The specialist teaching course will successfully equip trainees with the specialist skills they need to teach ākonga/students with Specific Learning Disabilities. It is equivalent to Level 5 in the NZQA framework. We have a history of very positive feedback from graduates.

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

This course comprises two modules:

  • Introduction to Specific Learning Disabilities.
  •  Teaching Learners with a Specific Learning Disability.

Please email  to express interest or to make further inquiries.

Benefits of studying with us:
Our courses are delivered at our Centre. You will be face-to-face 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 means you have a chance to learn from each other and have your individual situation addressed by the lecturer. The dates are all weekend or school holiday dates and will allow you to do the course without needing time off from your teaching job. 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, registered, self-employed teacher-tutors and receive referrals from us for prospective students. This is a brilliant qualification for teachers who plan to take a break from full-time teaching and wish to become self-employed teacher-tutors.

Course fees:

The fee is $1600 (subject to change). Because of a generous donor, a subsidy is available for out-of-town applicants. The exact amount will depend on the number of eligible trainees at the time the invoices are sent out.

Dates: The course will begin in April 2023. The dates are subject to change in response to the group’s needs but will all be days in the school holidays or weekends to allow practising teachers to attend. Module one dates are

April: Monday 17th, Tuesday 18th, Wednesday 19th, Thursday 20th.

May: Saturday 6th, Saturday 27th, Sunday 28th.

June: Saturday 10th,  Saturday 24th.

July: Monday 3rd, Tuesday 4th, Wednesday 5th, Thursday 6th.

August: Saturday 5th, Sunday 6th.

September:  Saturday 2nd, Monday 25th, Tuesday 26th, Wednesday 27th.

October: Saturday 28th.

The dates for module two are still to be decided. As module two of the course includes a practical component, it runs into 2024.