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CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support

Australia's most popular teacher aide course at the Institute of Teacher Aide Courses

CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support


Australia’s most popular teacher aide course


The CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support is the introductory teacher aide course covering all of the basics required to work in an Australian school. At this level, students learn to support children in general or mainstream classrooms from pre-primary to Year 12. Note that this course does not cover working with children with disabilities and disorders (see the CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support if you intend on working in this area).


Key topics in the CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support include safety in the classroom, school policies and procedures, the basics of behaviour management, and ways of supporting student learning in core subjects such as maths and English. ITAC’s unique evidence-based CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support includes foundational instructional strategies such as prompting, questioning techniques and formative assessment. These essential skills will turn you into an effective and sought after teacher aide.


ITAC offer this popular teacher aide course in both class-based and online mode. Both modes follow a structured, supported and flexible program with full support from locally based, friendly and experienced trainers. All of ITAC’s courses include free pdf learner guides, free e-books, free short courses with printable certificates, and a range of free webinars, videos, readings and interactive e-learning modules. With thousands of partnering schools, ITAC is the go-to provider for teacher aide training in Australia.

INCLUDED IN THE COURSE

PAYMENT PLANS FROM $40

FREE LEARNER GUIDE & E-BOOKS

STUDY AT YOUR OWN PACE

FRIENDLY LOCAL TRAINERS

30-DAY NO OBLIGATION PERIOD

LEARN EVIDENCE-BASED SKILLS

SUBSIDISED FROM $50 (QLD)

NO ADDITIONAL OR HIDDEN FEES

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Course Details: CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support

Qualification

CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support

Nationally recognised

Yes.

Locations

Available Australia wide.

Distance/online mode

Structured, supported and flexible self-paced mode available Australia wide.

See the flyer for distance/online mode here.

Class-based mode

Available in Perth (Cockburn). Attend a series of 10 introductory workshops held 1 day per week, plus self-paced study at home. Workshops begin every school term. For class-based mode we recommend the Teacher Aide Combo. See the class calendar here. See the class-based flyer here.

Recognition of prior learning

RPL is suitable for TAs with significant industry experience, current employment as a TA, and a history of ongoing professional development. See the RPL flyer here.

Time to complete

A learner who has no experience with children or any previous study or employment history, may take 26 weeks or 600 hours to complete this program. Learners who have experience with children (including parents and carers), related 'people' industries such as childcare or aged care, or who have studied at this level or higher before, may complete this course in a shorter period of time.

Enrolment period

Learners are initially enrolled for 12 months. This allows for periods of illness, travel and other interruptions. ITAC is currently providing a free 4-month extension to all students due to COVID.

Assessments

Theory assessments are mainly short answer questions. Students complete work-based tasks while on placement such as a portfolio, scenarios and demonstrations. There are no exams or essays.

Work placement

This qualification requires all learners to complete a 100-hour placement in a local school (Pre-primary - Year 12).

Topics

Basic concepts such as hazards and risks, policies and procedures, building rapport and motivating students, basic teaching and learning concepts such as the 3Ps (pause, prompt, praise) and teaching phonics to small groups and individuals.

Employability

Graduates typically find work in a mainstream classroom setting.

Certificate

On completion you will be issued an embossed hardcopy certificate. Learners may also earn printable certificates for completed assessments and quizzes, as well as other awards e.g. Certificate of Merit.

Government payments (Centrelink)

Learners enrolled in this course may be eligible for government payments. See Services Australia's website for details.

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Units of Competency for the CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support

1 CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
2 CHCEDS033 Meet legal and ethical obligations in an education support environment
3 CHCEDS034 Contribute to the planning and implementation of educational programs
4 CHCEDS035 Contribute to student education in all developmental domains
5 CHCEDS036 Support the development of literacy and oral language skills
6 CHCEDS037 Support the development of numeracy skills
7 CHCEDS057 Support students with additional needs in the classroom environment
8 CHCEDS059 Contribute to the health, safety and wellbeing of students
9 CHCEDS060 Work effectively with students and colleagues
10 CHCEDS061 Support responsible student behaviour
11 CHCEDS041 Set up and sustain learning areas
12 HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety
13 CHCEDS048 Work with students in need of additional learning support
14 CHCEDS047 Assist in facilitation of student learning
15 CHCEDS058 Support the implementation of behaviour plans

Click here to read a description of each unit.

Minimum requirements

No previous qualifications or experience is required. Must reside in Australia.

