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Postgraduate Certificate in Specialist Teaching

Key facts

  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Not available for international students

Explore specialist teaching as an interprofessional field of practice

The Postgraduate Certificate in Specialist Teaching will give you advanced study to graduate as a specialist resource teacher.

What is it like?

Find out more about entry requirements, fees and courses in the planning section.

Advance your knowledge of inclusive education as an interprofessional field of practice by becoming a specialist resource teacher in the areas of autism spectrum disorder, learning and behaviour, blind and vision impairment, or gifted and talented. You’ll extend your capability for working collaboratively within a wider team of professional practice and expand your skills in research, critical analysis, problem-solving and the effective use of technologies and online communications.

This programme is offered in partnership with the University of Canterbury.

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 Certificate 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 New Zealand teacher education degree or a professional qualification
  • Are currently registered as a teacher or professional (eg, speech therapist, educational psychologist)
  • Have at least two years’ experience as a teacher, educator or professional working in a recognised educational, work-place or community setting


Graduates of the Postgraduate Certificate in Specialist Teaching provide educational support to staff, students and whanau across special and inclusive education areas in one of many roles, including:

  • Resource Teacher of Learning and Behaviour (RTLB)
  • Resource Teacher of Vision (RTV)
  • Ongoing Resource Scheme (ORS) funded teacher
  • Special Education Needs coordinator (SENCO)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder coordinator
  • Gifted Education coordinator
  • Experienced teachers in local or special schools or early childhood centres

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