Become a teacher or return to teaching

Find information and resources about becoming a teacher, returning to teaching and teaching in New Zealand.

Become a teacher

Find information on becoming a teacher including studying to become a teacher, choosing the right course, financial support for studying, scholarships and studying while employed as a trainee teacher.

Become a teacher

Return to teaching

You might be qualified but not currently teaching, or might want to return to teaching after a break. You might need to complete the Teacher Education Refresh.

Return to teaching 

Find a teaching job

Teachers, administrators and other support staff are directly employed by schools. Schools advertise vacancies and manage their own appointment processes.

Find a teaching job

Registration, practising certificates and LATs

All teachers in New Zealand need to be a registered teacher with the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand (Teaching Council). Provisional practicing certificates and Limited Authority to Teach (LATs) are also granted by the Teaching Council.

Registration, practising certificates and LATs

Overseas teachers

If you’re living overseas and want to teach in New Zealand either as a New Zealand-trained teacher, or as an overseas-trained teacher, there are pathways to working as a teacher in this country.

Overseas teachers

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