Become a teacher
If you want a career with meaning, become a teacher.
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This information supports people to begin teaching in New Zealand schools or early learning services
Studying to be a teacher
Teaching offers you not only a challenging, rewarding career but a chance to share your knowledge and help future generations learn and thrive. New Zealand needs well-qualified, dynamic, and enthusiastic teachers who enjoy working with young people.
Choosing the right course
There's a huge range of study options available, so look through the options to help you choose a programme that suits you.
Financial support and scholarships
There is government financial support for students studying, and TeachNZ has a range of scholarships to help get teachers into areas where they are needed the most.
Studying while employed as a trainee teacher
Employment-based initial teacher education (ITE) aims to attract high calibre students into teaching and give them the skills and knowledge they need to meet the needs of diverse learners. Under employment-based ITE, teacher trainees are employed by schools as teachers while studying for their teaching qualification, instead of being based in universities.
Teacher Education Refresh Programme
The Teacher Education Refresh (TER) is a Teaching Council programme designed for teachers with limited or no teaching experience since qualifying, or teachers who completed their teacher qualification 6 or more years ago and want to re-register.
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