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Postgraduate Certificate in Specialist Teaching

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The Postgraduate Certificate in Specialist Teaching (PGCertSpTchg) will allow you to graduate as a specialist resource teacher. Deepen your knowledge of inclusive education as an inter-professional field of practice.

Key details

Degree Type
Graduate Certificate
Duration
0.5 year full-time
Study Mode
Online

About this course

The Postgraduate Certificate in Specialist Teaching (PGCertSpTchg) will allow you to graduate as a specialist resource teacher.

Deepen your knowledge of inclusive education as an inter-professional field of practice.

Become a specialist resource teacher in the areas of:

  • blind and low vision
  • complex educational needs
  • deaf and hard of hearing
  • early intervention
  • gifted, or
  • learning and behaviour (with neurodiversity woven throughout).

You'll extend your capability for working collaboratively within a wider team of professional practice. You'll also expand your skills in research, critical analysis, problem-solving and the effective use of technologies and online communications.

Entry requirements

This programme is a selected entry programme. This means there are a number of extra requirements you must meet.

To enter the Postgraduate Certificate in Specialist Teaching programme you will have:

  • a relevant professional qualification
  • at least one year of relevant professional experience

and

  • been awarded or qualified for a completed bachelor's degree or equivalent, or
  • at least three years practical/professional experience in an area relevant to the certificate.

You must provide verified copies of all academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey University

You will also provide the following documents as part of the selection process:

  • 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)
  • 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.

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 New Zealand 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.

See below for more details.

Study locations

Online

Career pathways

Graduates of the Postgraduate Certificate in Specialist Teaching provide educational support to staff, students and whanau across special and inclusive education areas in one of many roles, including:

  • Resource Teacher of Learning and Behaviour (RTLB)
  • Resource Teacher of Vision (RTV)
  • Ongoing Resource Scheme (ORS) funded teacher
  • Special Education Needs Coordinator (SENCo)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder Coordinator
  • Gifted Education Coordinator
  • experienced teachers in local or special schools or early childhood centres.

Credit for prior study or work

For information on prior learning, exemptions and transfer of credit or other questions:

  • review the Recognition of Prior Learning regulations
  • contact us through the Enquire button on this page.