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Postgraduate Certificate in Specialist Teaching
Postgraduate Certificate in Specialist Teaching

Postgraduate Certificate in Specialist Teaching

  • ID:UC640050
  • Level:Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma
  • Duration:
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  • Type:Part-time

Fees (NZD)

  • TuitionFee/Year:$16,000.00
  • LivingFee/Year:$16,878.00
  • InsuranceFee/Year:$700.00
  • TuitionFee/Year:$16,000.00
  • LivingFee/Year:$16,878.00
  • InsuranceFee/Year:$700.00
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Admission Requirements

Entry requirements

Students wishing to enrol in the Postgraduate Certificate in Specialist Teaching must have:

  • qualified for an Aotearoa New Zealand teacher education degree, or qualified for a recognised three-year diploma in early childhood, primary, or secondary teaching in Aotearoa; and
  • hold current teacher registration in Aotearoa; and
  • normally acquired at least two years experience as a teacher or educator in a recognised educational, workplace, or community setting.
  • Students must be approved to enrol by the Dean of Education and Health Sciences. The relevance and standard of undergraduate studies and any subsequent professional work experience are the main criteria of approval.
  • Students who do not hold current Aotearoa New Zealand Professional Registration will be required to undergo police vetting prior to gaining entry into the programme. They must meet requirements equivalent to those set down by Matatū Aotearoa | Teaching Council of New Zealand for registration as a teacher in terms of character and fitness to be a teacher.

English requirements

  • IELTS: Academic with an average score of 7.0, with a minimum of 7.0 in reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • TOEFL iBT: Total minimum score of 94, with at least 24 in reading, 27 in writing, 24 in listening and 23 speaking
  • CAE or CPE: minimum score of 185 with at least 185 in reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): PTE with an overall score of 65 and no PTE communicative skills score below 65

Course Information

This Certificate provides students with a strong appreciation of specialist teaching as an interdisciplinary field of practice, and specialist teaching knowledge and skills in diverse cultural contexts. It comprises of courses focusing on either deaf and hearing impairment, early intervention, complex educational needs, or learning behaviour.

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The Certificate includes one compulsory course and one optional course focused on different teaching needs.

Compulsory course

  • EDST 601 Core Theory and Foundations of Specialist Teaching

One optional course from:

  • EDST 621 Theory and Foundations of Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  • EDST 631 Theory and Foundations of Early Intervention
  • EDST 641 Theory and Foundations of Learning and Behaviour Diversity
  • EDST 651 Theory and Foundations of Complex Educational Needs
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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

Postgraduate study can bring many career benefits eg, specialist skills and enhanced knowledge, entry into specific occupations, higher starting salary/progression rates, research capability/achievement, and evidence of high academic attainment/self-discipline.

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Overseas Student Health Cover

Insurance/year: 700 NZD/per year

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