Training programme (two modules)
NEW ZEALAND CERTIFICATE IN TEACHING INDIVIDUALS
WITH SPECIFIC LEARNING DISABILITIES
60 credits (600 hours) at level 5
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.
MODULE 1 – INTRODUCTION TO SLD
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, and look at ways of assisting the student with SLD in the classroom.
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.
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 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.
Format: The course consists of 19 days of lectures, which include video presentations and practical demonstrations, as well as set readings, and assignments, representing 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.
MODULE 2 – TEACHING STUDENTS WITH SLD
Aim: The module is intended to provide supervised practice. It will concentrate on programme planning, and reflective evaluation and practical application of knowledge and skills to the teaching situation.
Unit 1. teaching strategies
Candidates will attend lectures and do prescribed research/application assignments, which will be presented and discussed by the group.
Trainees will teach a minimum of 60 lessons, keeping detailed teaching diaries including preparation, lesson plan, and reflective evaluation. Each trainee will also be assigned to a mentor who will provide guidance and advice, and attend monthly tutorials. These will provide an opportunity to discuss practical issues in small groups led by a supervisor.
Format: This stage comprises 4 half-day lectures, set readings, and assignments, 6 half-day tutorials, individual mentoring sessions, and a practical component, representing 300 hours spread over 3 terms.
EVALUATION AND AWARDS
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 New Zealand Certificate in Teaching Individuals with SLD will be awarded on successful completion of both modules.
Module 1 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.
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. A police clearance will be required, and the candidate will need to be provisionally registered with the Seabrook McKenzie Centre and abide by all its policies and procedures.
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.
Module 1 Cost: $1, 000.00
Module 2 Cost: $600.00
These fees are GST inclusive, and cover lecture notes and course materials, excluding stationery.
A third of the course fees go towards covering NZQA annual fees and compliance fees.
The fees are 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.
Course Dates for 2019
Module 1 Dates: 21-24 January, 9 & 23 February, 9 & 23 March, 6th April, 15-16th April, 11 & 25 may, 8 & 22 June, 8-10th July, 10 August
Times: 9am to 4pm daily
Module 2: to be advised
OTHER TRAINING COURSES OFFERED BY THE SEABROOK MCKENZIE CENTRE:
NEW ZEALAND CERTIFICATE IN SUPPORTING INDIVIDUALS
WITH SPECIFIC LEARNING DISABILITIES
40 Credits at level 4
This course is intended for teachers, teacher aides, parents, educators, and professionals coming into contact with people with SLD. It aims to provide them with 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.
Please note that this course may be more appropriate for classroom teachers who do not have time or opportunity for one to one (or small group) work with a learner. The first 3 units are identical, and will run concurrently, allowing for ease of transfer from one course to another if desired.