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Postgraduate Certificate in Specialist Teaching

  • Graduate Certificate

Advance your knowledge of inclusive education as an interprofessional field of practice by becoming a specialist resource teacher in the areas of autism spectrum disorder, learning and behaviour, blind and vision impairment, or gifted and talented.

Key details

Degree Type
Graduate Certificate

About this course

Advance your knowledge of inclusive education as an interprofessional field of practice by becoming a specialist resource teacher in the areas of autism spectrum disorder, learning and behaviour, blind and vision impairment, or gifted and talented. You'll extend your capability for working collaboratively within a wider team of professional practice and expand your skills in research, critical analysis, problem-solving and the effective use of technologies and online communications.

This programme is offered in partnership with the University of Canterbury.

Massey is ranked in the world's top 150 universities for education in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) ranking.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for the Postgraduate Certificate in Specialist Teaching are detailed in the regulations. All new applicants to a Specialist Teaching programme at Massey University must make an online Selected Entry application and be selected onto the programme. Students previously selected for and enrolled in a Specialist Teaching programme at Massey University will apply online but will not go through the selection process.

The closing date for applications is 10 December.

If you want to start studying in Semester 2 and you intend to complete the Gifted and Talented endorsement in the Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching, only the Gifted and Talented course 262.751 Theory and Foundations of Gifted and Talented Education is available. Applications are due by 10 June.

Entry requirements:

  • a relevant professional qualification and
  • at least one year of relevant professional experience and
  • a completed bachelor's degree or equivalent or
  • at least three years practical/professional experience in an area relevant to the certificate.

What documents do you need to supply to support your application?

  • a copy of your academic transcript/s
  • a copy of your current curriculum vitae (including education and employment for at least the last five years)
  • a verified copy of your current practising certificate issued by the Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand (if a registered teacher with a current full practising certificate)

If you are not a registered teacher or you are a registered teacher without a current full practising certificate, you will also need to supply:

  • a completed NZ Police Request and Consent form, along with two pieces of verified identification (one of which must be photographic) from the list of acceptable forms of identification
  • a copy of a police report from every overseas country you have lived in for more 12 months in the last 10 years. Please do not supply originals as these will need to be supplied to the Education Council at a later date.

Further details of these requirements can be found below.

If you do not hold a current New Zealand professional registration you will be required to undergo police vetting prior to gaining entry into the programme.

If your first language is not English and you have not gained a New Zealand university entrance qualification, or an overseas entrance qualification in a country where the main language is English, you will be required to provide evidence of proficiency in English in the form of an academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 7.0 with no band less than 7.0 (or the equivalent TOEFL score) or other evidence that is acceptable to Academic Board.

IELTS EXEMPTION: A teacher who has registered with the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand and holds a current Practising Certificate, will be exempted from meeting this English language requirement. For more information, see: teachingcouncil.nz

If you have any short or long-term disability including learning disability or heath issue that may affect your study, please upload a summary in your application. If you disclose any disability, health or personal information as part of your application, this will be assessed during the selection process and is confidential to the University staff processing your application.

Curriculum vitae: Please provide a full CV including details of your educational and professional qualifications, employment history with dates and descriptions of roles and responsibilities, membership of associations/organisations, and a list of professional publications and research reports.

For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.

Study locations

Distance Learning