Teachers Certificate Course 2020: Spaces still available!

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Very popular so we advise to book early.

Six weekends: May – September 2020. Registrations close February 2020 or when full.

This specially tailored SPELD NSW course has been designed for learning support and mainstream classroom teachers of students who have specific learning difficulties who wish to update and enhance their skills and knowledge and for teachers wishing to become a SPELD NSW tutor. The course provides up-to-date, research-based information concerning the acquisition of literacy and numeracy skills and students with specific learning difficulties.

Teachers Certificate Course 2020 Information and App. Form (PDF)

The SPELD NSW Certificate course is not an Australian Qualification Framework qualification.


Course Outcomes

The purpose of this course is to provide the skills and knowledge to:

  1. Understand how students learn and how learning difficulties can impact a student’s learning
  2. Evaluate the research on literacy and numeracy acquisition
  3. Develop specific programs to meet the needs of students with learning difficulties in the areas of vocabulary, reading, spelling, fluency, comprehension, written expression and numeracy
  4. Monitor and assess student learning


Course Structure

The course includes lectures, small group practical teaching activities, quizzes and group discussion.

Plus Assignments and Prescribed Readings to be completed outside the course hours

  • tutors neededA case study based on a spelling program – assessment of a child’s spelling, three lesson plans and evaluations.
  • A 1,000-word research paper on reading.
  • Prescribed Readings.


Participants will receive:

  • Course Materials for each session
  • Research papers for prescribed readings
  • A wide range of teaching resources and activities
  • Morning tea and lunch each day


Target Audience

  • K-6 primary school teachers
  • Learning Support teachers
  • Secondary School literacy and support teachers
  • Literacy tutors



Completing Certificate Course for Teachers of Students with Specific Learning Difficulties will contribute 66 hours and 0 minutes of QTC Registered PD addressing 1.1.2, 1.2.2, 1.3.2, 1.5.2, 2.1.2, 2.5.2, 3.2.2, 4.1.2, 5.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.



Weekend Course Dates

16 & 17 May 2020 How Students Learn and Learning Difficulties

30 & 31 May 2020 Oral Language and Vocabulary

27 & 28 June 2020 Phonemic Awareness, Phonics and Reading

25&26 July 2020 Spelling, Morphology Written Expression

22 & 23 August 2020 Fluency and Comprehension Numeracy

19 & 20 September 2020 Assessment, planning and monitoring. Assistive Technology. Numeracy



  • 9.00 am – 3.30 pm Saturdays
  • 9.00 am – 3.30 pm Sundays



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



$2,600 (incl. GST) Individual membership worth $70 is included.

5 student teacher places are available at the Teachers Certificate Course for students completing their initial teacher education or within the first 2 years of completing their initial teacher education. The cost of a student teacher place is $1,800 (including GST).


Norma Cowper Scholarship for Regional Travel

A scholarship to assist a Department of Education Teacher from a NSW Regional area to undertake the 2020 course. Scholarship will go towards costs of travel and accommodation for the six weekends of the course. It does not include the Registration Fee. If you are interested in applying for this scholarship please email Georgina Perry at


Application, Payment and Refund Policy

Once participants have completed the application form, and received an acceptance notification, a deposit of $500 is required to secure your position in the Teachers Certificate Course. Full payment of course fees must be received by 15 April 2020. (Payment plans are available on application.)

The deposit is fully refundable prior to 1 February 2020. From 1 February 2020, 50% of the deposit is refundable. From 15 April 2020, no refunds are available unless another student is identified to take your place. There will be a $50 administration fee charged for any cancellations.

Teachers Certificate Course 2020 Information and App. Form (PDF)



Teachers Certificate Course 2016

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 T.C.C. Graduate
Trinity Anglican College, Albury/Wodonga.


“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.”

Nadine Cooke, 2015 T.C.C. Graduate
Danebank Anglican School for Girls, Hurstville.


“Over the years I have learnt many techniques, from Professional Development and wonderful mentoring Learning Support Teachers and Classroom teachers, but now from doing this course the DIFFERENCE IS NOW I UNDERSTAND WHY AND HOW.”   

Pip Cloros, Teachers’ Aide, 2015 Graduate
Knox Grammar


“I recently completed the SPELD NSW Certificate course for teachers of students with specific learning difficulties. The course was wonderful it included hands on activities, resources, recommended readings and research, highly skilled and passionate teachers/instructors.

I added many ideas and strategies to my classroom in 2016 and noticed a dramatic improvement in all my students not just those with specific learning needs. If you are passionate about helping every student in your class I highly recommend this course..”

Deborah Peters, 2016 T.C.C. Graduate
Teacher at NSW Department of Education and Communities.


“I strongly recommend this course to all teachers at all levels of experience. Provided me with the skills to confidently make changes to my teaching methods in order to better meet the needs of my students.”

Clare Karlis, 2017 T.C.C. Graduate
Special Needs Teacher – St Therese Primary School


“SPELD NSW’s Certificate Course for teachers with specific learning difficulties is beneficial for all teachers. So many elements of the course are not covered in pre-service teacher training and are vital to ensure teachers can equip our future learners with the skills to function successfully in the complex world.”

Janine Timillero, 2018 Graduate  
High School Teacher


“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 in the TCC. I truly can’t recommend this course highly enough!”

Cassie Dixon, 2019 Graduate
Primary School Teacher

Teachers Certificate Course 2020 Information and App. Form (PDF)