Australia’s most popular teacher’s aide courses are now available by distance or online learning in Melbourne (and most of Victoria) from the leader in teacher aide training. Enrol in the CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support to begin your career in a mainstream classroom. The CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support is also a popular choice especially for those seeking to work with special needs students. The Teacher Aide Combo is our most popular offering in Victoria as it saves over $1500 when compared to completing two separate courses and takes not much more time than a single qualification.
Our research-based, best practice teacher assistant courses will give you the skills, techniques, knowledge, strategies, and experience to become an essential and invaluable member of any one of Victoria’s many schools.
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In this article we briefly examine and answer many of the questions that we get about studying and working as a teacher assistant in the greater Melbourne area and across Victoria. We look at your options for studying a teacher assistant course in Victoria, which qualifications schools want you to have, how to find work in Victoria as a teacher assistant or integration aide (as they are commonly called), and what you can expect in terms of your roles, responsibilities and day to day tasks as a teacher assistant in Victoria.
Here is a quick summary of what we think you should know about studying and working as a teacher aide in Victoria:
We don’t want to see you go, however these detailed articles written by our expert trainers may also make for an interesting read:
We begin our dive into the three teacher assistant courses available in Victoria by first examining the CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support. The majority of teacher assistants in Victoria hold this qualification – it is the most popular course for those beginning their career in the education sector. Developed mainly for teacher assistants who work under the supervision of a registered teacher in a mainstream classroom, the CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support is a solid and reputable qualification to hold. It will enable you to apply for positions in schools and will help you make the leap into your new, stable and rewarding career as a teacher assistant in Victoria. The topics that you will study in your course can be loosely categorised into 4 parts:
The categories above and the content within each are specific to the CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support at ITAC. Our teacher assistant courses including those available in Victoria by online study, are practical, research-based, best practice programs that we have developed ‘in-house.’ In other words, you will not learn many of these skills with other providers.
Designed for those who intend on working with special needs or for anyone who simply wants to hold the highest-level teacher assistant course in Victoria – the CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support is a popular option. Now that there is no requirement to complete the introductory teacher assistant course (CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support), you can go straight into this higher-level course. In fact, this education support course is much more popular with ITAC students in Victoria than the lower level course.
The CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support enables you to work in all of Victoria’s schools including mainstream and special need’s school. You will learn the basic and advanced teaching and learning strategies, behaviour management techniques, and operational methods and processes required of teacher aides at this level (who work with a higher degree of responsibility and independence). The key goal of the CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support is to develop teacher assistants capable of delivering a high level of support services to students in Victoria who have a range of complex needs including learning disorders and physical disabilities.
Nowhere else will you see better value for money than with ITAC’s unique Teacher Aide Combo. For not much more than a single qualification, and with interest free payment plans, you can enrol in Victoria’s most popular teacher assistant course: ITAC’s Teacher Aide Combo. This streamlined program is our most highly rated offering as it supercharges your resume and makes your services very attractive to potential employers.
Our students in Victoria study this teacher assistant course via supported online learning. You will learn all the basics of working as a teacher assistant in Victoria including behaviour management skills, teaching and learning strategies, working with special needs, and methods and processes for supporting the operational needs of the classroom. You will also learn how to apply these skills to working with students with complex needs and learn a raft of more advanced strategies and techniques to boost your toolbox of services and options for when working in any of Victoria’s many schools. Finally, you will study regulations, laws and polices relevant to your work as a teacher assistant in Victoria.
This is one of the more common questions that we get from students enquiring about a teacher assistant course in Victoria. We first and foremost recommend either the Teacher Aide Combo to give your resume maximum firepower, or secondly the CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support so you are prepared and qualified to work in practically every education support position available in the Victorian school system. These two programs are our most popular offerings in Victoria and most students choose one of these two options.
The CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support is an option if you are concerned that the higher-level courses may be beyond you at this point in time. This is a point worth considering if you are new to learning English or have a learning disorder of some kind that will impact on your teacher assistant course with ITAC. While we recommend the CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support to some students, typically most schools prefer the CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support so that you are qualified and skilled to work with students with a range of disabilities and disorders.
Thanks to modern technology and ITAC’s bespoke learner management system, students can now enrol in Australia’s most popular research-based, best practice teacher assistant courses by online or distance mode from Melbourne and anywhere in Victoria. Online or distance mode means you can study when you want, for as long as you want, as often as you want. Our online teacher assistant courses give residents of Victoria access to Australia’s best education support courses at the touch your fingertips, when and where it suits you.
