Teacher Education Refresh


The Teacher Education Refresh programme is currently closed for enrolments.

The next intake will open for enrolments at the beginning of July and the first course will begin in August 2018. If you would like to register your interest for the August intake, please complete the registration of interest below. We will be in contact when the next intake is available for enrolment. 

About TER

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

Course dates

The TER consists of three online courses and a 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 again every month, subject to sufficient numbers.

How to enrol

The Teacher Education Refresh programme is made up of four courses. You can enrol in the first two courses 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:

Please email these forms to ter@openpolytechnic.ac.nz

Please email these forms to vetting@openpolytechnic.ac.nz

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

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

Outcomes for participants

The TER is a pass / fail programme.

If successful, participants will be presented with a certificate of completion. Course completion will require the participant to complete all online tasks to the required standard and demonstrate effective teaching practice.

Need help?

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