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Professional development

There are a wide range of professional development providers that teachers and schools can access. To find a provider in your area, click on the interactive map provided.

There are also many online opportunities for professional development in gifted education. They provide a useful starting place if you are wanting to learn a little more about gifted education.

Further education

Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching

Massey University

The Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching is a qualification which is offered in partnership with the University of Canterbury. It adopts an inquiry-based interprofessional education approach using a range of blended learning options for all students regardless of location.

There are seven specialist endorsement areas:

  • Learning and Behaviour (offered by both Massey University and University of Canterbury)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (offered only by Massey University)
  • Blind and Low Vision (offered only by Massey University)
  • Complex Educational Needs (subject to CUAP Approval) (offered only by Massey University)
  • Gifted and Talented (offered only by Massey University)
  • Deaf and Hearing Impairment (offered only by University of Canterbury)
  • Early Intervention (offered only by University of Canterbury).

The qualification consists of four compulsory papers: core theory and foundations; specialist theory and foundations; evidence-based practice and a practicum. The interprofessional approach allows specialist teachers in inclusive education to learn with, from and about each other within a community of practice.

Certificate of Effective Practice in Gifted Education

REACH Educational Consultancy

This course is designed firstly to help teachers build in-depth understanding of how and why gifted learners differ so markedly from other students in their learning needs, and then to support teachers in developing a comprehensive set of thoroughly practical strategies for working with these students. Delivered in 12 modules with continuous individual support from expert tutors, with tasks specifically related to your teaching situation. Available online in a simple email format. For a downloadable prospectus, enrolment form and participant reviews, go to “online course” at  www.giftedreach.org.nz or email Reach Education’s director,  Rosemary Cathcart.


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