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40 (400 hours) Credits at level 4


This qualification is listed on the National Qualification Framework and the Seabrook McKenzie Centre has course approval and is accredited to deliver it by the NZQA.



To provide a framework to understand and identify indicators of SLD, understand challenges encountered by individuals with SLD and help them engage in lifelong learning and achieve their potential. Basic intervention techniques will be provided with emphasis on intervening and supporting individuals in their particular context, including regular classrooms. The course includes 335 hours of lecture and guided activities and 65 hours of practical application and reflective practice, spread over 4 terms.



Unit 1. Definition of 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, as well as intervention methods.

Unit 3. Intervention & Teaching Principles

A closer look at the effect of SLD on the acquisition of reading, mathematics, spelling, written language, comprehension, organisation and study skills, with an overview of appropriate teaching strategies.

Unit 4. Management Principles

An in depth analysis of the interface between social /school /work expectations and SLD characteristics. 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 on achievement and wellbeing. This will include small practical exercises in small groups based on each participant’s area of interest and/or personal context (family, preschool, classroom, secondary schools, tertiary, or workplace)

Unit 5. Practical Application

This will involve planning, implementing, documenting and evaluating appropriate support measures and/or teaching intervention, based on the identified needs of an individual with SLD in a particular context. The practical component will be supervised by an experienced tutor.


Considering the diverse background of candidates, practical component may be organised in different settings. Preference will be given to organising it in the candidate’s own setting if this is acceptable to the employer. If this is not possible, it will be organised by the Seabrook McKenzie Centre in the framework of its services to learners with SLD, including its special character school. All policies and regulations of the Seabrook McKenzie Centre will then apply to candidates, who will be given provisional registration for this purpose. This includes requirement for police clearance as required by the Vulnerable Children’s Act.


The course consists of 14 days of lectures, which include video presentations, discussions, and practical demonstrations, as well as set readings and assignments, spread over 3 terms, with a practical application component in the fourth term. To accommodate classroom teachers, the course runs in block courses during holidays, as well as some Saturdays during term time.


A candidate will be deemed successful after obtaining a Pass mark in all the set assignments spread throughout the course, provided attendance has been satisfactory. Successful completion will lead to the award of the NZ certificate in Supporting Individuals people with SLD (40 credits at level 4)


This course is intended for teachers, teacher aides, parents, educators, and professionals coming into contact with people with SLD. The only requirement is an interest in supporting people with SLD.


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

The Seabrook McKenzie Centre does not accept responsibility for providing any teaching employment on completion of this course.


Cost: $1,000 in 2019

The fee is GST inclusive, and covers lectures and course materials, excluding stationery.

A third of the course fees go towards covering NZQA annual fees and compliance fees.

The fee is paid by instalments after completion of each section of the course.

Selected resources and teaching materials will be available for purchase by the trainees but are not necessary to complete the course.

Withdrawal policy
As there is no deposit, and fees are paid at the end of each section, refunds for withdrawals will not apply.

 Course Dates for 2019

21-24 January, 9 & 23 February, 9 & 23 March, 6th April, 15-16th April, 11 & 25 May, 8 & 22 June , 11th July
Times: 9am to 4pm daily

Applications close: 14th December 2018





60 credits at level 5


Module 1: INTRODUCTION TO SLD (30 credits at level 5)

This course is open to teachers and professionals working in related fields of health and education and aims to provide them 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 includes 300 hours of lectures, reading, guided activities including 7 assignments over three terms. Cost: $1000 in 2019

The first 3 units are identical with the first 3 units of the New Zealand Certificate in Supporting Individuals with Specific Learning Disabilities, and will run concurrently, allowing for ease of transfer from one course to another if desired.

  • Module 2: TEACHING learners with SLD (30 credits at level 5)

This course follows on from the Introduction to SLD course. It concentrates on practical application of the skills learned during the first course, as well as analysis and critical review. 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. This will require a police vetting and adherence to the code of ethics and all quality assurance measures implemented by the Centre.

It includes 45 hours of lectures and presentations, 25 hours of tutorials, 10 hours mentoring and lesson observations, 4 assignments including research application and critical evaluation components (70 hours) and a practical teaching component (150 hours) spread over three terms. Cost : $600 in 2019