Development and Provision of Specialist Qualification in Special Education

Project Description:

Inclusive education is becoming the preferred model of education world-wide and indeed, the model of education suggested in human rights conventions ratified by countries around the world. A critical aspect of achieving the right to education for all children and young people is a focus on increasing teacher capability.  Research consistently shows that teacher capability is one of the major prerequisites for successful inclusive education systems.  The New Zealand Government has contracted Massey University to contribute to building the professional capacity of teachers and specialists by way of the development and provision of a specialist qualification in special education – The Post Graduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching.

The qualification consists of six endorsements in the following areas:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Blind and Low Vision
  • Complex Educational Needs
  • Deaf and Hearing Impaired
  • Early Intervention
  • Gifted and Talented
  • Learning and Behaviour

Funding Body:

MOED-Ministry of Education

Date Range:

2009 – 2021

Project Team:

Associate Professor Alison Kearney (Project Director)

Associate Professor Mandia Mentis (Programme Coordinator)

Dr Vijaya Dharan

Dr Jude MacArthur

Vanessa White

Nicola McDowell

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