Studying a teacher aide course in SA with the leader in teacher aide training is a sure-fire way get your new career off the ground. With more than 700 schools across the state, there are many opportunities in South Australia for well-trained, qualified, and dedicated teacher aides.
The nationally recognised CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support is the introductory teacher aide course suitable for anyone in SA seeking to begin their career as an SSO and who intends to work in a mainstream classroom. On the other hand, the CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support will teach you best practice skills, strategies and techniques to effectively support students with a range of difficulties, disorders and disabilities. The Teacher Aide Combo is our most popular offering as it saves time and money while supercharging your career.
Only in ITAC’s nationally recognised, research-based, best practice teacher aide courses will you study a plethora of skills, strategies and techniques that will ensure you become an indispensable School Support Officer or SSO. You will learn vital strategies such as scaffolding, modelling, guided learning and explicit instruction. You will also study student-centred teaching strategies such as cooperative learning, facilitating pair and group work, and play-based learning. Based on international research, industry consultation and decades of experience, we think our teacher aide courses are ahead of the pack.
This page explores ITAC’s popular teacher aide courses with specific regard to students who live and work in South Australia. For general information such as course dates, course fees and units of competency, please visit our main course pages by clicking on the link below:
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Which teacher aide course should I enrol in? What is the difference between the CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support and the CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support? These are the questions that we get every day. To make life easier for you, the table below outlines the key differences so you can make your mind up about which course or program is best for you.
|Level||Certificate III||Certificate IV|
|Full title||CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support||CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support|
|Units||15 accredited units||17 accredited units|
|Clusters||5 main clusters||5 main clusters|
|Skill level||Basic - intermediate||Intermediate - advanced|
|Duration||600 hours (no experience with children)||600 hours (no experience with children)|
|Placement||100 hours in a local school||100 hours in a local school|
|Placement location||An Australian school||Usually with special needs|
|Job outcome||Mainstream teacher aide or SSO||Special need’s teacher aide or SSO|
|Job location||Mainstream classroom/school||Any position including specialist programs, special needs schools|
|Special need’s school||Sometimes||Yes|
|Job prospects||Depends on quality of training||High (assuming have completed a high-quality course)|
|Job stability||Medium-high (depends largely on quality of training)||High (assuming have completed a high-quality course)|
|Independence||Low to medium depending on quality of teacher aide course||Medium to high (remarkably high if completed reputable teacher aide course)|
|Key role||More general logistical and learning support||General support as well as pedagogical decisions|
|Salary hour||$26 - $30||$29 - $34|
|Salary PA||$47,000 average||$52,000 + estimated|
|Teaching strategies||Scaffolding, modelling, one-on-one instruction, play based learning, other basic skills||Basic and advanced: metacognitive skills, levels of instruction, explicit instruction, cooperative learning|
|Behaviour techniques||Basic such as scanning and proximity||Basic and more advanced such as motivational strategies|
|Knowledge||Broad knowledge of teaching strategies, behaviour management, operational tasks, policies and procedures||Knowledge of basic strategies and some advanced strategies related to working with disabilities and disorders|
|Graduate outcome||Employ basic skills to effectively work as a teacher aide in the mainstream classroom environment under teacher direction.||Effectively work with students with a range of learning and behaviour needs including students with disabilities and disorders.|
The main difference between the CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support and the CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support is that the latter is slightly more advanced and concentrates on developing your skills to work with students with complex needs. This includes students with special needs, disabilities, disorders and comorbidities. A focus of the CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support is learning to effectively support students with disabilities and disorders such as autism.
Don’t forget the Teacher Aide Combo which we have not included in the table above. The Teacher Aide Combo is simply a combination of the two nationally recognised teacher aide courses. It is a popular program due to its cost effectiveness, time saving and the additional certificate which gives you a leg up in the job market. To learn more about the Teacher Aide Combo we recommend reading the details about this program on our main course page here.
You can learn more about a specific teacher aide course by following any of the links below:
In addition, to learn even more about our best practice, research-based teacher aide courses, we recommend reading one or more of our detailed articles below. Written and published by our expert trainers, these articles are the most detailed of its type in Australia and are absolutely free:
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A detailed article covering a range of topics that we think you should read before enrolling in a teacher aide course in SA.
Based on decades of experience, we teach you the tried and tested steps to becoming a teacher aide in Australia.
Our take on what teacher aides do in South Australian schools including common questions, research, and various options for those who have completed a teacher aide course.
Our hints and tips related to becoming a teacher aide including nationally recognised teacher aide courses, short courses, and other useful sources of information.
A state by state analysis of teacher aides’ pay, allowances, salary and working conditions.
