Teachers’ aides help and assist teachers in the classroom and give extra attention to students to support them with their learning and development. This nationally recognised qualification has been custom-designed by industry experts for two categories of potential workers; those who are already working as teacher aides and are looking to formalise their qualifications, and to prospective employees seeking work.
Teachers’ aides work in a range of classroom contexts, including public and independent schools and community education settings. Structured Workplace Learning also undertaken during this course to provide the on-the-job experience that will give you the skills that will help you to secure employment.
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Partnership with ICCC
Open Colleges, Australia’s leading online education provider, has partnered with International Child Care College (National Provider Code 90081) to promote and provide access to the Certificate III in Education Support CHC30812 .
Potential career outcomes
- Teacher aide
- Teacher assistant
- Education assistant
- Education support worker
- Support worker (assisting children with disabilities)
- Learning support assistant
- Course number
- Course duration
- Max 18 months
- Course fees from
- $43.17 per week
- Certificate III
- Delivery mode
- Online with Work Placement
- Nationally recognised
Combination of written and practical
- National Code
- Awarded By
- International Child Care College
- Associated With
Students need to complete 14 units to complete this qualification. There are 10 compulsory units and students need to select 4 units from the choice of electives.
CHCEDS301B: Comply with legislative, policy and industrial requirements in the education environment
- Identify legislative and policy requirements
- Comply with legislative and policy requirements
- Identify and comply with industrial instruments relating to the job role
CHCCHILD301B: Support behaviour of children and young people
- Use positive support techniques
- Observe and collect data to assist with development of appropriate support strategies
- Implement strategies to support children or young people with additional needs
CHCEDS303A: Contribute to student education in all developmental domains
- Support the physical development of students
- Support the social and emotional development of students
- Support the cognitive and language development of students
- Contribute to the inclusion of all students into the classroom and community
CHCEDS312A: Work with diversity in the education environment
- Recognise and value individual differences
- Work effectively with diverse students and colleagues
CHCEDS313B: Communicate with students
- Communicate effectively with students
- Use current recognised good practice techniques of communication
CHCEDS314B: Work effectively in an education team
- Participate in work groups and teams
- Contribute to ideas and information within the education team
CHCEDS316B: Comply with school administrative requirements
- Complete forms and documents as required
- Store and access information appropriately
- Manage enquiries in accordance with school policy and procedures
- Complete written documentation
- Use technology to support administrative and education support activities
CHCCHILD401B: Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
- Implement work practices which support the protection of children and young people
- Report indications of possible risk of harm
- Apply ethical and nurturing practices in work with children and young people
HLTWHS300A: Contribute to WHS processes
- Plan and conduct work safely
- Support others in working safely
- Contribute to WHS participative processes
- Contribute to hazard identification, WHS risk assessment and control activities
- Participate in the control of emergency situations
CHCEDS306A: Support the development of writing skills (elective)
- Identify what writers do when they write
- Implement a writing program
- Support student writing program
- Support accurate use of spelling, grammar and punctuation
CHCEDS320B: Set up and sustain individual and small group learning areas (elective)
- Create a positive physical learning space
- Organise learning resources
- Demonstrate awareness of work health and safety (WHS) issues
- Prepare to provide education support to students
- Manage a learning timetable
CHCEDS330B: Support learning for students with disabilities in a classroom environment (elective)
- Apply understanding of the delivery of services for students with disabilities
- Support the rights, interests and needs of students with disabilities as part of the education team
- Respond to situations of risk or potential risk to students with disabilities
CHCEDS335A: Support students with additional needs in the classroom environment (elective)
- Work with others to support students with additional needs
- Support individual students with additional needs
- Assist with classroom programs to support students with additional needs
- Contribute to learning opportunities
CHCEDS305A: Support the development of reading skills (elective)
- Identify what readers do when they read
- Select appropriate texts for student readers
- Implement a reading support program
- Support student reading program
CHCEDS307A: Support the development of numeracy skills (elective)
- Apply developmental and learning approaches to basic numeracy skills under supervision of teacher
- Implement a numeracy support program
- Support student numeracy programs
CHCEDS308A: Support the development of oral language skills (elective)
- Provide opportunities to stimulate the students language development
- Implement language support program
- Support student language program
- Assist students with specific communication needs
CHCEDS322A: Support students with English as a second language (elective)
- Facilitate communication between the student, the school and home
- Implement an English as a Second Language (ESL) support program
- Support student ESL program
- CHCEDS301B: Comply with legislative, policy and industrial requirements in the education environment
- Year 10 or equivalent OR
- relevant qualification OR
- relevant vocational experience.
