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CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support

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

CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support


Study Australia's most popular teacher aide course with ITAC


The CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support is the highest-level nationally recognised qualification to become a teacher aide in Australia. This course covers all of the basics of working as a teacher aide in an Australian school as well as how to support the learning of students with disabilities, disorders and learning difficulties – particularly children with autism, intellectual disability and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).


Key topics in the CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support include work health and safety, child protection, pro-active and reactive behaviour management techniques, instructional techniques, and strategies to support specific disabilities and disorders such as using POD communication books. ITAC students also learn how to support and facilitate language and literacy programs including for students at educational risk. Become a sought-after and highly valued member of your school community by learning these and many other essential skills - only at the Institute of Teacher Aide Courses.


ITAC offer the CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support in both class-based mode (WA only) and online mode. Both modes are fully supported, structured and self-paced programs catering for busy adult learners. ITAC's teacher aide 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

HARDCOPY CERTIFICATE

Course Details:


CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support

Qualification

CHC40221 Certificate IV 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

Students study a range of best practice strategies and learn to apply them with students with additional needs particularly autism, intellectual disability and ADHD. Students study research-based behavioural and instructional techniques such as explicit instruction and systematic prompting. Students are exposed to several advanced concepts such as the zone of proximal development.

Employability

Graduates of this course are qualified to work in any TA role including schools or centres for students with additional needs, or other specialist programs.

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 in the CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support

1 CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
2 CHCECE054 Encourage understanding of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Peoples cultures
3 CHCEDS033 Meet legal and ethical obligations in an education environment
4 CHCEDS045 Support student mathematics learning
5 CHCEDS046 Support student literacy learning
6 CHCEDS047 Assist in facilitation of student learning
7 CHCEDS048 Work with students in need of additional learning support
8 CHCEDS051 Facilitate learning for students with disabilities
9 CHCEDS056 Provide support to students with autism spectrum disorder
10 CHCEDS058 Support the implementation of behaviour plans
11 CHCEDS059 Contribute to the health, safety and wellbeing of students
12 CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice
13 CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
14 CHCDIS009 Facilitate ongoing skills development using a person-centred approach
15 HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety
16 CHCEDS036 Support the development of literacy and oral language skills
17 CHCEDS061 Support responsible student behaviour

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 - $2160 (QLD, WA, SA, Vic & NSW)

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

Queensland subsidised
Not yet available for Queensland subsidies.
Standard RPL - $1500

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

Frequency

Per Payment

# Payments

Total Cost

Weekly

$40 per week

54

$2160

Fortnightly

$80 per fortnight

27

$2160

Monthly

$180 per month

12

$2160

6 Payments

$360 per month

6

$2160

2 Payments

$1080 per month

2

$2160

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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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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Frequently asked questions for the


CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support

1. What is the CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support?
Teacher assistant in a classroom with a small group of students.

Enrol in a high-quality teacher aide course to learn best practice skills and strategies to support individual and small group work – only at ITAC.


The CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support is the higher-level, nationally recognised teacher aide course. As with the CHC30213 Certificate III in School Based Education Support, students learn best practice skills, strategies and techniques to support students’ learning, development and behaviour. The CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support, however, goes one step further and teaches you how to effectively support students with complex disabilities, disorders and difficulties such as autism and ADHD.


Once you have completed the CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support you will be qualified to work in mainstream classrooms as well as in specialist schools and programs. In other words, graduates of the CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support are qualified to work in almost all education support roles in all Australian Schools.


At this level, teacher aides may also take on higher-level responsibilities such as implementing and managing literacy and numeracy programs, or developing resources based on Individual Education Plans.

2. Why should I do the CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support?
Teacher aide pictured at school playground.

ITAC student on placement pictured outside her classroom. Could this be you soon?


There are several reasons for why the CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support is recommended over the CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support:

  • You will learn the same basic skills and strategies from the CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support.
  • You will also learn more advanced strategies that will enable you to provide a higher level of service to your students and your teacher.
  • You will have a better understanding of how to effectively support students with disabilities and disorders.
  • You are better equipped to work with students with complex needs such as students with autism.
  • Schools prefer staff to hold the higher-level CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support in most cases.
  • You will be qualified to work in every support position in any Australian school.
  • Your resume will look better with the higher qualification.

We have written a detailed article on the CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support which you can read here.


Hint: While we recommend the Certificate IV above the Certificate III, ITAC's unique Teacher Aide Combo is an even better option (in our view) because it provides two qualifications which boosts your resume and skills. The combo program is our most popular teacher aide course.


