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SAMPLE RESOURCES FROM ITAC COURSES

Sample resources and materials

High quality resources that you'll only find at the Institute of Teacher Aide Courses.


As the experts in teacher aide training in Australia, we're confident that our materials, resources and assessments are the very best. So confident in fact, that we are one of the only providers to publish a wide range of samples so you know what to expect. All of these resources are available absolutely free to all ITAC students. Be sure to ask your preferred provider for course samples (including assessments) before enrolling.


Hint: Quality providers produce their own resources including learner guides and assessments. Ask your preferred provider who developed their learning and assessment materials. ITAC's courses were developed by expert teachers and academics in consultation with our partnering schools.


ITAC students learn best practice, research-based techniques and strategies. What does this mean exactly? It means you'll learn many of the instructional and behaviour management techniques and strategies that qualified teacher know and use - making you an invaluable, sought after and highly effective member of your school community. ITAC's unique and tailored curriculum includes instructional skills such as:

  • questioning techniques
  • systematic prompting
  • shared and guided learning
  • reading and writing strategies e.g. I do, we do, you do
  • teaching phonological awareness and phonics
  • improving motivation and self-esteem
  • providing effective feedback
  • explicit instruction (traditional lesson structure)
  • scaffolding principles e.g. fading
  • advanced concepts such as the zone of proximal development
  • withholding answers for self-repair
  • and many other skills for working with a wide range of students.

ITAC's famous learner guide

Sold world-wide, ITAC's learner guide is the only publication that describes how teacher aides can use practical, research-based strategies and techniques to maximise student learning. While this book is based on over 200 studies from around the world, it's written in a simple and easy-to-follow style. ITAC's learner guide was developed by ITAC and is free for all ITAC students.


The Teacher Aide Training Manual

FREE for FTTA students

For the first time, this handbook applies research-based instructional and behaviour management strategies to the complex and demanding work of teacher aides. Learn the techniques used by high performing teachers such as explicit instruction, systematic prompting and how to successfully apply the principles of scaffolding.

This book includes hundreds of practical, everyday hints as well as many advanced features for those who want to extend their skills and knowledge. Everyone from complete beginners through to qualified teachers will find this book useful in many ways.

Available on Amazon

Sample 1 - intro
Sample 2 - hazards
Sample 3 - physical contact with children
Sample 4 - behaviour management
Sample 5 - chunking
Sample 6 - instructional techniques
Sample 7 - intellectual disability



The student portal

Our in-house developed world-class portal is available exclusively to ITAC students. It's easy to navigate and includes a range of free resources and features such as webinars, interactive e-learning modules, e-books, all of your learning materials, free mini-courses with printable certificates, and the ability to submit your assessments online for a super-fast turn-around.


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Live and pre-recorded webinars

Watch and interact with other students and trainers during live webinars. Alternatively, watch pre-recorded webinars at a time that suits you. Webinars are facilitated by expert trainers who have decades of experience in local schools.


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Interactive e-learning modules

Review and consolidate your knowledge by working through interactive e-learning modules and activities.


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Above: screenshot from the e-learning module, ‘Work effectively in the workplace’.

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Above: screenshot from the e-learning module, ‘Interactive Ochre – working both ways’.

Online assessments

Complete and submit your assessment questions in our portal for a super-fast turn-around. At ITAC, there are no essays, tests and exams. All theory assessments are short or medium answer question/responses.


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Free short courses with printable certificates

Complete our free short courses to boost your resume. Print your certificate and add to your portfolio for when applying for work.


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PowerPoint presentations and additional readings

Browse our extensive library of readings and presentations that we have created over the years.


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Videos and lectures

Watch past webinars and lectures on a range of topics to boost your understanding of key topics.


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Classes and tutorials

Attend classes, tutorials and live webinars. Our classes are adult-orientated, friendly, practical and designed to improve your practcal and theoretical skills.


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Work placement

All students are required to complete a placement of 100 hours in a local school. ITAC has the largest network of partnering schools in Australia plus we visit every student on placement to provide practical advice and guidance to help improve your skills.


Click below to see past students on placement.

ITAC'S RESEARCH-BASED TEACHER AIDE COURSES

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

INTRODUCTORY COURSE

CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support

The introductory teacher aide course covering all the basics of working in a school.

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HIGHER-LEVEL COURSE

CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support

The industry standard TA course with a focus on disabilities and disorders.

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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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ITAC'S VIDEOS

ITAC'S MOST WATCHED VIDEOS

Distance

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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