Type of qualification
Level of study
Once you’ve graduated with a bachelor’s degree – or have equal experience – you can study at the postgraduate level. Doctoral qualifications require additional entry requirements.
Our courses follow the New Zealand Qualification Framework (NZQF) levels.
Time to complete
Where you can study
International students are not New Zealand citizens or residents.
Study a Postgraduate Certificate in Specialist Teaching – PGCertSpecTchg
Note: This qualification is covered by the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Amendment Order 2021. Students are required to provide details of their vaccination status on enrolment.
The Postgraduate Certificate in Specialist Teaching (PGCertSpTchg) will allow you to graduate as a specialist resource teacher.
Deepen your knowledge of inclusive education as an inter-professional field of practice.
Become a specialist resource teacher in the areas of:
- blind and low vision
- complex educational needs
- deaf and hard of hearing
- early intervention
- gifted education
- learning and behaviour.
Neurodiversity is woven throughout the learning.
You’ll extend your capability for working collaboratively within a wider team of professional practice. You’ll also expand your skills in research, critical analysis, problem-solving and the effective use of technologies and online communications.
Note: The Postgraduate Certificate in Specialist Teaching does not qualify you to be a teacher.
A PGCertSpecTchg is a good fit if you:
- have a New Zealand teacher education degree or a professional qualification
- are currently registered as a teacher or professional (e.g. speech therapist, educational psychologist)
- have at least two years’ experience as a teacher, educator or professional.
Admission to Massey
All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.
This is a selected entry qualification. This means there are a number of extra requirements you must meet.
To enter the Postgraduate Certificate in Specialist Teaching programme you will have:
- been awarded or qualified for a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent), and
- been awarded or qualified for a relevant professional qualification, and
- have completed at least two years relevant professional experience.
You must provide verified copies of all academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey University
You will also provide the following documents as part of the selection process:
- a copy of your current curriculum vitae (including education and employment for at least the last five years)
- a verified copy of your current practising certificate issued by the Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand (if a registered teacher with a current full practising certificate)
- a copy of a police report from every overseas country you have lived in for more 12 months in the last 10 years – please do not supply originals as these will need to be supplied to the Education Council at a later date.
If you are not a registered teacher you will also need to supply a completed New Zealand Police Request and Consent form, along with two pieces of verified identification (one of which must be photographic) from the list of acceptable forms of identification.
Application closing date
Applications for this qualification close on 10 December 2021.
English language requirements
If your first language is not English or Te Reo Māori and you have not gained a New Zealand university entrance qualification, or an overseas entrance qualification in a country where the main language is English, you will be required to provide evidence of proficiency in English. This will take the form of an academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 7.0 with no band less than 7.0 (or the equivalent TOEFL score) or other evidence that is acceptable to Academic Board.
IELTS exemption: A teacher who has registered with the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand and holds a current Practising Certificate will be exempted from meeting this English language requirement.
Health and disability
If you have any short or long-term disabilities including a learning disability or health issue that may affect your study, please upload a summary in your application. If you disclose any disability, health or personal information as part of your application, this will be assessed during the selection process and is confidential to the university staff processing your application.
Please provide a full curriculum vitae including details of your educational and professional qualifications, employment history with dates and descriptions of roles and responsibilities, membership of associations/organisations, and a list of professional publications and research reports.
English language skills
If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, see our English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses.
Maximum time limits for completion
There are maximum time limits to complete some undergraduate and all postgraduate qualifications. If you do not complete within the maximum time, you may be required to re-apply for the qualification if you wish to continue your studies.
- General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas and Postgraduate Certificates.
- Contact us through the Get advice button on this page if you have any questions.
To understand what you need to study and must complete to graduate read the official rules and regulations for this qualification.
You should read these together with all other relevant Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas, and Postgraduate Certificates.
For returning students, there may be changes to the majors and minors available and the courses you need to take. Go to the section called ‘Transitional Provisions’ in the Regulations to find out more.
In some cases the qualification or specialisation you enrolled in may be no longer be taking new enrolments, so may not appear on these web pages. To find information on the regulations for these qualifications go to the Massey University Calendar.
Please contact us through the Get advice button on this page if you have any questions.
Structure of the Postgraduate Certificate in Specialist Teaching
This qualification is only available for part-time study.
Courses and specialisations
- Each qualification has its own specific set of courses. Some universities call these papers. You enrol in courses after you get accepted into Massey.
- Course code
- Each course is numbered using 6 digits. The fourth number shows the level of the course. For example, in course 219206, the fourth number is a 2, so it is a 200-level course (usually studied in the second year of full-time study).
- Each course is worth a number of credits. You combine courses (credits) to meet the total number of credits needed for your qualification.
- Some qualifications let you choose what subject you'd like to specialise in. Your major or endorsement is what you will take the majority of your courses in.
- Compulsory course – 30 credits
- Elective from the Schedule – 30 credits
Course planning key
- Courses that need to be completed before moving onto a course at the next level. For example, a lot of 200-level courses have 100-level prerequisite courses.
- Courses that must be completed at the same time as another course are known as corequisite courses.
- Some courses are restricted against each other because their content is similar. This means you can only choose one of the offered courses to study and credit to your qualification.
Elective courses (Choose 30 credits from)
Course code: 249740 Theory and Practice of Deaf and Hard of Hearing credits 30
An advanced study of the theory and practice of specialist teachers in the area of Deaf and Hard of Hearing.View full course details
Course code: 249746 Theory and Practice of Blind and Low Vision Education credits 30
An advanced study of the theory and practice of specialist teachers in the area of blind and low visionView full course details
Course code: 249747 Theory and Practice of Early Intervention credits 30
An advanced study of the theory and practice of specialist teachers in the area of Early Intervention.View full course details
Course code: 249753 Theory and Practice of Learning and Behaviour Diversity credits 30
An advanced study of the theory and practice of specialist teachers in the area of learning and behaviour diversityView full course details
Course code: 249758 Theory and Practice of Te Kaupapa o Te Kōhanga Reo credits 30
An advanced study of the theory and practice of Kaihāpai in the area of Te Kaupapa o Te Kōhanga Reo.View full course details
Course code: 249760 Theory and Practice of Complex Educational Needs credits 30
An advanced study of the theory and practice of specialist teachers in the area of complex educational needsView full course details
Course code: 262751 Theory and Practice of Gifted and Talented Education credits 30
An advanced study of the theory and practice of specialist teachers in the area of gifted and talentedView full course details
Fees and scholarships
Fees, student loans and free fees scheme
Your tuition fees may be different depending on the courses you choose. Your exact fees will show once you have chosen your courses.
There will also be some compulsory non-tuition fees and for some courses, there may also be charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.
- Get an estimate of the tuition fees for your qualification
- View a list of non-tuition fees that may be payable
Already know which courses you're going to choose?
You can view fees for the courses that make up your qualification on the course details pages.
Student loans (StudyLink) and Fees Free scheme
You may be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.
The New Zealand Government offers fees-free tertiary study for eligible domestic students. Find out more about the scheme and your eligibility on the Fees Free website. To use the site's eligibility checking tool, you will need your National Student Number.
Current and returning Massey students can find their National Student Number in the student portal.
This information is for estimation purposes only. Actual fees payable will be finalised on confirmation of enrolment. Unless otherwise stated, all fees shown are quoted in New Zealand dollars and include Goods and Services Tax, if any. Before relying on any information on these pages you should also read the University's Disclaimer Notice.
Careers and job opportunities
Graduates of the Postgraduate Certificate in Specialist Teaching provide educational support to staff, students and whānau 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.