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.
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.
You are also required to meet UC's English language requirements.
Specific entry requirements
Candidates 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, 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 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 the New Zealand Teachers Council for registration as a teacher in terms of character and fitness to be a teacher.
For the full entry requirements see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Certificate in Specialist Teaching or use the admission requirements checker.
How to apply
You can apply online at myUC. Find out more about how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.
The course of study for the PGCertSpecTchg comprises of courses equivalent to 60 points.
It can be studied in a minimum of 1 year part-time, or up to 2 years part-time.
The Certificate includes one compulsory course and one optional course focused on different teaching needs.
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
For the up-to-date schedule of courses, see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Certificate in Specialist Teaching.
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.
- Read what other UC postgraduate students have gone on to achieve in their studies and careers in our student and graduate profiles.
- Our Careers, Internships & Employment team can help you to achieve the career you want, connect with employers or find a job.
- For research into career destinations by qualification, visit the Universities New Zealand website.
- Find out more about what you can do with a degree from UC.
- Come along to an upcoming information event for prospective postgraduate students.
For full requirements see 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 | Te Rāngai Ako me te Hauora
University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha
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