3. Do I have to do the CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support first?

No. The Institute of Teacher Aide Courses allows students to directly enter the CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support without first having to complete the CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support. For the majority of students, going directly into the higher-level teacher aide course is not a problem. Those with experience with children (including your own), previous study at this level and for people who have worked in related areas such as childcare, the CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support very achievable.


ITAC do however recommend the CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support in some circumstances such as for applicants who are still learning English and high school students. For accurate advice based on your individual situation please speak with one of our friendly student advisers.


4. What is the difference between the CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support and the CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based 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 CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support goes one step further and give you many additional skills such as:

  • advanced strategies such as cognitive load theory and metacognitive skills
  • how to apply basic and advanced strategies for supporting the learning of students with disabilities and disorders
  • ways of supporting busy classroom teachers by taking on additional tasks and responsibilities
  • how to work with Individual Education Plans (IEPs) and Individual Behaviour Management Plans (IBMPs)
  • how to research and apply knowledge of disabilities and disorders such as causes, signs and symptoms, and known best practice strategies.
A education support worker shown doing their placement in a school setting.

Could this be you soon? A happy ITAC student after successfully completing her work placement.

5. Should I do this course or the Teacher Aide Combo?

ITAC's popular Teacher Aide Combo is the recommended course (and our most popular course) especially given that it doesn’t take much longer than a single course and costs only a fraction more than the CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support – saving students over $1500 (compared to two separate courses).


At the Institute of Teacher Aide Courses, you will also learn additional skills beyond the standard CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support. This means you will be better prepared to provide a higher level of quality services to your students and your teacher.


Lastly, there is no doubt that two certificates on your resume looks much better than one – giving you a leg up in the job market, added confidence, and a higher level of employability. ITAC's research-based teacher aide courses are the industry standard, meaning ITAC students are sought after by schools.


6. 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 has 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 logical, and as a result often move through the program with relative ease. Those from industries such as childcare and aged care similarly find the course to be rather straight-forward.


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 able to devote to your studies each week.

7. How much time do I have to set aside each week to complete this course?

We advise students to set aside at least 10-15 hours per week. This allows you to consistently move through the CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support at a pace that ensures you maintain momentum and motivation. 10-15 hours per week seems to be the sweet spot that allows students to meet their educational goals without having to forgo other commitments such as work and family.


We do however acknowledge that some students are not able to study 10-15 hours per week and may not even be able to commit to a specific number of hours. As our courses are flexible and self-paced, students can study when and where it suits them. This means that a person could study 2 hours in one week and then 20 hours the following week - it's completely up to you.


At the beginning and throughout your course, students have the opportunity to discuss their goals, routines, availability and circumstances with their trainer who will offer suggestions and advice.

8. What are the assessments like in ITAC's CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support?
Teacher aide doing a work-placement.

ITAC graduate in front of some of her student's work (completed during her placement).


Theory assessments are mainly comprised of short answer questions of between 50-100 words. Some longer responses are required however we provide scaffolds to help students who are not initially confident with their writing skills. Importantly, there are no exams, tests or essays.


The workplace assessments consist of a portfolio, a series of scenarios completed verbally with your trainer, and a series of workplace demonstrations. While some students get stressed about the assessments, there is really no need to worry – your trainer is there to help you every step of the way and will not to try and trick you in any way. Read more about our unique assessments on our sample page.


9. Do I need to do a placement in a special need’s school or with a student with a disability?

As the CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support focuses on disabilities and disorders, you will need to work with a student with a disability or disorder at some point during your placement. The easiest way to achieve this is to complete a placement in a special needs school or an inclusive classroom that supports one or more students with diagnosed disability or disorder. Special needs schools go by various names depending on your jurisdiction.


In the event that there are no students with a disability or disorder in your classroom, students are advised to seek permission to spend a portion of their placement in an alternative room. In some cases, we are able to assess students with case studies and role plays. Students may also work with children who are considered 'undiagnosed' e.g. they have strong traits of a disorder. You do not need to work with a student with a disability or disorder for the entire placement.


Your trainer will provide more detailed advice closer to the time of starting your placement.

10. When can I start my placement for the CHC401221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support?
Picture of a ITAC student using best practice teaching strategies in a classroom.

An ITAC student employs a series of best practice teaching strategies such as modelling, worked examples and scaffolding. Could this be you?


We advise students to begin their placement once they have completed most of their theory assessments. This is so students learn the necessary background knowledge which can then be implemented and practiced in a real-world environment.


