People with dyslexia and other specific learning disabilities often suffer years of failure and despondency at school. You could be the one to nurture them to success.

This Level 5 programme (NZQA approved) is the pathway for those interested in becoming a SPELD NZ Teacher. It is also open to others who wish to extend their knowledge and expertise in teaching, or learning about, people with specific learning disabilities (SLD).

“The most informative and positive experience I have ever had in my teaching career of 15 years.”

The certificate programme will require 400 hours participation/study activity between March and October 2019.  It will be delivered online but there will be a face-to-face workshop component during the July school holidays.

More details are available in this pre-course information booklet

The fees for the 2019 course are $2,000.

SPELD NZ scholarships may be available for teachers in some parts of New Zealand.  Here is the scholarship criteria and application form. Scholarship applications must be received by SPELD NZ by 14 December 2018.

Applications for the course close 18 January 2019.  Late applications may be accepted on payment of a late processing fee. Conditions apply.   Enrolment needs to be complete by 21 Feb 2019.

Enrolment is a two part process:


  • If you would like to apply and ascertain your eligibility to enrol on the 2019 course, please complete and send us this enrolment form, along with certified copies of your tertiary qualifications, and the page of your passport containing name, date of birth, nationality etc. (If you are not a NZ citizen please also photocopy the page of your passport containing your NZ residency permit. Please ensure that your passport has not expired).
  • No payment is necessary to apply.

Applications should be posted to SPELD NZ Southern Regional Office, PO Box 27-253, Shirley Christchurch 8640.


We will then advise you of your eligibility to enrol and email you the Public Trust Fee Protection paperwork for you to complete and return to us. Payment should then be made to the Public Trust.

For further information, please call 0800 773 536 or email