A discussion of what it is like to study a teacher aide course online, whether this mode is for you, and what to expect in your online course from SA.
A detailed guide to everything that you ever wanted to know about studying the CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support.
A detailed guide to everything that you ever wanted to know about the CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support.
Above: Study a teacher aide course from SA and learn a range of best practice skills, strategies and techniques such as those pictured: play-based learning, games and quizzes, transferrable skills, teaching space, peer tutoring, think-alouds, teaching props, pair and group work, problem based learning and many others. Only with ITAC, the experts in teacher aide training in Australia, will you learn these and many other research-based, best practice skills. You can learn more about our teacher aide courses here:
Above: A high quality teacher aide course will help you to develop your pedagogical skills and knowledge. What does this mean? It means you learn how to support learning using research-based, best practice methods. Which strategies do you think the teacher aide in the image above is implementing? Scaffolding, modelling, explicit instruction, learning styles, differentiation, worked examples, rapport building, questioning techniques? Probably all of these!
Above: Teacher aides in Australia can take on many roles including higher level responsibilities if they have well-developed pedagogical skills. How do you learn pedagogical skills? Study a best practice, research-based teacher aide course such as the CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support with the pre-eminent provider of teacher aide training in Australia. Our students learn a large number of effective strategies such as think-alouds, coping strategies, formative and summative assessment, prediction and using cues, repeated reading, intervention strategies, remedial programs, micro-learning and many others.
Above: After completing your teacher aide course in South Australia, you may find work in a range of schools including primary schools, high schools, senior colleges, or special need’s schools. Pictured above you can see a teacher aide supporting primary school students with their learning. She is implementing a range of best practice teaching and learning strategies such as scaffolding, modelling, questioning and feedback techniques. Enrol in the CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support or the CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support with ITAC and this could soon be you.
Above: Another happy graduate of ITAC’s best practice CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support. The picture above was taken in her classroom where she undertook her placement. In the final assessment for her research-based teacher aide course, she demonstrated a range of best practice strategies and techniques that helped students to develop their reading and writing skills.
This included active reading, writing to learn, critical literacies, multi-modal strategies, consolidation, post reading activities, re-reading, visualisation, and re-telling. While this may sound difficult now, completing a high-quality teacher aide course with ITAC will ensure that you too learn and master these skills in order to become an irreplaceable member of your school.
Above: After demonstrating best practice teaching and learning strategies, this student graduated from her CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support. Many of our graduates end up working in the school where they complete their 100-hour work placement. Students who enrol in our courses and study a range of best practice teaching strategies, behaviour management techniques, and logistical skills find work much easier and sooner.
Above: Nothing is more satisfying than working hard and achieving your goals! An ITAC student completes her CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support work placement in a primary school. In this picture you can see student work samples which were completed during her placement. You too could be part of this exciting and rewarding industry, helping to teach the next generation of leaders in South Australia – enrol with the leading provider of teacher aide training in SA – ITAC.
Above: Teacher aides work in many and varied roles depending on the needs of the school and their students. An ITAC student pictured here, shows us the reading corner where she posts and records the day’s literacy activities such as reading, writing, spelling, grammar, and vocabulary activities. From there, the teacher aide works throughout the day to help students to develop their skills. This happens by employing industry best practice teaching and learning strategies from ITAC’s research-based teacher aide courses.
Think you can do what you have seen above? Interesting in becoming a teacher aide? Learn more about your preferred course by clicking on any of the links below:
You may have noticed that we like to use the term ‘research-based’ and ‘best practice’ to describe our courses. So, what exactly does this mean? In simple terms, when we develop our courses, our experts comb through research from Australia and around the world to find what works. We look at what teachers are taught in universities, the skills that governments want their teachers to have and what the research says about teacher aides and their effectiveness. Here are just three examples:
From there, we develop and provide you with the best information and resources so you can become the most effective teacher aide possible. This means the services that you provide your students will be second to none – in many instances, you will know more teaching strategies than your teacher!
Practically speaking, this means that we base our teacher aide courses around a whole heap of best practice strategies, skills and techniques that are used by high performing teachers, teacher aides, schools, and governments around the world, including Australia. Depending on which teacher aide course you enrol in, the following strategies are likely to be part of your course:
Nowhere else will you study these and many other best practice skills, strategies, and techniques. Our students and graduates are the best in the business when it comes to supporting and progressing students’ learning, development, and behaviour. What does this mean? More stable employment, higher job satisfaction, confidence, and better student learning outcomes.
Our teacher aide courses, whether the CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support or the CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support, will teach you the same techniques and strategies taught to the world’s most effective educators. No two courses are the same – enrol with the professionals and your career won’t regret completing a best practice, research-based teacher aide course.
