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Mode of Delivery:
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Course Duration:
12 months
Commencing in:
  • 2024

2024 Intake

Intake Date Campus Attendance Days
17/07/2024 Warragul Wednesday, Thursday 9:00am-3:00pm

About this course

Prepare yourself to work as education support workers in a primary or secondary school setting, assisting teachers in supporting the learning of students, often those requiring additional support and/or with a disability or additional learning needs in the classroom.
With a combination of online study, face-to-face workshop and work placement in a primary or secondary school setting, this course requires at least 100 hours of work placement.
You'll need:
- A laptop with a camera to bring to class
- Access to the internet at home for online study
- Digital literacy skills to enable them to work independently with our online platform (Moodle)
- Literacy skills to independently access course readings and other learning materials
- Microsoft Office 365 skills.

Want to pursue a pathway as an education support workers in a primary or secondary school setting?
Our Certificate IV in School Based Education Support will give you the skills to assist teachers to support the learning of students in the classroom and work with students requiring additional support and/or with a disability or additional learning needs.
As part of this qualification, you'll need to have completed a total of least 100 hours of work in a classroom environment catering to primary or secondary school students, within at least one school in Australia as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of units of competency.

Did you know: The Victorian Government has now made Free TAFE courses even more accessible for new students enrolling for study in 2023. All Free TAFE courses at TAFE Gippsland are now available to people with higher-level qualifications and those who have completed a previous Free TAFE course and are looking to continue in their selected training pathway. Conditions and eligibility rules apply. Check out our Free TAFE information page for further details.

Career Opportunities

Education support worker in a primary or secondary school setting
Integration aide in a primary or secondary school setting
Teacher's aide in a primary or secondary school setting

Opportunities for Further Study

Bachelor of Early Childhood Education and Care
Bachelor of Education

Skills or Knowledge gained

This course will equip you with the skills to work with teachers, primary and secondary school students, their families and other professionals in a school setting.
You will develop the skills and knowledge to enable them to provide enriching, engaging, and meaningful learning experiences and a supportive learning environment for primary and secondary school students. You'll develop knowledge in childhood development, literacy and numeracy development, behaviour management strategies, policy and legislation and curriculum implementation.
Through both the classroom and practical placements you will have the opportunity to set up learning experiences, become familiar with relevant policy and procedures and learn how to provide a safe learning and work environment.
Areas of knowledge that are covered in the course include:
* Legislation and policy
* Health and safety
* Mandatory reporting
* Family and culture
* Child development and behavior
* Setting up learning experiences
*Literacy and numeracy development
* Working effectively with colleagues, students and families
* Documenting student learning and taking observations
* Roles and responsibilities for an education support worker.
Expectations for the role of a Certificate III trained education support worker in the workplace include the following foundation employability skills:
* Oral communication
* Problem-solving
* Reading and writing skills
* Self-management
* Planning and organisational
* Technology
* Initiative and enterprise.

Entry Requirements

Are there specified requirements for entry into the course/qualification?: Yes

Mandatory entry requirements:

Students must obtain a clear National Police Check and Working With Children Check to be able to complete the workplace component of this course.
Students must have a laptop with a camera and microphone (for online workshops if needed).
Students will complete a pre-training review (PTR), including language, literacy, and numeracy assessment, phone interview, and a face-to-face interview.
To attend placement or be in the workplace, students are required to have COVID-19 vaccinations as determined by the State Government on public health recommendations.

Recommended entry Requirements:

Basic digital literacy skills, including experience using Microsoft Office 365.

Limitations to course Entry:

Inherent requirements for this course:
* This course has a mandatory workplace component in a school setting to complete practical assessments. The following are the inherent requirements for education support workers' roles and responsibilities:
* Providing a child-safe environment (being able to move quickly if a child is in danger)
* Providing basic physical and emotional care for students (assisting with toileting, managing student behavior, supporting children with disabilities which may include lifting, administration of medication, and required treatments)
* Supervision in the playground, and on camps, excursions, and sporting activities and events
* Provide support for teaching teach (may include setting up activities, supervision of small or large group activities)
* Set up and put away learning materials and resources both indoors and outside where required
* Standing for long periods of time, being able to get down to a child's level and engage in activities which may be at a table of floor level

Minimum Industry Requirement

  • Working with children check
  • Police check

Licensing/Regulatory Requirements

Will this course/qualification or a constituent unit provide a pathway to an industry licence or regulated outcome: No

Qualifications and Recognition - 2024

Upon successful completion of this course students will be eligible to receive the Certificate IV in School Based Education Support.

Work Placement - 2024

Does this course require placement?: Yes

At least a minimum of 100 hours to be completed in a school setting.

Placement to be arranged by: Institute

Further Information - 2024


Fees and charges Government subsidised concession Government subsidised Full-fee paying student
Maximum full course tuition fee* (GST exempt) $1,058.00 $5,290.00 $12,190.00
Materials fee* (GST exempt) $133.00 $133.00 $133.00
Total $1,191.00 $5,423.00 $12,323.00
VET Student Loans

Not Applicable for this course

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Sample course units

CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
CHCECE054 Encourage understanding of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples' cultures
CHCEDS033 Meet legal and ethical obligations in an education support environment
CHCEDS036 Support the development of literacy and oral language skills
CHCEDS037 Support the development of numeracy skills
CHCEDS045 Support student mathematics learning
CHCEDS046 Support student literacy learning
CHCEDS047 Assist in facilitation of student learning
CHCEDS048 Work with students in need of additional learning support
CHCEDS051 Facilitate learning for students with disabilities
CHCEDS052 Deliver elements of teaching and learning programs
CHCEDS056 Provide support to students with autism spectrum disorder
CHCEDS058 Support the implementation of behaviour plans
CHCEDS059 Contribute to the health, safety and wellbeing of students
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety

The assessment for each course varies. It may include knowledge questions, practical skills tasks, projects, research work, on the job assessment, etc. Your assessor or educator will provide specific information on the requirements for your course.

You can expect that:

  • assessment methods are clear
  • assessment tasks are relevant and meet the requirements of your course
  • assessor or educator demonstrate fairness and lack of bias when assessing your work
  • educators will provide open and honest feedback about assessment tasks.