 [2018] Course 4 [2018]
Provisional Programme Dates
12 week programme 22 January – 13 April 16 April – 6 July 9 July – 28 September 1 October – 21 December
24 week programme 22 January – 6 July 16 April – 28 September 9 July – 21 December 1 October – 15 March 2019
Scheduled Practicum dates 19 February – 16 March 14 May – 8 June 6 August – 31 August 29 October – 23 November
4 February 2019 – 1 March 2019

Applications close two weeks before each programme begins.

The programme:

  • is fully online, with individual support available. Click here for Computer Requirements
  • consists of four modules which can be completed in flexible timeframes within a 6 month period, in consultation with the TER Programme Coordinator.
  • includes a 20-day practicum which can be completed in a flexible timeframe in line with the scheduled practicum dates and subject to approval from the TER Programme Coordinator.
  • will be assessed through an evidence based e-portfolio against Graduating Teacher Standards. Evidence can be generated from completing weekly online tasks and/or from classroom practice.

Course Structure

The 4 modules are:

The Professional Teacher – Belonging to a Profession – He Pouako Ngaiotanga – Nāku tēnei Ngaiotanga
A review of the current educational landscape, professional expectations and legislative requirements.

Today’s and Tomorrow’s Learning Communities – Hapori Ako o tēnei rā, mō āpōpō hoki
A focus on the recommended practice when addressing diversity of learners needs within New Zealand classrooms.
Curriculum, Assessment and Planning – He Marautanga, he Aromatawai, he Whakakaupapa Akoranga
An opportunity to demonstrate understanding of current pedagogical practices through the development of context specific resources.
Supervised Practicum – Ritenga Akoako

As a qualified teacher it is an expectation of the course that you secure your own practicum placement in the school of your choice. This module enables the participant to generate further evidence in support of their meeting of the Graduating Teacher Standards and the completion of their e-portfolio.

Click here for Practicum Information for Schools


The total cost of the course is $4,000

You may enrol in individual modules at a cost of $1,000 each

If you select to enrol in individual modules, all 4 modules must be paid for and completed within a 6 month period.

Once enrolled, you will receive an invoice. Payment must be made one week prior to the start date of the intake in order to gain access to the programme.

PLEASE NOTE: This course does not qualify for funding from Studylink. There is no refund to those enrolled who choose to withdraw once a module is started.


Applications are open for all intakes in 2017 and close two weeks prior to the commencement of each programme.

Download TERP application form

Print the application form above, complete and return all documentation to Te Kura Toi Tangata Faculty of Education:

Email to jill.skerman@waikato.ac.nz

Note: You will need to post us original Police Vetting Service Request & Consent Form, Proof of Identity form and original verified copies of identification to the address below.

Freepost 78837
Teacher Education Refresh Programme
Faculty of Education
University of Waikato
Private Bag 3105
Hamilton, 3240

Frequently Asked Questions

The following documents, taken from the Education Council website, answers queries regarding the Teacher Education (TER) Programme. For further information regarding your registration, visit the

Education Council New Zealand website.
Frequently Asked Questions – Teacher Education Refresh Programme
TERP Curriculum


Teacher Education Refresh Programme Administrator:
Jill Skerman
Email: jill.skerman@waikato.ac.nz
Phone: 07-838-4466 extn: 4553


If you have any enquiries regarding the teacher refresher program please use the below form to contact us.