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Certificate in Specialist Teaching of Ākonga/Individuals with SLD (Cert Tchg SLD)

Regrettably, owing to unforeseen circumstances,  we have to cancel the course for 2024. Prospective trainees have been informed. We will offer a short course at a later date on the topic of Specific Learning Disabilities. More details to be announced.  

Become trained to help people with

Specific Learning Difficulties to have better brighter futures






"A brilliant qualification for teachers who plan to take a break from full-time teaching and wish to become self-employed teacher-tutors"



Once qualified, teachers can become certificated with Seabrook McKenzie Centre. The Centre provides a supply of people needing tutoring and ongoing professional support for graduates of the course. Until December 2023, our course was registered with NZQA. 

Benefits of studying with us:

  • Courses are delivered face-to-face at our Centre. You will be with qualified lecturers who are experienced in teaching and tutoring students with specific learning disabilities. The lecture team includes a registered psychologist and occupational therapist.  

  • The small group size means you have a chance to learn from each other and have your individual situation addressed by the lecturer.

  • Study without needing to take time out from your teaching job.   Lectures are at weekends or during school holiday You can also do the course if you are not presently working in a school.

  • The Cert Tchg SLD course is aimed at qualifying you to be part of our bank of qualified, certificated,  self-employed teacher-tutors and receive referrals from us for prospective students. 

Read what our graduates think here.

The training programme (600 hours) consists of two modules.

Module One: Introduction to SLD (300 hours)

This module aims to:

  • Provide teachers and professionals working in related fields of health and education with a framework to identify and understand Specific Learning Disabilities and their effect on the development of individuals

  • Provide a brief introduction to remedial teaching methods,

  • Look at ways of assisting the ākonga/student with SLD in the classroom

Entry requirements

This course is open to teachers, teacher aides, and professionals who may come in contact with people with SLD through their work in the fields of health, education, or disabilities (e.g. occupational therapists, speech therapists, early childhood educators, and counsellors). Some experience of working with children with special needs is an advantage.

Applicants are required to return an application form with evidence of their previous qualifications, if applicable. We reserve the right to decline applications.

Module Two: Teaching Students with SLD (300 hours)

This module aims to provide supervised practice.  

It will concentrate on: 

  • programme planning, and reflective evaluation

  • practical application of knowledge and skills to the teaching situation

Entry requirements

The course is intended primarily for certificated teachers who have completed the Introduction to SLD Certificate and are considered to have all the required attributes to be a successful SLD teacher, and are eligible for provisional registration with the Seabrook McKenzie Centre. As Module 2 involves a practical component, all trainees will have demonstrated competence in programme planning by successfully completing the assignments in module 1 before starting work with individual students.  The module requires a police vetting and adherence to the code of ethics and all quality assurance measures implemented by the Centre.

Full course outline

Further information about each of the modules is available here.

Certificate Award

A certificate of attendance for each module will be given after completion of the set assignments spread throughout the course, provided attendance has been satisfactory.

The SMC Certificate in Specialist Teaching of Ākonga/Individuals with SLD (Cert Tchg SLD) will be awarded on successful completion of both modules.


The fee is $1600 (subject to change).

A subsidy is available for out-of-town applicants due to the generous support of a donor.

The exact amount will depend on the number of eligible trainees at the time the invoices are sent out.


Please email  to express interest or to make further enquiries.

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