Teacher Aide and Education Support

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The College of Education, Health and Human Development offers the Certificate in Learning Support (CertLS) and an online programme. CertLS is ideal for anyone interested in working as a teacher-aide or education support worker, and is also suitable for parents who are assisting teachers or would like to do so. The Certificate may also be of interest as a first step for those considering a career in teaching.

This qualification provides graduates with the skills and knowledge to effectively support and facilitate children’s learning from early childhood through to secondary school education. All courses are offered online with supporting readings, weblinks, digitally recorded lectures and materials, in addition some courses will include on campus workshops.

This Certificate also provide you with transferable skills, such as:

  • working effectively and professionally with colleagues, children and parents.
  • digital literacy in planning, recording and communicating learning activities and progress.
  • supporting and facilitating learning in innovative and creative ways innovation.

To study the certificate you must meet UC's entry requirements.

The Certificate in Learning Support is made up of four 15-point courses. Two courses are offered each Semester.  The qualification can be completed in a minimum of one year and maximum of three years.

New Course: 2018

In 2018 we are offering a new course “Supporting Early Literacy and Oral Language Development”. This course aligns with the Ministry of Education’s strategic priority to accelerate the literacy progress of priority learners (which includes children with learning and behavioural needs). It is also consistent with the Ministry’s objective to support effective teacher aide practice and recent focus on strategies to enhance oral language teaching and learning.

 “Supporting Early Literacy and Oral Language Development” includes practical components, these have been integrated to provide students with hands on learning experiences that they can directly use in the classroom or early childhood centre setting. In addition to the online experience this course will provide face-to-face practical sessions - these include evening lectures and half-day workshops which will focus on the practical aspects of the course content.

For the full requirements see the Regulations for the Certificate in Learning Support

Enrolments open in October each year and courses run in both Semesters. Please refer to our website for full enrolment details.

Graduates of the Certificate in Learning Support can work in a number of roles such as:

  • teacher aides/ education support workers in early childhood centres and primary, intermediate, area and secondary schools
  • parent helpers in schools and early childhood centres.

For more information

Contact the Liaison Office