1. How do I become a teacher aides or school support officer in South Australia? 2. What do I need to know about teacher aide course in South Australia? 3. Are teacher aides also called School Support Officers? 4. Are your teacher aide courses difficult and how long do they take? 5. How much do teacher aides get paid or earn in South Australia? 6. Is it easy to find a job as a teacher aide in south Australia? 7. Should I enrol with ITAC or TAFE for a teacher aide course or SSO course in SA?
You will need to complete a nationally recognised qualification (preferably with ITAC of course!) such as the CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support or the CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support. You will also need to obtain the necessary clearances to work with children as well as prepare a professional resume. Finally, let schools know that you are looking to work whether that is full-time, casual, or part-time. To maximise your chances of finding employment, we recommend contacting as many schools as you can. This means 10-20 schools for most people, depending on your area.
The less willing you are to apply for work at certain schools or to particular school types, such as high schools or special needs, the less of a chance you have of finding work. Be flexible and open to new challenges; you may be surprised by how much you enjoy working in some of these schools if you give them a chance.
High schools and especially senior colleges can also be an option that is often overlooked or dismissed. If you have completed the CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support, you are more than qualified to work in high school or special need’s schools. Bear in mind that you are not required to be the English or maths expert – that's the teacher's responsibility. At any rate, you will almost certainly be working with special need’s students (such as autism, behavioural and learning disorders), and hence the academic level is often well behind the rest of the class. Your job is to provide differentiated instruction (making adjustments to activities so the student can participate in the program – something you will learn in ITAC’s teacher aide courses).
If you are enrolling or considering enrolling in an SSO or teacher aide course in SA such as the CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support or the more advanced CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support, you have 2 options. The first option is to enrol with a well know reputable provider such as ITAC. This is best for students who are looking for supported online or distance learning in SA. Our courses are suitable for adult learners who have busy lives and cannot afford to be in class on a regular basis.
If, however, you are a younger student such as in year 11 or 12, you might consider enrolling in the local TAFE. The TAFE system is geared towards supporting students who are younger or who are from rural areas. This is why we say that the TAFE system and ITAC are not in competition, at least as far as teacher aide courses are concerned - ITAC and TAFE serve two completely different markets.
It is important to also note that you should not always enrol with a provider that offers the cheapest course fee. This is because the overall cost to complete the course should also be considered. The overall cost includes the course fee plus additional costs such as textbooks, work placement fees, unit by unit fees, and most importantly your time. Ensure that at the very least, the following services are available:
If for instance, a trainer does not visit you in the workplace while you complete your placement, you will miss out on important advice that will help you grow and develop as an SSO or teacher aide. In fact, your work placement may be the last opportunity for a trainer to observe you and provide feedback on how to improve. This service is essential to your professional development and career; there may be some simple and easy ways that you can improve your skills. However, you will only learn of these potential improvements when a trainer visits you in the classroom.
Yes - school support officers and teacher aides are one and the same. School support officers or SSOs is the term used for teacher aides in South Australia. Most states in Australia each use a different term for teacher aides.
The reason we use teacher aides throughout these articles is because this is the most common term used across the world and by the general public who have not yet been employed as an SSO or teacher aide. For example, you may have not heard the term “education assistant” which is used in Western Australia, learning support officer used in New South Wales or integration aide used in Victoria.
Teacher aide is by far the most common term, is in no way meant to be offensive, and is a broad-based term referring to anyone who supports teachers and students in a school (excluding people who work in other areas such as administration). There are lots of different types of school support officers such as those who work in:
This is a hard question to answer with absolute accuracy because it depends on the person. Our experience is that most students do not struggle with the CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support or the CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support. I need to stress the word 'most' - regardless of how easy or difficult the course may be, there will always be some students who will struggle for various reasons.
We find that students don't struggle with the course content but may struggle with keeping a high level of motivation, dedication and commitment. This is because other things in your life can interrupt your studies such as winning the lottery, hospital and medical issues, travel, family issues and commitments, renovations, work, and other things of that nature. Any of these interruptions and distractions can affect the time it takes to complete a program.
You can read examples from our teacher aide course on our sample resources page here. As you can see, most of our courses are practical and very relevant to working in a school as an SSO or teacher aide. You will find that the CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support is rather basic in many respects – it covers all the simple yet effective strategies that you need to know to work in a mainstream classroom. The CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support specialises in special needs on the other hand. While not difficult, this course is more advanced than the CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support and gives you a higher level of employability.