11. What do I have to do on my work placement?

The 100-hour placement is an opportunity for you to practice the skills and strategies that you have learnt so far in your teacher aide course and to observe and learn from an experienced classroom teacher. You will be provided with many opportunities to work with individual students and with small groups of children. During this time, you will practice a range of teaching and learning strategies as well as behaviour management techniques. You will also assist the teacher with the operational and logistical management of the classroom.


The placement is a structured, safe and enjoyable challenge that prepares you for the tasks and responsibilities that lay ahead in your career as a teacher aide. It is the most important part of your teacher aide course.


Teacher assistant doing numeracy activities in a school environment.

An ITAC student on placement in a local primary school preparing to deliver number activities to her students. Think you could do this?


Learn more about your course by viewing the sample resources and materials for the CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support here.

12. I’m already working as a teacher aide - do I have to do a placement?

Normally you will not need to do a placement per se - speak to an ITAC advisor for information specific to your situation.


Note that early childhood centres such as long day care, family day care, outside of school hours services and kindergartens do not meet the government requirements for the placement.


Read more about the placement by reading our FAQ here.

13. Can I do my placement at my child's school?

Yes, however you will need to get the school’s permission. We also do not recommend completing your placement in your child's classroom however, as this may cause issues and is considered inappropriate.

14. Where does the CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support qualify me to work?

The CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support (or the Teacher Aide Combo which includes this qualification) enables you to work in every support position available to teacher aides in Australian Schools. You will be able to find work in a range of schools including:

  • pre-primary and primary schools
  • high schools
  • k-12 or combined schools
  • special needs schools
  • specialist programs such as advanced or remedial literacy programs
  • behavioural programs such as suspension schools
  • specialist schools such as Hospital schools, and
  • alternative schools such as Montessori schools.

After you have completed the CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support, you are also qualified to work in non-government schools such as religious-based schools and non-denominational schools.


You can learn more about the schools in your area by searching the following links:

You can also search for Independent schools in your state (including Catholic schools) at the following links:

15. What do teacher aides do in Australian schools?

We have published an extensive blog on this question which you can access here.


16. How much do teacher aides get paid?

The amount teacher aides earn in Australia depends on various factors such as your state or territory, the position and your qualifications. Generally, however, we advise our students that the average teacher aide earns $30 per hour or around $1000 per week for a 5-day week. Most teacher aides work 32.5 hours per week over a 5-day week). Teacher aides typically earn a 25% loading for casual work.


We have written a detailed article on this question including a state by state breakdown and answers to many other questions related to pay and allowances for teacher aides in Australia.


Note that holders of the CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support are qualified and able to seek work in special needs centres and other specialist roles. These positions attract the highest salary that teacher aides can earn - well above the $30 average in most cases.

17. Am I eligible for RPL for the CHC40221 Certificate IV 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 CHC40221 Certificate IV 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.
18. I already hold an early childhood certificate/diploma - can I get RPL or credit?

Generally not. Holding a qualification in childcare, early childhood, outside of school hours care or another similar sector does not automatically qualify a person for admission to an RPL program. While childcare and education support are similar, they are also very different in many ways:

  • schools follow a different curriculum
  • schools have very different policies and procedures
  • school students are older and have different needs and behavioural challenges
  • school students study very different topics/subjects and do not follow a play-based curriculum
  • the pedagogical skills required in a school is vastly different to childcare (the approach to teaching, planning, strategies etc.), and
  • the overall approach and philosophies are vastly different: schools talk about managing behaviour for example, while the early childhood sector ‘guides behaviour’.

The good news is that your childcare qualifications are similar enough that once enrolled you will work through the CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support much faster and easier than the average student (significantly faster in some cases). Note that due to government requirements, RPL applications can only be accepted if the person is currently working in a school.


You can apply for credit if you have completed the exact same unit as one listed in the CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support.


19. I have partially completed a teaching degree - can I get RPL or credit?

The requirements for the CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support are not met by completing university units alone. University units are theoretically based (for the most part) and rarely cover all of the practical teaching skills and knowledge that is required of the units in this course. They are also pedagogically different in many respects as well (mainly because teachers do a very different job to teacher aides and are hence trained differently).


There are currently no credit arrangement between the university sector and the VET sector in Australia as the units are not compatible.


The good news is that your previous experience will mean that you are able to move through the course much faster than most students. If you come across sections that you are familiar with, you can complete them in no time!


20. Does ITAC offer payment plans?

Yes - ITAC offer interest free, direct debit payment plans (requires bank account or credit card).


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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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CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support

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