Postgraduate Certificate in Specialist Teaching


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.

Entry requirements

Postgraduate certificates and diplomas require a relevant bachelor's degree. If you gained your qualifications overseas, these will need to be assessed to ensure they are of an equivalent standard.

Qualification specific requirements

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

  • qualified for a New Zealand teacher education degree or qualified for a recognised three-year diploma in early childhood, primary, or secondary teaching in New Zealand, and
  • hold current teacher registration in New Zealand, and
  • normally acquired at least two years experience as a teacher or educator in a recognised educational, work-place or community setting.

The relevance and standard of undergraduate studies and any subsequent professional work experience are the main criteria of approval.

Candidates who do not hold current 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 the New Zealand Teachers Council for registration as a teacher in terms of character and fitness to be a teacher.

For full entry requirements see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Certificate in Specialist Teaching or use the admission requirements checker.

You are also required to meet UC’s English language requirements.

Qualification structure and duration

The course of study for the PGCertSpecTchg comprises of courses equivalent to 60 points.


Five months full-time, up to two years part-time.

Subjects and courses

For the up-to-date schedule of courses, visit our University Regulations website.

How to apply

Find out how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.

Career opportunities

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. 

Useful information:

More information

For full requirements the Regulations for the Postgraduate Certificate in Specialist Teaching.

For study planning help contact the College of Education, Health and Human Development:

College of Education, Health and Human Development
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
Ōrakipaoa Building
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand

Phone +64 3 343 9606
Email education@canterbury.ac.nz