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TEACHER AIDE COMBO

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ITAC’s Popular Teacher Aide Combo


Australia’s most popular teacher aide course


The increasingly popular Teacher Aide Combo combines two nationally recognised teacher aide courses into one streamlined and cost effective program. Students save over $1500 compared to paying for two individual courses. The estimated time to complete the Teacher Aide Combo is only slightly longer than the time than it normally takes to complete an individual course. Maximise your employability and boost your confidence by studying a best practice, evidence-based qualification with the leader in teacher aide training in Australia: ITAC.


In this program, students learn all of the basic foundational skills studied in the CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support as well as more advanced concepts found in the CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support. Students study a range of evidence-based instructional and behaviour management concepts and techniques such as systematic prompting and explicit instruction. The Teacher Aide Combo also focuses on supporting the learning and development of students with additional needs.


The Teacher Aide Combo is offered in both class-based mode and online mode for those who need a structured, supported and flexible program. ITAC courses include free learner guides and 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 courses in Australia. Become a sought-after, valued member of your school community and get started today.

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

SAVE OVER $1500

NO ADDITIONAL OR HIDDEN FEES

HARDCOPY CERTIFICATE

Course Details: The Original Teacher Aide Combo

Qualification

CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support & 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.

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. 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 learn everything from the CHC30221 and the CHC40221. This includes basic and advanced behaviour management techniques, support strategies for students with disabilities and disorders, a range of best practice teaching strategies, and operational and logistic tasks expected of teacher aides at this level. Students also learn more advanced concepts such teaching metacognitive skills.

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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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 - $2500 (QLD, WA, SA, Vic & NSW)

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

Standard RPL - $1920

Payment plans from $64 per week. Click here for details.

QLD funded

QLD government funding is only available for individual courses: CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support and CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support.

Frequency

Per Payment

# Payments

Total Cost

Weekly

$50 per week

50

$2500

Fortnightly

$100 per fortnight

25

$2500

Monthly

$250 per month

10

$2500

5 Payments

$500 per month

5

$2500

2 Payments

$1250 per month

2

$2500

Frequency

Per Payment

# Payments

Total Cost

Weekly

$64 per week

30

$1920

Fortnightly

$128 per fortnight

15

$1920

Monthly

$320 per month

6

$1920

2 Payments

$960 per month

2

$1920

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iteca membership logo skills assure logo

AUSTRALIA'S MOST POPULAR TEACHER AIDE COURSES

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

50% choose ITAC

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.

RESEARCH-BASED CONTENT

Learn industry best practice and research-based pedagogy.

ESTABLISHED PROVIDER

An established provider with more than 5000 happy graduates.

STUDENT PLACEMENT

Click below to see past students on placement

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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% CHOOSE ITAC

for the CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support

5000

HAPPY GRADUATES

87

% COMPLETION RATE

89

% SATISFACTION RATING

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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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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