2015 Teachers Certificate Course (Apps close 6 March 2015 or before if spaces filled)

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SPELD NSW Professional Development Program

2015 Certificate Course for Teachers of Students with Specific Learning Difficulties.

Note: Strictly limited numbers, Applications close 6th March 2015 or before if all spaces are filled.

Course commences on 7th March 2015.

CLICK HERE for 2015 Course Information, Dates and Application Form (PDF 692 KB)

Do not send any fees with this application form. Return this application form either by email or post it to us, Attention: Carolyn Washburn.

CLICK HERE to apply online


Norma Cowper Scholarship (applications close 23rd Jan 2015)

A scholarship for a Department of Education and Communities Teacher from a NSW Regional area to undertake the 2015 course. Scholarship will cover costs of travel and accommodation and provide a meal allowance for the six weekends of the course. It does not include the Registration Fee.

CLICK HERE for more information on the scholarship. (PDF 112 KB)


Course Outline

This SPELD NSW course has been designed for teachers of students who have learning difficulties, mainstream classroom teachers who wish to update their teaching skills and anyone wishing to become a SPELD NSW tutor. It will provide up-to-date, research-based information concerning the acquisition of literacy and numeracy skills. The course will be run on 6 weekends between 7 March to 28 June, 2015.



The purpose of this course is to provide opportunities for participants to learn how to:

1. Select assessment and diagnostic methods and tools which are consistent with their purpose(s);

2. Search for, and evaluate, research on spelling, early reading, comprehension, written expression and numeracy acquisition and instruction;

3. Identify instructional programs whose effectiveness has been empirically demonstrated; derive principles from these to guide the evaluation and, where necessary, the supplementation, of commonly used instructional programs and materials;

4. Construct instructional programs for learners with special needs, based on the findings of the literature search;

5. Measure the effectiveness of instructional procedures in reading and spelling used with learners with special needs.


Learning Experiences

Participants will experience learning in this course through the following methods: lecture, small group activities, quizzes, class discussions, individual readings.


Target Audience

Literacy tutors, Support teachers, K-6 primary school teachers, Secondary School literacy teachers.


Weekend Dates and What’s On

7 & 8 March, 2015 – Introduction

21 & 22 March, 2015 – Reading

2 & 3 May, 2015 – Spelling

23 & 24 May, 2015 – Written Expression

13 & 14 June, 2015 – Comprehension

27 & 28 June, 2015 – Maths * first weekend of school holidays


Course Educators

LIN MEEKS MA (Spec. Ed), B.A., Grad Dip Ed.

CRISS MOORE Bach of Teaching (Honours)


SALLY ROBINSON-KOOI – Bed (TESOL), Dip of Teaching (Primary)


KAREN KELLY – BAdipED, Masters of Education

Wendy Coggins – B. App. SC (Sp Path), MSPAA, CPSP (Guest Speaker)

Walter Howe, Educational Psychologist (Guest Speaker)


Check the 2015 Teachers Course Information and Application Form (PDF 692 KB) For more information about each of the Course Educators and the Course itself.


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SPELD NSW – NSW Institute of Teachers’ endorsed provider of Institute Registered professional development for the maintenance of accreditation at Proficient Teacher/Professional Competence.

Scope of Endorsement

Standards 1, 2, 3, 5 and Descriptor 4.1.2 of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers at the level of Proficient Teacher

Elements 1, 2, 3 and Standard 5.2.3 of the NSW Professional Teaching Standards at Professional Competence


One Response to "2015 Teachers Certificate Course (Apps close 6 March 2015 or before if spaces filled)"

  1. SPELD NSW Posted on November 4, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    Lyn Maxwell, 2014 Graduate

    It was my privilege to attend the six weekend course at Sydney last semester.

    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.

    Lyn Maxwell, 2014 Graduate
    Trinity Anglican College, Albury/Wodonga

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