Certificate of Achievement

Teaching as a Profession (Level 7)

Qualification code OP7701

OP7701 Teaching as a Profession is the first part of the Teacher Education Refresh (TER) programme.

The TER is for teachers who are required by the Education Council to complete the four-course programme before regaining their Practising Certificate. Teaching as a Profession consists of the first two courses in the TER programme: 

  • EDU701 Teaching in Aotearoa New Zealand
  • EDU702 Creating a Culture for Learning

As each course is 12 weeks it is recommend you only enrol into one course at a time. When you have completed EDU 701 and EDU 702 you need to enrol in EDU 703 and EDU 704

This programme is currently being offered FEE FREE.

The Ministry of Education is currently paying the student fee for enrolment in OP7701 Teaching as a Profession and OP7702 Teaching Practice. Please read the Fee Free Offer tab for more details.





  • Level 7  
    Credits 20 
  • Workload

    For each credit, allow about 10 hours of study. This may be higher near assessment due dates.

  • Study type Open  
  • Cost $830 NZ Domestic

    Approximate cost for the full qualification based on 2018 fee information, not including annual administration fees, fee increases, textbooks, course materials or external exam fees.

  • Student loan

    Eligible for student loans, if you meet the criteria. Student loans and eligibility

For information about selecting courses to study towards this qualification, check out the Choose courses tab.

Once you have completed the two courses in OP7701 Teaching as a Profession, you can enrol in OP7702 Teaching Practice. This also contains two courses: 

EDU703 Effective Design for Learning
EDU704 Teaching Practicum

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 over a period of up to 12 months.
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 Education 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.


Employment pathways

Graduates of this qualification will have the skills and knowledge necessary so that they can apply for their provisional teacher registration for either ECE, primary or secondary teaching through the Education Council.

Once teachers are provisionally registered they are able to re-enter the classroom and apply for teaching positions in New Zealand.

Academic pathways

Graduates of this programme will be able to undertake further study at a postgraduate level.

Key dates

Our open courses are open for enrolment every month. Each open course starts on the first Monday of the month you choose for enrolment. You must complete your study within the given start and end dates.

See key enrolment dates

Assessment and exam

Every course is assessed differently - some require assignments and others exams. Check the individual course pages for more information.

Information about assessment and exams

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