Teacher Education Refresh


About TER

Open Polytechnic is a provider of the Teacher Education Refresh programme for early childhood, primary and secondary teachers. Teachers can complete this programme online, at their own pace. 

The TER is aimed at early childhood, primary and secondary teachers who have graduated from an Initial Teacher Education programme but have not achieved a full practicing certificate within a six-year period; are returning to the workforce after a lengthy period; or have trained overseas.

Completing a TER enables you to be provisionally certified for an additional six years. The Education Council expects that you will satisfactorily meet the Standards for the Teaching Profession in this time.

If you are required to complete the TER programme, in order to renew your practising certificate, you may be able to continue to be employed in a teaching position. If you are employed in the primary or secondary sector your principal can apply for an extension to teach for you provided you have done the following:

  • enrolled in the TER programme, and provided this information to the Council
  • lodged with the Council an EC80 application form and paid $220.80 and the Council has obtained a clear police vet

Please note that the Council is unable to issue an extension to teach for early childhood education teachers.


The TER is currently funded by the Ministry of Education and teachers are not required to pay the course fee for TER.

Course dates

The TER consists of four courses. There are three fully online courses and a fourth course that includes a four week teaching practicum. The courses are:

  • EDU701 Teaching in Aotearoa New Zealand
  • EDU702 Creating a Culture for Learning
  • EDU703 Effective Design for Learning
  • EDU704 Teaching Practicum

Each course will be available to start on the first Monday of each month (subject to sufficient numbers) except EDU704 which is not available from October to January. Teachers can complete the four courses online, over a period of up to 12 months

Information regarding EDU704 Teaching Practicum - 

EDU704 Teaching Practicum is a 12 week course, during which you will complete a four week practicum. In this course, you will be assessed on your practicum and will also complete a short reflection of your progress towards the Standards for the Teaching Profession.

It is your responsibility to negotiate your practicum placement with a local school or early learning centre.

You MUST complete, with passing grades, EDU701 and EDU702, and have completed or be completing EDU703 before you begin EDU704. In addition, you must begin EDU704 at least three weeks before your practicum begins. This allows time for you to set up your practicum and contact your practicum facilitator. Each intake of EDU704 begins on the first Monday of each month.

For example:

Starting Practicum Begin EDU704
1-26 August 2 July
27 August -  23 September  4 August
24 September  -  21 October  3 September
22 October - 18 November 1 October


Information for learning organisations


How to enrol

The Teacher Education Refresh programme is made up of four courses. Teachers can complete the four courses online, over a period of up to 12 months. You can enrol in the first course by enrolling in OP7701 Teaching as a Profession.

Once you have completed OP7701, you will then need to enrol in the second two courses by enrolling in OP7702 Teaching Practice.

In addition to completing the online enrolment form, you will also need complete the following forms: 

You must upload these as part of your enrolment process. 

Before enrolling

Please confirm with the Education Council that you are required to complete a TER Programme. If you are an overseas trained teacher please check the Education Council information for overseas trained teachers.


The fourth course in the TER is a four-week practicum. You must be teaching at least half time during this practicum.

It is your responsibility to identify and negotiate a suitable site for your practicum. This could be your current workplace or a local school or early childhood centre

Due to schools being closed in December and January we are not offering the practicum course EDU 704 over December and January.  In 2019 EDU 704 will be offered every month starting in February 2019.


Proof of English language proficiency

If English is not your first language, then please read the International English Language Test System (IELTS) requirements located in the website address below. This will confirm if you require doing the Academic International English Language Test System.

For more information please click on the IELTS website link: https://www.ielts.org/

If you have any queries regarding the IELTS then please email our team at TER@openpolytechnic.ac.nz


Need help?

If you have any questions about the information provided above, please phone us, 0508 650 200 or email ter@openpolytechnic.ac.nz