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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.  

Course Curriculum Overview

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

Module 1: 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

Module overview

This module aims to provide teachers with a framework to identify SLD, recognise their effects on the behaviour and learning of learners, and understand assessment and intervention principles. Remediation techniques will be provided and emphasis will be on development of individual intervention plans for one to one or small group delivery.



The course consists of 19 days of lectures including:

  • Video presentations

  • Practical demonstrations

  • Set readings

  • 7 assignments

This will represent 300 hours of work spread over three terms. 

To accommodate classroom teachers, the course runs in block courses during holidays, as well as some Saturdays during term time.

Teaching Content
Unit 1. Introduction to SLD

Covers a brief history of the field of SLD, biological, neurological, and information processing correlates of SLD, and the difference between SLD and other learning difficulties

Unit 2. Characteristics of SLD

Covers specific dysfunctions associated with SLD: attentional, perceptual, cognitive, language, motor, and metacognitive, and their effect on learning and behaviour.

Unit 3. Intervention & Teaching Principles

A closer look at the effect of SLD on the acquisition of Mathematics, Literacy (reading, written language, spelling, comprehension,) organisation, and study skills, with an overview of appropriate teaching strategies including the Structured Literacy approach to teaching literacy.

Unit 4. Management Principles

An overview of strategies and measures that can be implemented in the classroom, at home, or in other social situations to minimise the effect of SLD.

Unit 5. Programme planning

Analysis of assessment reports and planning of individual intervention plans.

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. Please email for an application form. Applications close on March 1st 2024 .

Module 2: 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

This course follows on from the Introduction to SLD course. It concentrates on the practical application of the skills learned during the first course, as well as analysis and critical review.

(by invitation on completion of Module 1)

Teaching Format:
This stage comprises of a total of 300 hours over the length of 3 - 4 terms:

  • 4 full-days of lectures and assignment presentations (45 hours)

  • 6 half-days of  tutorials (25 hours)

  • 10 hours of individual mentoring sessions and lesson observations

  • 4 assignments including research application and critical evaluation components  (70 hours) 

  • A practical teaching component (150 hours)


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 our  Code of Ethics and all quality assurance measures implemented by the Centre.

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.

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