Physical capabilities

Ability to engage in learning activities (including games) inside and outside of the classroom.

IT resources

Access to a functional computer with an internet connection, desktop applications, PDF reader and other basics.

IT skills

Ability to complete basic tasks such as opening .pdf documents and watching online videos. As schools are heavily IT focused, learners should be comfortable assisting children with technology i.e. iPads.

Numeracy skills

TAs require knowledge of basic mathematical concepts such as basic calculations, converting mm to cm, finding the average of a set of numbers, and drawing basic graphs - these skills are not taught as part of this course.

Language skills

Ability to complete basic literacy tasks such as reading and comprehending a school policy. TAs need basic Engliah language skills (given that they are teaching these skills to children) e.g. know the difference between 'their', 'there' and 'they're'.

Age

Be turning 16 in the year of enrolment. Students under 18 are required to attend a career guidance interview with an ITAC trainer.

Clearances

Students must obtain (early in their course or beforehand) the relevant clearance to work with children such as a Blue Card(QLD), WWVP(ACT, TAS), or WWCC(WA, Vic., NSW, SA, NT). Click here for details.

Visas

ITAC are not registered to enrol learners on a student visa. If you are currently in Australia on a student visa, you can find CRICOS providers here.

Standard enrolment - $1920 (QLD, WA, SA, Vic & NSW)

Payment plans from $40 per week. Click here for details.

Standard RPL - $1500

Payment plans from $50 per week. Click here for details.

Queensland subsidised
Not yet available for Queensland subsidies.

Frequency

Per Payment

# Payments

Total Cost

Weekly

$40 per week

48

$1920

Fortnightly

$80 per fortnight

24

$1920

Monthly

$160 per month

12

$1920

6 Payments

$320 per month

6

$1920

2 Payments

$960 per month

2

$1920

Frequency

Per Payment

# Payments

Total Cost

Weekly

$50 per week

30

$1500

Fortnightly

$100 per fortnight

15

$1500

Monthly

$250 per month

6

$1500

5 Payments

$500 per month

3

$1500

2 Payments

$750 per month

2

$1500

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AUSTRALIA'S MOST POPULAR TEACHER AIDE COURSES

CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support & CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support

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For the CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support.

PAYMENT PLANS FROM $40

Interest free plans from $40 - no hidden fees, includes all resources.

GOVERNMENT SUBSIDIES

From $50 - courses subsidised by the Queensland government.

SUPPORT

Friendly trainers with years of experience in local schools.

PLACEMENT

We visit every learner on placement to help improve your practice.

30-DAY NO OBLIGATION

A 30-day no obligation period so you can be sure the course is for you.

MODES

Supported, self-paced distance mode or class from 1 day per week.

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CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the difference between the Certificate III and IV in Education Support?

In both of these nationally recognised teacher aide courses, you will learn industry best practices including behaviour management techniques, operational and logistical skills to support the management of the classroom, and a range of evidence-based teaching and learning strategies such as questioning skills, prompting and explicit instruction. The CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support is the introductory teacher aide course and is therefore suitable for students who are not confident enrolling in the higher level CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support.


Teacher aide in classroom after graduating from the CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support

A student from the Institute of Teacher Aide Courses after completing her qualification. Could this be you in a few months?


For more information about these nationally recognised teacher aide courses, we highly recommend reading the following articles: CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support: Everything you need to know and CHC40213 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support: Everything you need to know.


2. Tell me about the CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support?

The CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support is the introductory or beginning qualification for people seeking employment in an Australian school in order to work as a:

  • teacher aide
  • teacher assistant
  • education support worker
  • education assistant
  • integration aide
  • special needs education assistant
  • classroom assistant
  • school support officer (SSO)
  • learning support officer etc.

This popular teacher aide course covers all of the basics of working in a classroom under the close direction of the classroom teacher and is designed mainly for people who intend to work in a mainstream setting.


Regardless of which teacher aide course you choose to study, you will learn a range of effective and practical skills based on current industry best practices and the latest academic research. These are the skills that all teacher aides need to know in order to be effective in their work and to provide the very best services to their students, teachers and the wider school community. These skills can be broadly categorised into four key areas:


1. Teaching and learning strategies such as prompting, asking good questions, scaffolding learning and explicit instruction.

