Registered Teacher Criteria
Teachers play a critical role in enabling the educational achievement of all ākonga/learners.
The Registered Teacher Criteria (Criteria) describe the essential knowledge and capabilities required for quality teaching in New Zealand. They apply to all teachers in their everyday professional practice seeking to gain full registration, or renew a practising certificate with full registration.
The Code of Ethics/Ngā Tikanga Matatika commits registered teachers to the highest standards of professional service in promoting the learning of those they teach. The Registered Teacher Criteria and Code of Ethics should be used hand in hand.
Read the Registered Teacher Criteria:
Resources to help teachers meet the Criteria
Professional leaders must be assured that teachers meet, with evidence, the Criteria at the time of applying for a practising certificate or for full registration.
View presentations and activities for professional leaders to help staff implement the Registered Teacher Criteria.
Teachers in specialist roles
The variability of teaching positions that teachers hold these days means that sometimes meeting the Criteria isn’t always clear. Below is some advice and case studies for teachers and principals to help assess whether those in specialist roles in secondary schools meet the Criteria.
Early childhood education (ECE) centre owners
Advice for ECE centre owners on getting the appropriate endorsement for the renewal of their practising certificate.
The resource below has been developed by Core Education and explores links between e-learning and meeting the Criteria. You’ll find examples and suggestions for reflection against each of the Criteria, and a section on using digital tools to gather evidence of meeting the Criteria.