We don’t just give you a stack of ‘resources’ and pretend we are delivering an ‘online’ course. We are the benchmark provider that others try to emulate. Developed by expert andragologists (a person who is an expert in adult teaching methods and strategies) who work to the research-based principles of adult learning, our online courses provided a flexible yet structured adult-orientated virtual environment for you to develop your skills and knowledge. As our system is designed and build in-house, only ITAC’s students have access this this world class facility.
All teacher assistant courses in Australia, regardless of the provider, require a 100-hour placement in a local school. This includes both the CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support and the CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support. Students typically complete this requirement in a local Victorian school close to where they live.
Most students ask friends and family (or other connections) who work in a school if they can complete the placement in that location. This is the preferred method for selecting a school as it means you have existing relationships that can be beneficial for your learning and professional development. We can also assist, however, as we organise many placements students may not be placed in their ideal school.
All of our nationally recognised teacher assistant courses require the 100-hours to be completed in a registered Victorian school (cannot be a childcare centre or other facility that does not use the Australian Curriculum Framework). The placement can be completed in blocks of time (straight), 1 day per week, or anywhere in between such as 3-4 days per week. The most common way to complete the placement is to attend the school 3 days per week. This approach gives students sufficient exposure each week while providing experience over a period of time to solidify and consolidate new knowledge and skills.
The purpose of the placement is to observe, implement, practice, make mistakes, reflect and hopefully perfect (or as close as possible) the techniques and strategies that you have studied so far in your course (the theory component). For example, students learn about teaching strategies such as best practice one-on-one instructional techniques. When on placement, you have many opportunities to practice and perfect your one-on-one instructional practice knowing that the teacher is available to help you remediate any issues or problems that happen along the way – we all make mistakes after all!
The key goal of the CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support is to develop teacher assistants capable of delivering a high level of support services to students in Victoria who have a range of complex needs including learning disorders and physical disabilities.
We have written a detailed guide on how to become a teacher assistant which you can read here. If you want to shorthand version, this is what we advise our students (and with a high success rate over many years I might add):
With more than 2254 schools (give or take) and about a million students state-wide, there is certainly a raft of opportunities available to teacher assistants in Victoria. This is especially the case for those who have completed a reputable teacher assistant course in Victoria and has therefore mastered many of the key techniques and skills demanded of teacher assistants by Victorian schools. The independent sector alone has 7000 support staff while only representing 15% of total student enrolments.
There are a range of options available to anyone who has completed a nationally recognised, best practice, research-based teacher aide course with ITAC. This includes:
For more detailed information and to search for schools in your local area, visit the government’s online search application here.
Choosing a provider in order to enrol in a teacher assistant course such as the CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support or the CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support is not easy. There are more than a few options and students generally find it hard to tell the difference between providers. Here are some question you can ask the provider before enrolling to ensure that you get the best training possible (which equates to a higher chance of being offered work):
As you can see, providers are not all the same – no more than two cars are the same. You have many options and it is therefore crucial that you ask questions and do your research – your career depends on it!
The become a teacher assistant or integration aide in Victoria you will need to complete a course such as the CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support in order to learn all of the essential teaching strategies, behaviour management techniques, basics of supporting students with disabilities and disorders, and methods for assisting with the operational needs of the classroom.
Teacher assistants in Victoria are paid various amounts depending on their experience, qualification, location, the position, and whether the school is government or non-government. On average, teacher assistants can expect to earn around $30 per hour after a few years of experience. Teacher assistants who work in special need’s schools are generally paid a higher salary.
To become an integration aide in Victoria you will need to first complete a reputable teacher assistant course such as the CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support. The higher level CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support is recommended for those who intend on working with students with disabilities or disorders either in inclusive mainstream classrooms or in special need’s school.
The duration of the CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support is 26 weeks for the average adult learner who has experience with children. Someone with no experience may take up to 12 months. Experience school staff may take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months. Note the 100-hour work placement requirement which applies to all students.
Who would have thought that enrolling in a teacher assistant course from Victoria would lead to so many questions! We have discussed and examined the main points and questions that we think you should know about before enrolling in the Teacher Aide Combo, the CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support, or the introductory CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support. Your job is to now think about who you will enrol with, which course suits your career goals and learning needs, which school(s) you want to work at, how often you want to work, and whether working as a teacher assistant in one of Victoria’s primary schools, high schools or special need’s schools is the right choice for you.
To enquire further about how we can help you to become a teacher assistant by studying an education support course from Victoria, please refer to any one of our detailed blogs or contact our friendly student advisers.
Adam Green is an advisor to government, a registered teacher, an instructional designer and a #1 best selling author. He is completing a Doctor of Education and was previously head of department for one of the country’s largest SAER (students at educational risk) schools. Adam is managing director of ITAC, an accredited training provider for thousands of teacher aides every year.
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