2. Behaviour management strategies such as rapport building and low-key responses.

3. Professional skills such as keeping children safe and understanding the requirements of policies and procedures.

4. Knowledge of students with additional needs, including being aware of the specific needs of students from minority groups or disadvantaged backgrounds.


Teacher aide in the CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support with whiteboard and marker in reading lesson.

Students in ITAC's CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support study a range of strategies including explicit instruction and strategies to teach reading skills.

3. How long does it take to complete the CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support?

As the CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support with the Institute of Teacher Aide Courses is self-paced, the time it takes to complete the program varies from student to student. ITAC have structured this course around a 26 week or 600-hour program. Many students, however, manage to complete the course in a much shorter timeframe. This is due to:

  • experience in schools
  • experience with children (including their own)
  • experience in similar industries such as in childcare
  • experience in caring roles such as aged care, and/or
  • experience with learning at this level or higher.

Parents and guardians in particular, tend to find that most of this course is self-explanatory and somewhat logical, and as a result often move through the program with relative ease. Those from related fields such as childcare and aged care similarly have an advantage when starting this course.


Many of ITAC's students aim to complete their theory in about 3-4 months and then undertake the placement thereafter.


It should be noted however, that many ITAC students decide to spread their studies out over a longer period of time such as 6-9 months. This is because they have other commitments or their studies are interrupted for whatever reason. How long it takes to complete this popular teacher aide course really depends on how much time you are can devote to your studies each week.

4. How many hours per week does it take to complete the CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support with the Institute of Teacher Aide Courses?

Students are recommended to dedicate 10-20 hours per week to their course. This will enable them to comfortably move through the CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support at a steady pace. Students can study fewer hours per week if they wish - it simply means their course might take longer to finish.


A common strategy is to make temporary arrangements that allow you to study as much as possible (within reason of course) over the medium-term (3-6 months or so). This might mean multiple study sessions each week combined with intensive periods now and then. Some students approach their teacher aide course as if it were their full-time (or part-time) job e.g. they 'work' a standard 8-4 several set days per week and even have set lunch and tea breaks. Note that students who are currently employed will need to consider arrangements for the work placement. This may mean taking annual leave in some cases or reducing hours for a set period of time. Note that the placement can be completed 1 day per week however 3-4 days is the most common practice.


5. Is the CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support a nationally recognised course?

Yes, the CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support is a nationally recognised qualification. This means that your certificate will be recognised by all schools across Australia, as well as by other training providers if you seek credit for other courses in the future.


6. Is the CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support available online?

Yes. The CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support can be completed with ITAC via class-based or online mode. At the Institute to Teacher Aide Courses, online mode is by far the most popular mode as it provides maximum flexibility. It means you can study after putting the kids to bed a night, you can study on the bus or train – wherever you like – even while sitting on the toilet!


Distance or online mode has become increasingly popular in recent years probably due to the fact that people have become more comfortable with using technology for a range of different purposes.


You can see examples of ITAC’s online learning portal by checking out our sample page here.

7. What is the best course to become a teacher aide or teacher assistant?

The best way to become a teacher aide or teacher assistant is by enrolling in ITAC's Teacher Aide Combo. The Teacher Aide Combo gives students two certificates for not much more time, cost or effort than a single qualification. It is, in fact, ITAC's most popular teacher aide course and is suitable for most students who are fluent in English and wish to pursue a career as a teacher aide or teacher assistant in an Australian school. ITAC's Teacher Aide Combo gives you double the fire power when applying for positions in schools.


Some students, such as those who are applying for government subsidies, may not be able to enrol in ITAC's Teacher Aide Combo. The government only subsidises individual courses under programs such as the Certificate 3 Guarantee (provided by the Queensland government). For this reason, many students in Queensland choose to study the CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support and then move to the CHC40213 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support afterwards.


Noting this, some students feel more comfortable enrolling in the CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support. This is the minimum qualification required by schools in Australia and it covers all of the basics of working in a general classroom as a teacher aide. To work with special needs students however, the higher qualification is preferred by schools.

8. Where does the CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support qualify me to work?

Graduates of ITAC's CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support can work in an Australian school as a teacher aide or teacher assistant under the broad supervision of any registered teacher. This includes schools such as:

  • primary schools including pre-primary
  • high schools
  • middle schools
  • senior colleges
  • combined schools (k-12 schools)
  • special needs schools and centres
  • alternative schools such as Montessori
  • specialist programs such as language centres, SAER schools (Students at Educational Risk), and behaviour centres.

