Starting Your Career

Ask any teacher what the best thing about their job is and chances are they’ll say their kids! Teaching is one of the few jobs where you can make a real difference, every day.

becoming a teacher

A career in teaching means having the chance to make a real difference in young peoples’ lives, actively participate in a learning community and help shape New Zealand as a bicultural nation.

Teaching is a rewarding profession where no two days are the same and your work makes a real difference. If you're thinking about teaching, this section of our website is a great place to start.

Here you’ll find out about the initial steps towards becoming a registered teacher. All teachers in New Zealand schools, kura and state kindergartens must be registered with the Teachers Council and have a current practising certificate. This means completing an Initial Teacher Education (ITE) programme that is approved by the Teachers Council.

Getting started

Thinking about teaching

Are you wondering if teaching is for you? You’re in the right place. Find out about the key attributes you need to have to be a teacher, and questions to ask potential teacher education providers. Read more

Studying to be a teacher

There are a range of study options that can lead you to a teaching career. Find out about approved programmes before you commit to a study programme. Read more

Beginning teaching

You made it! As you embark on your exciting new teaching career you need to familiarise yourself with the New Zealand Teachers Council Code of Ethics and the pathways to becoming a fully registered teacher. Read more

Approved Initial Teacher Education programmes

All providers of teacher education programmes in New Zealand must meet specific requirements set out and managed by the Teachers Council. Read more