Teachers' Aides help and assist teachers in the classroom and give extra attention to students to support them with their learning and development. Teachers' Aides support the teacher by preparing teaching materials and resources.
This new nationally recognised qualification has been custom-designed by industry experts for two categories of potential workers; those who are already working as Teachers' Aides and are looking to formalise their qualifications, and to prospective employees seeking work.
The tasks and duties of a Teachers' Aide are:
The number of people working as Teachers Aides grew very strongly from 48,200 in 2011 to 58,800 in 2016 and is expected to continue growing very strongly. Job openings can arise from employment growth and people leaving the occupation. This is a very large occupation with most people working in the Education and Training industry.
Full- time Teachers' Aides spend around 40 hours per week at work as compared to the average of 44 hours. There are also many opportunities to work part-time if desired.
In Australia, Teachers' Aides can earn $1,094 a week on an average, which is approximately $56,888 per year.
Please note: For Education Aide roles, the rate of pay will vary depending on the worker's skills and experience, and the demands of the role.
Due to the nature of the work for gaining industry experience, Teachers Aides have a strong appeal amongst young people, making it an experienced industry working along side full time teachers.
Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report
Education levels of Teachers' Aides
Source: *Job Outlook Government website. Education qualifications needed by new workers may differ from workers already in the job.
To become a good Teachers' Aide , here are some of the skills and qualities you will need:
To gain work as a Teachers' Aide in Australia, a certificate-level educational qualification is desired. The entry-level qualification in the education field is the Certificate III in Education Support (CHC30213).
If you are currently working or seeking work as a Teachers' Aide, this new nationally recognised qualification covers what you need to know. You can also join this course to start your career as a Teachers' Aide working with children in a classroom or community education setting with this nationally recognised qualification.
While a qualification is not a requirement to be a Teaching Assistant in Australia, it is highly desirable and most employers expect and prefer that you have an Education Support qualification, such as the Certificate III in Education Support.
Our Teachers' Aide course is delivered online, giving you the flexibility of organising your study around your life. You can enrol anytime of the year and study at your own pace.
Among other things, you'll learn how to comply with legislative, policy and industrial requirements in the education environment and how to support the behaviour of children and young people.
You'll also learn how to contribute to student education in all developmental domains and how to work with diversity in the education environment and to set up and sustain individual and small group learning areas
Your course includes comprehensive student support to help you throughout your study. This certificate allows you to graduate with a government-accredited, nationally recognised qualification that can boost your chances of employment.
In two sentences, tell us what a bit about your previous role; working as a Teachers' Aide
As an Education Assistant I assisted the teacher in preparing and delivering a full education programme to help and encourage children to become independent, resilient and enjoy learning.
What does a Teachers' Aide do on a day to day basis?
I worked in a Pre-primary situation and some of my daily duties were:
What are the best parts of the job?
For me, the best parts of the job were interacting with the children every day and watching them grow, develop and learn.
What skills/attributes do potential Teachers' Aides need to have?
Some of the skills I think that are required for the job as an Education Assistant are firstly a love of children.
Patience, tolerance, initiative, able to work independently and to be able to follow instructions are also important.
What are your favourite things about working in the teaching industry?
My favourite thing about working in the teaching industry is having an influence on the learning and development of the children and seeing the results when they achieve!
Thanks, Barb, for sharing your story with Open Colleges.
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