Graduates of the CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support may find work in government or non-government schools (including independent public schools), metro and regional or remote schools, faith based schools, boarding schools, and various speciality schools such as those for the gifted and talented (accelerated), and agricultural schools. In other words, the CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support qualifies you to work in any school in Australia as a teacher aide or teacher assistant.


Importantly, this teacher aide course covers some of the basics of working with students who have additional needs but it is not the core focus. For this reason, if you plan on working with special needs students including autism, ADHD and intellectual disability - we recommend the higher-level CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support or the Teacher Aide Combo. Note that a large percentage of TAs work with students with autism. To learn more about working with students with autism we recommend accessing the Autism Association’s website.

9. When can I start my placement for the CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support?

We advise students to begin their placement once they have completed all or most of their theory assessments. This is so students first acquire the necessary background knowledge which is then applied in a real-world environment.


10. Do I need to find a placement for the CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support?
Teacher aide on placement in front of books and bookshelf.

While on placement, students complete a range of structured activities designed to improve their pedagogical (teaching) skills and knowledge - often focusing on literacy.


Students who know someone that already works in a school (teacher, teacher aide, school manager, deputy, admin etc.) are encouraged to speak with that person about the possibility of undertaking a placement in their school. From there, the school completes a simple online form (usually a deputy or principal) which is then processed by ITAC who ensures that the school is appropriate, safe, and suitable for the student. This is the easiest method for organising the placement as it means that students can complete their 100 hours at their preferred school.


ITAC can organise a placement for a student, however the student may not be placed in their preferred school or class. The reason for this is that schools get many placements requests (particularly from universities) throughout the year.


Students also need to organise their clearances. This is usually done soon after enrolling in the CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support. The type of clearances that you need depends on your state or territory.

11. How long is the placement for the CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support?

The minimum requirement for the CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support is 100 hours in a registered Australian school approved by ITAC (usually completed over 16 full days).


12. What are the assessments like in the CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support?

There are no exams, tests or essays. Assessments are mostly quizzes, short answer responses and workplace tasks such as scenarios and demonstrations.

13. What do teacher aides do?
Colourful table with cards and learning resources for fun phonics activity

A learning area set up by an ITAC student in the CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support.


Teacher aides work under the direction of a classroom teacher (either directly or indirectly) in order to:

  • support learning
  • manage behaviour
  • assist students with disabilities to fully participate, and to
  • provide general support with the logistical needs of the classroom.

According to joboutlook.gov.au:

  • teacher aides assist teaching staff in preparing teaching materials and with general classroom tasks,
  • demonstrate, supervise and participate in activities which enhance the physical, social, emotional and intellectual development of children in schools, and they
  • assist children with intellectual, physical and behavioural difficulties.
14. Am I eligible for RPL for the CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support?

Read more about Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) by reading our FAQs or download our RPL flyer.


In most cases, to be eligible (and successful) with an RPL application for the CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support you will need:

  • to be currently working in a school as a special need’s teacher aide or at the least with a range of students with diagnosed disabilities and disorders
  • have 5-7 or more years of FTE experience and
  • have completed regular professional learning.
15. Can I attend classes for the CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support?

ITAC classes are currently available in Cockburn Central (WA) and the Brisbane CBD for the Teacher Aide Combo and the CHC40213 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support. Classes are offered one day per week for ten weeks during family-friendly hours, so you will have time to drop off and pick up kids from school. Our classes are workshops that are friendly, supportive, engaging and delivered by our highly trained and experienced trainers – all of them have many years of experience working as teacher aides or teachers in local schools.


group of ITAC students and trainer in class.

ITAC classes are friendly, adult-orientated environments.


Each week, students are introduced to a different topic such as:

  • safety and child protection
  • behaviour management
  • literacy and numeracy strategies
  • teaching and learning strategies
  • professional skills (for example working with students from diverse backgrounds, classroom logistics, hygiene), and
  • a range of other key topics essential to your work as a teacher aide.



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In today’s busy and demanding world, adult learners are looking for more flexible ways to gain qualifications, increase their job prospects and improve their earning potential. Gone are the days where students can afford to spend 20 or 30 hours per week in classroom. Advances in technology now allows students to access high quality and engaging resources in their own home.

