Teachers Certificate Course

Teachers' Certificate CourseCURRENTLY ACCEPTING EXPRESSIONS OF INTERESTThe specially tailored SPELD NSW Teachers’ Certificate Course takes place annually over six weekends. Early bookings and expressions of interest are encouraged.  Designed for teachers and tutors who wish to update their skills and knowledge and for teachers interested in joining the SPELD NSW Referral Database as a Tutor Member.

Due to the impact of COVID 19 on the community, the SPELD NSW Teachers’ Certificate Course has been postponed. 

New dates for the Teachers’ Certificate Course will be confirmed once SPELD NSW is again able to schedule face to face professional learning.  Until then, we welcome expressions of interest for this popular course.

Why consider the SPELD NSW Teachers’ Certificate Course 

The SPELD NSW Teachers’ Certificate Course is suitable for Learning Support teachers, Primary School Classroom teachers, High School literacy and support teachers, new graduates and specialist tutors. 

  • 66 hours of NESA accredited professional learning
  • Course materials, prescribed readings and assignments
  • A wide range of teacing resources and hand-on activties
  • Research and evidence based
  • Engaging presenters with teaching experience

What is the course structure?

Participant’s learning takes place over six weekends of face to face course work.  Assignments and prescribed readings are to be completed outside the course hours.

  • Six weekends of face to face lectures, small group practical teaching activities and group discussions
  • A case study assessment of a child's spelling, three lesson plans and evaluations
  • A 1,000 word research paper on reading
  • Prescibed readings on evidence based literacy instruction

What are the course outcomes? 

The SPELD NSW Teachers’ Certificate Course provides skills and knowledge to support students with specific learning difficulties like dyslexia.

  • Understand how students and how learning difficulties can impact a student’s learning
  • Evaluate the research on literacy and numeracy acquisition
  • Develop specific programs to meet the needs of students with learning difficulties with a focus on oral language, phonemic awareness and phonics, reading and spelling, vocabulary and morphology, written expression and numeracy
  • Understand how to monitor and assess student learning and growth


SPELD NSW offices – Level 1, 52 O’Connell Street, Parramatta. 

Teachers' Certificate Course Dates

9.00am until 3.30pm Saturdays and Sundays for six weeks.

  • Weekend One - How Students Learn & Learning Difficulties
  • Weekend Two - Oral Language & Assessment of Literacy Difficulties
  • Weekend Three - Phonemic Awareness, Phonics and Reading
  • Weeknd Four - Spelling, Morphology, Vocabulary & Written Expression
  • Weekend Five - Fluency, Comprehension & Numeracy
  • Weekend Six - Assistive Technology, Resoures & Numeracy

What teachers are saying about the Teachers' Certificate Course

“Thank you SPELD NSW and all those involved for coordinating such an extraordinary course. We have all come a long way on this journey and I know that I am now a better educator because of my time with the SPELD NSW Teacher Certificate Course. I truly can’t recommend this course highly enough!”
Primary School Teacher
“Over many years I’ve completed many hours of Professional Development and I can without hesitation say that the recent SPELD NSW course I completed was by the far the best I’ve ever attended. I looked forward to each weekend and always came away with new ideas, resources, contacts and an excitement to implement change. The speakers were all highly experienced and credentialed, always providing practical and essential training to further successful intervention. It was great to form friendships with other teachers from various sectors all whom shared a passion to assist the struggling student. The assignments tasks were relevant and enabled clarification of learning needs and additionally, in depth evaluation of teaching methodologies and process. It is my pleasure to highly recommend this course.” I would highly recommend this course for new and ‘old’ teachers alike.”
Regional Anglican College
“Certificate Course for Teachers of Children with Specific Learning Difficulties was without doubt the most practical and inspiring professional development program I have undertaken. Experts in their various fields shared the latest research and best practice models to enhance the learning outcomes of our students. Meeting over six weekends with a group of highly motivated people was also a plus. Everyone benefited from each other’s skills and experiences. I would highly recommend this course for new and ‘old’ teachers alike.”
Teacher Independent School

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