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Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching (Complex Educational Needs)

Key facts

  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Part-time study only
  • Not available for international students
  • Part-time study only.

Work with diverse learners

With Massey’s Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching (Complex Educational Needs) you can develop your interest in specialist teaching.

Find out more about the Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching parent structure.

What is it like?

The Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching (Complex Educational Needs) gives you advanced theoretical and research-based study of specialist teaching. This programme will give you an understanding of the development and learning needs of students who have multiple and complex needs.

The programme combines personal, historical, theoretical and rights-based perspectives with key ideas about presence, participation and achievement. This provides a foundation for exploring approaches to assessment, teaching and learning in inclusive school communities.

The diploma includes an examination of evidence-based practices in the education of students with multiple and complex needs, and a supervised practicum.

Massey is ranked in the world’s top 150 universities for education in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) ranking.

Your qualification options

Please note that the Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching does not qualify you to be a teacher in New Zealand. If you want to be a teacher, you will also need to take a postgraduate teaching qualification. Please explore your options in our education pathways tool.

A good fit if you:

  • Have a passion for inclusive education
  • Are comfortable with an enquiry-based inter-professional model
  • Can study part-time in block and distance modes


Your skills will be in demand

Inclusive education is fast becoming the preferred model of education worldwide. A Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching (Complex Educational Needs) can lead to a range of career opportunities in New Zealand and further afield.

You could find work or enhance your career in many educational areas such as:

  • Specialist resource teachers, such as resource teacher: learning and behaviour, and resource teacher: blind and low vision
  • Education advisers, such as special education advisors
  • Special education needs coordinators
  • Academic and professional development roles
  • Behaviour support workers
  • Special education teachers

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