Many students prefer to study their course without coming into class on a regular basis. This is commonly referred to as distance learning but can also be called external, online, blended or flexible learning. These terms are very similar and generally mean that:

  • There is little or no attendance on campus
  • Most learning materials are accessed through a website portal
  • Students will often have hardcopy materials as well
  • Students will still have access to support via email and phone
  • Many students still attend tutorials for additional assistance

Flexible learning (also called blended learning) is a combination of class and distance and is where a student attends some online learning and some class based learning. There are many reasons why students choose to study by distance:

  • Classes are not held in the local area
  • Work commitments
  • Family commitments
  • Health reasons
  • A want of more flexible study times
  • Time poor for various reasons
  • Previous experience meaning classes cover existing knowledge
  • Alternative study programs or pathways
  • Regular travel or hospital stays
  • Existing worker completing a traineeships or RPL

Many courses have a work placement requirement such as aged care and child care regardless of which mode of study selected however this is usually completed in the local area.

Even though students are not attending classes, they are still able to access support services including:

  • Email and phone support
  • Booking one on one tutoring
  • Attending regularly held workshops
  • Attending some classes (subject to available places)
  • Orientation and engagement sessions early and throughout the course

The online portal is a structured learning pathway. This means that students work though activities and assessments in a structured manner. This structure is easy to follow and explained step by step. Each topic has instructions on how to complete that particular topic. Resources in the portal generally include:

  • Learner guides for each topic
  • Power point presentations
  • Links to YouTube videos and websites
  • Additional readings
  • Toolboxes with videos and a range of activities
  • Practice activities
  • Free short courses such as work skills, literacy skills and Microsoft Office
  • Assessments and assessment tips and guides
  • Lectures from your trainers

Online learning is becoming more and more popular each year and many courses now enrol more online students than class based students.

If you would like more information please speak to one of our student advisors or you can enrol using our online enrolment form at itac.edu.au

Class Based Learning

Class based learning is a popular study mode and is great for students who have not studied for a long period of time, who live closer to the training location or who simply enjoy being in class. We always recommend enrolling in a class based mode where possible as students who attend classes are typically more successful.

In today’s busy and demanding world, adult learners are looking for more flexible ways to gain qualifications, increase their job prospects and improve their earning potential. Gone are the days where students can afford to spend 20 or 30 hours per week in a classroom. Advances in technology now allows students to access high quality and engaging resources in their own home.

Flexible learning (also called blended learning) is a combination of class and distance and is where a student attends some online learning and some class based learning. Class based learning with ITAC involves the following:

  • Attend class one day per week over a period of time
  • Complete set homework activities and assessments between classes
  • Attend tutorial as needed and recommended by your trainer
  • Complete the workplace learning component
  • Regularly accessing resources and learning materials in the online portal
  • Regular contact with trainers via email, phone, individual meetings/tutorials or during class

Students tell us that they enjoy being in class for two main reasons:
Firstly, because they can easily ask questions and trainers can help students when stuck. Note that many courses have online lectures (recorded in class) for distance students.

Secondly, students enjoy the social aspect of class based learning: swapping stories, talking about the course and helping each other along the way. Many students make new friends and study together outside of class time.

There are many reasons why students choose a flexible class based study mode:

  • Attending full time is not possible
  • Work commitments
  • Family commitments
  • Health reasons
  • A want of more flexible study times
  • Time poor for various reasons
  • Previous experience meaning extensive class time is not an efficient use of time
  • Enrolled in other education programs
  • Regular travel or hospital stays

Many courses have a work placement requirement such as aged care and child care regardless of which mode of study selected however this is usually completed in the local area.

Even though students are attending classes, they are still able to access support services including:

  • Email and phone support
  • Booking one on one tutoring
  • Attending regularly held workshops
  • Attending some classes (subject to available places)
  • Orientation and engagement sessions early and throughout the course

The online portal is a structured learning pathway. This means that students work though activities and assessments in a structured manner as directed by their trainer. This structure is easy to follow and explained step by step. Each topic has instructions on how to complete that particular topic. Resources in the portal generally include:

  • Learner guides for each topic
  • Power point presentations
  • Links to YouTube videos and websites
  • Additional readings
  • Toolboxes with videos and a range of activities
  • Practice activities
  • Free short courses such as work skills, literacy skills and Microsoft Office
  • Assessments and assessment tips and guides
  • Lectures from your trainers

Flexible learning is becoming more and more popular as people become busier.

If you would like more information please speak to one of our student advisors or you can enrol using our online enrolment form at itac.edu.au

Education Support - A Guide

Education Assistants work in schools such as kindergartens, primary schools, high schools and special needs centres.