Generally, all our teacher aide courses are scheduled to take approximately 6 months to complete although this is a broad average. Some students will complete it in half that time while others will take twice as long. It ultimately depends on a range of factors such as how much you have studied in the past, your experience with children and how much time each week you are able to devote to your studies. To use an analogy - how long does it take to bake a cake? Some people take half an hour and others will take several hours.
Teacher aides and school support officers (SSOs) in South Australia can expect to earn approximately $30 per hour by our estimations. The exact pay depends on your position which is often determined by whether you have completed a course such as the CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support or the CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support and learn a range of best practice skills (without which your contribution to student learning will be diminished).
A teacher aide working in a special needs classroom/school or with a student with special needs is normally paid a higher rate per hour/day. On the other hand, if you are working in a mainstream classroom such in year 1, year 2, year 3 and kindergarten, you will be paid at a slightly lower rate. At this level, teacher aides in South Australia earn around the $25-28 mark per hour.
Special needs teacher aides in South Australia are typically paid around the $30 mark due to the fact that they typically hold the CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support and because work with special needs is often:
You may have noticed some websites on the internet indicate that teacher aides are paid an average rate lower than $30. The calculation is based on the middle point between the lowest paid teacher aide and the highest paid – it is not an average but a mid-point of the published pay scales.
In reality however, the vast majority of teacher aides work in special need’s schools or with special need’s students to some capacity. They are therefore paid at a rate commensurate with that level of responsibility – towards to the top of the pay scales. Some teacher aides are paid additional allowances such as regional or remote loadings and first aid allowances.
Many schools employ 10-20 teacher aides. This is the case in regional, rural and metro schools – all across South Australia and not just Adelaide. There are over 700 schools in South Australia according to the government. Based on these numbers alone, and the fact that most teacher aides are part-time, finding a teacher aide job in South Australia is more than possible.
Completing a best practice teacher aide course such as the CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support or the CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support boosts your chances of winning a position many times over.
Where do our teacher aides find work in South Australia? There are a number of different possibilities including the categories and examples of each below.
To find schools in your local area you can search the government’s online search application by clicking here. The Association of Independent Schools of South Australia (AISSA) and the government’s new recruitment site may also be useful.
For obvious reasons, we can't guarantee that you will find a position, but we think there are plenty of opportunities out there for the right person. You will need a nationally recognised qualification from a reputable provider, clearances (which your prover will assist with) and of course the right personality, demeanour and a love of working with children and people. This is after all, a people business.
To improve your chances of finding a teacher aide job, we recommend the following:
If you live in a regional or rural area, it may be a little more difficult to find immediate work as a teacher aides or school support officer due to the limited number of schools, positions, students who need support etc. In these cases, it can be even more important to network, ask around, do some voluntary work etc.
Finding work in high schools can be a little easier because a lot of teacher aides simply do not consider working in the high school environment as a viable option for them. High schools can have a 'bad' reputation especially in low socioeconomic areas often due to local media attention on things like violence in schools.
We believe this view is generally unfounded because the experience of our teacher aides tells a very different story. Being a former high school teacher myself, I highly recommend that you consider high schools as they are not as crazy or stressful as many believe. High schools are no more difficult, stressful, or challenging than working in a primary school. Remember that you will always be working under the direction of a qualified teacher who is there for any problems that may arise.
As we have discussed earlier, your two main options are TAFE and ITAC. Private providers like ITAC specialise in teaching adult learners who need flexibility and structured, supported programs. For example, our students are typically very busy caring for children and earning a living; while study is important – it isn't the only important thing in our lives – all of these demands have to be balanced.
The TAFE system is geared towards younger students such as those in high school or those that have recently left high school. This is not to say that older students don't enrol in TAFE or younger students don't enrol with ITAC, but typically speaking TAFE is known for younger students and ITAC for mature aged students - the average age of an ITAC student is 37.
It is best to enrol with a provider that you feel comfortable with, that has a good reputation and who best meets your needs. It is also important to note that enrolling in a course because it is a little bit cheaper may mean that the course costs you a lot more overall – better support for example, means a quicker course and fewer delays, not to mention a better experience – the sooner you finish, the sooner you start earning!
This article has been developed for those who are considering a career as a teacher aide in South Australia (what is commonly known as an SSOs or School Support Officers in SA).
As the go-to provider for teacher's aide courses such as the CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support, we get asked these questions every day – now we happily provide this information to the world so you can make the best decision about the right course, provider and mode for you. Here is what we learnt in this article about teacher aide courses in South Australia:
This article has discussed a range of key topics, issues, and questions relevant to working as a teacher aide, teacher assistant, education assistant or school support officer (SSO) in Adelaide and throughout South Australia. We have covered the following broad topics:
We think we have cover it all! If not however, do not be shy and give us a call.
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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