Surge in enrolments in Teacher Education Refresh programmes

Record numbers of teachers have enrolled in the Education Council’s Teacher Education Refresh (TER) programme this year.

In the first six months to June 2018, more than 830 teachers have enrolled in TER courses, taking advantage of the Ministry of Education’s funding of enrolment fees.

Francie Mullin from Manawatu is one of those teachers,  completing a TER programme at the University of Auckland this year and now finds herself employed in a principal release position in rural Manawatu.

After taking 12 years off from teaching to raise her four children Francie needed to refresh her best practice and teaching knowledge.

Some of the changes were challenging, “faxing was still a normal way to communicate when I had taught previously!” but she enjoyed the programme.

“I felt the topics covered really hit the mark for what I needed to 'refresh' and update on around current educational initiatives and best practice.

“It added depth to my understandings of new ideas that I had heard about while on Board of Trustees, at playcentre and in discussions with teaching whānau and friends over the last few years.”

With her children now in school and a principal release position coming available, Francie said it was the ideal time to get back into teaching and do some “meaningful mahi”. As a bonus, the Ministry funding was announced just as she was applying for enrolment.

What is TER?

The TER programme is delivered by four Education Council approved providers around the country and brings teachers up to date with their knowledge and experience of educational practices. TER courses are flexible and vary in length starting from four weeks. Programmes are mainly completed online so if you have a good internet connection you can keep teaching and earning while completing the programme. TER does not replace the requirement to complete a two year induction and mentoring programme and on completion, a teacher is issued with another provisional Practicing Certificate.

Who must do TER?

Provisionally certificated teachers who want to apply for another provisional practising certificate six years or more after becoming registered, and teachers who completed their initial teacher education qualification six years ago or more and who are applying to become registered. Read more about TER and contact the providers

Do I have to pay?

The government announced in the 2018 budget that the enrolment fee is funded over the next four years for teachers required to complete the TER programme.


Published 27 July 2018

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