Minimum age of 18 years on completion of this course.
Students will need access to a computer and the internet. For students who do not have access to either a computer or the internet please contact a student support officer to discuss alternative methods of communication.
Minimum specifications for the computer are:
- Microsoft Office 2003 or equivalent, and
- Microsoft Windows 98, or
- Mac OS X, and
- CD-ROM drive.
Students will also need access to a printer and the following applications:
- Adobe Acrobat Reader and
- Macromedia Flash player.
English language requirements
If English is your second language and you did not complete the last two years of secondary education in English, you are required to provide evidence of English language competency before enrolling into the course. Examples of appropriate evidence are listed below:
IELTS Overall score of 5.5 TOEFL 530 (paper), 197 (computer) or 71 (internet) 12 months in English-speaking employment Testimonial, statutory declaration
Open Colleges will endeavour to provide additional assistance to students who experience difficulties with language, literacy and numeracy.
Students must complete 80 hours of work placement to complete this course. Work placement can be completed by block placement AND/OR over full or half days in schools, including:
- Out of School Hours Care (infants/primary classroom setting)
- Special schools
- Special classrooms/programs in schools
Students are responsible for the additional costs incurred in obtaining the necessary documentation & checks listed below prior to work placement.
Police Check: In all states of Australia, education facilities may request a police check before a student begins placement. This can be obtained from the students local police station and is known as a National Name Check. Working with Children Check: Students in most states must apply for and obtain a Working with Children Check. Please check below by state:
- New South Wales: NSW Working with Children Check requires students to complete the Volunteer/Student Worker Declaration located at https://check.kids.nsw.gov.au/index.php#are-you-volunteer and provide this to the employer.
- ACT: Currently there are no legal requirements for people working with children to undertake a police check in the Australian Capital Territory. However, organisations which require employees and/or volunteers to work with children may have their own policies in this regard.
- Northern Territory: Students need to apply and obtain a Clearance Notice before commencing work and volunteer placement. Individual organisations may also have their own policies regarding working with children and may require employees to undergo a Police Check. For more information visit the Northern Territory Police Department or website www.pfes.nt.gov.au.
- Queensland: In Queensland, people working or volunteering with children need to hold a Blue Card. The Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian is responsible for administering and conducting criminal history checks on people who want to work with children to determine whether or not they are eligible to hold a Blue Card. For more information please visit www.ccypcg.qld.gov.au/bluecard/business/Childcare.html.
- South Australia: Under the Children's Protection Act (Section 8B), people in SA who work in jobs which require regular contact with children are required to obtain police clearance before they commence employment. A National Police Certificate application form is available from the South Australian Police Department.
- Tasmania: Currently there are no legal requirements for people working with children to undertake a police check in Tasmania, however, organisations which require employees and/or volunteers to work with children may have their own policies in this regard.
- Victoria: The Victorian Government has introduced the Working with Children Check, which is compulsory for people who wish to work with or volunteer with children. To apply please visit www.justice.vic.gov.au/workingwithchildren.
- Western Australia: A Working with Children Check is compulsory for people who carry out child-related work in Western Australia. Students should apply at www.checkwwc.wa.gov.au/checkwwc.
Students who successfully complete the Certificate III in Education Support CHC30812 may go on to further studies in this discipline
Claire has worked for the NSW Department of Education and Communities supporting children with additional needs. She has also been a School Support Learning Officer and has extensive experience with supporting students’ individual and group-based needs, providing reading recovery and teaching assistance. Claire is passionate about training and finds it rewarding to pass on her extensive knowledge to her students so that they have the skills and confidence to work in education support.
Erika works for the Western Australian Department of Education as a Primary School Teacher and has worked in both remote and metropolitan schools, even teaching abroad for several years. Erika has a wide range of teaching experience including early childhood education, primary and secondary schooling. Erika is passionate about inclusive education; she has worked as an Inclusion Teacher where she supported ESL students and those with learning difficulties and disabilities. She has been working in training since 2010.
Mbongeleni brings over 18 years of teaching experience and expertise to her role as trainer and assessor for the Certificate in Education Support.
Qualified as a teacher and holding professional membership with Queensland Colleges of Teachers, Mbongeleni also has a masters of guidance and counselling and certificate IV in training and assessments.
Mbongeleni currently teaches in north Queensland and also has experience as a learning support teacher with indigenous students, challenging behaviours along with teaching creative and academic subjects.
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