Education Assistants work under the guidance and instruction of teachers. They can work with a single student for most of the day or float in a class or a number of classes helping many different students.

Education Assistants or EAs for short can also be called integration aides, teacher aides, support workers, teacher assistants, Aboriginal and Indigenous Education Officers or AIEOs, Home Economic Assistants, or school support officers.

Some of the main tasks of an EA includes:

  • Helping individual students with activities and learning
  • Helping small groups of students with activities and learning
  • Helping students with core skills such as reading, writing and numeracy
  • Helping students who have learning difficulties, a disability or a disorder
  • Helping the teacher with behaviour management, ensuring that students are on task
  • Helping the teacher with activities such as cleaning and preparing resources
  • Ensuring that students are safe at all times

Education Assistants are most often employed to work with students who need additional support in learning or due to a disability or behavioural issues.

EAs may also work in specialist positions such as in literacy programs or youth at risk programs.

To obtain work as an EA you will need to have the following:

  • A Working with Children Check
  • Usually a police clearance is also required
  • A relevant qualification such as the Certificate III in Disability or Certificate III in Education Support
  • A suitable demeanour, attitude and presentation to work in a school environment
  • A love of working with children and other people in a team environment
  • A good quality resume and cover letter

Education Assistants undertake many community service work tasks including but not limited to:

  • Working with parents and guardians on a daily basis
  • Assisting with case management (IEPs and IBPs)
  • Organising community events such as excursions and fetes
  • Assisting vulnerable groups of people such as low-socio economic
  • Ensuring abuse and neglect is reported to supervisors
  • Obtaining funding such as grants from government departments or local businesses
  • Organising and assisting with events such as art displays
  • Working with local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • Assisting with a range of disabilities and disorders
  • Researching and informing clients of support services and networks
  • Liaising with community groups
  • Liaising with specialist case workers such as psychologists and teachers
  • Managing behaviour and learning
  • Planning activities and creating resources

Education assistants often work with children with disabilities including but not limited to:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Dyslexia
  • Processing disorders
  • Developmental delay disorders
  • Foetal Alcohol Syndrome
  • Oppositional Defiance Disorder
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Mental health
  • Fragile X
  • Downs Syndrome

It is generally easy to find casual and part time work as an education assistant by putting your name down at all schools in your local area. This often leads to more permanent employment. Many education assistants work part time.

When looking for work, don’t forget special needs schools which are schools within the main school that even have their own Principal, teachers and administration staff. Over 90% of people who enrol in a course to become an education assistant are female and are often mothers who are looking for family friendly work hours.

Depending on the course and level, education assistants learn the following:

  • Safety including duty of care laws
  • Education policy and regulations
  • Supporting students literacy and numeracy learning
  • Instructional techniques (how to help students learn)
  • Techniques for working with a diverse range of people
  • Behaviour management techniques
  • Developmental domains such as cognitive, language and social development
  • Basics of and techniques for working with specific disabilities and disorders
  • Creating activities and basic planning
  • Working with Individual Education Plans (IEPs) and Individual Behaviour Plans (IBPs)
  • Early Years Learning Framework implementation

Working in the education sector is challenging, rewarding and is a never ending learning curve. Rarely will you be bored working as an education assistant as each day presents a new challenge.

If you would like more information, please speak to one of our student advisors.

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CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support

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CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support

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TEACHER AIDE COMBO

Study two courses in one streamlined program with the Teacher Aide Combo

Save time and money by completing ITAC's popular Teacher Aide Combo.

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SAMPLE RESOURCES

Have a look at our range of sample course resources and materials

Be sure to ask your provider for a sample of their resources and assessments before enrolling.

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TESTIMONIALS FROM ITAC GRADUATES

Thousands of graduates - thousands of schools

Sherrie

Thanks to my trainer and ITAC, I know made the right decision to change my career.

Dawn

A wonderful course, awesome trainer and fantastic content!

Rebecca

I enjoyed the course content and the class dynamics. Thank you.

Jenni

It was a great experience learning in a happy, fun and professional atmosphere.

Stephanie

This course has been a fun experience and I now feel confident and ready to begin my new career.

Anjanette

I had the best time doing my course. ITAC staff were all helpful and friendly. Thank you so much.

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The Institute of Teacher Aide Courses is the go-to provider for nationally recognised teacher aide courses. Around 1 in 2 students choose to study Australia's most popular TA course with ITAC.

              

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