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Education Support

Certificate III Of

Free TAFE Code: CHC30213 Cricos: 096645B

Overview

Campus

Preston, Epping

Campus

Preston, Epping

Duration

6 months full time / part time

Duration

6 months full time / part time

Next Intake

April, Midyear

Next Intake

February, April, July, February, July, Midyear

A high impact career

Teachers’ aides make a real difference in the lives of the children they support. Working with children with special needs is an ideal career for people who enjoy working with children and possess patience, resilience and empathetic natures. Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate III in Education Support teaches a specialised skill set to provide this support. Opportunities for education support workers are expected to increase substantially in the next five years, with an additional 30,000 job opportunities predicted. You can expect to be in demand and enjoy job security and opportunities to learn and develop your career. More importantly, you’ll make a difference to people’s lives.

Learn to provide the support they need

Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate III in Education Support provides the skills needed to give extra literacy and numeracy support to students with special needs in classroom settings. You will learn with highly experienced teachers who will guide your learning and mentor you in the essential skills needed to work as an educational support assistant. You will participate in a number of excursions to primary schools and be given the opportunity to listen to guest speakers from industry. You will also gain hands-on skills via a 100-hour workplace placement.

Graduate classroom-ready

The successful completion of Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate III in Education Support qualifies you to work as a teacher’s aide or education support worker. You may gain employment as an education assistant, Indigenous language and culture teaching assistant or with some further study, an education officer. This is a comprehensive and widely recognised qualification that provides the ideal foundation for a successful career in education support for children with special needs or further studies in education, training or early childhood care.

Career Pathways

Where will this take me

As a teacher's aide, you will make a difference in the lives of the students you assist. You can work in all schools and community education settings that provide assistance to teachers and students. This work is ideal for parents needing to be home early for school-aged children.
  • Teacher's Aide
  • Education Assistant

Pathways

Successful completion of this course will enable you to apply to enrol in a Certificate IV in Education Support, Diploma of Education Support or a Bachelor of Education.

Akolda Bil

"It means future to me now. All I was doing before this was working in small jobs, or jobs that aren't going to get me far in life, so studying is a huge deal to me. It got me where I am now.... And it actually, studying gave me a path to go somewhere in my life."

Course Details

How you learn

This course has a 100-hour workplace requirement.

Assessment Methods

Assessment for each competency will be through a combination of on-the-job (practicum) and off-the-job tasks. Off-the-job assessment is a combination of class exercises, assignments and practical demonstrations.

Units of Study

The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact us for the latest student contact hours information.

Units of Study
Code Subject Elective Hours
CHCEDS004 CONTRIBUTE TO ORGANISATION AND MANAGEMENT OF CLASSROOM OR CENTRE Core 30
CHCEDS016 SUPPORT LEARNING FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES IN A CLASSROOM ENVIRONMENT Core 35
CHCEDS006 SUPPORT THE DEVELOPMENT OF NUMERACY SKILLS Core 50
CHCEDS014 SUPPORT STUDENTS WITH ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE Core 30
CHCEDS011 SEARCH AND ASSESS ONLINE INFORMATION Core 20
CHCEDS003 CONTRIBUTE TO STUDENT EDUCATION IN ALL DEVELOPMENTAL DOMAINS Core 50
CHCEDS007 WORK EFFECTIVELY WITH STUDENTS AND COLLEAGUES Core 40
CHCDIV002 PROMOTE ABORIGINAL AND/OR TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER CULTURAL SAFETY Core 25
CHCECE006 SUPPORT BEHAVIOUR OF CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE Core 30
CHCEDS012 SET UP AND SUSTAIN INDIVIDUAL AND SMALL GROUP LEARNING AREAS Core 18
CHCDIV001 WORK WITH DIVERSE PEOPLE Core 40
HLTAID004 PROVIDE AN EMERGENCY FIRST AID RESPONSE IN AN EDUCATION AND CARE SETTING Core 20
CHCEDS001 COMPLY WITH LEGISLATIVE, POLICY AND INDUSTRIAL REQUIRMENTS IN THE EDUCATION ENVIRONMENT Core 35
CHCEDS002 ASSIST IN IMPLEMENTATION OF PLANNED EDUCATION PROGRAMS Core 40
CHCEDS018 SUPPORT STUDENTS WITH ADDITIONAL NEEDS IN THE CLASSROOM ENVIRONMENT Core 30
CHCEDS005 SUPPORT THE DEVELOPMENT OF LITERACY AND ORAL LANGUAGE SKILLS Core 55
CHCEDS017 CONTRIBUTE TO HEALTH AND SAFETY OF STUDENTS Core 30

Fees & Costs

Free TAFE

This is a Free TAFE for Priority Course. Free TAFE for priority courses cover the cost of tuition fees for students who are eligible. Materials and amenities may still apply.

Please note that the Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative will pay your tuition fees for only one course. Once you have commenced in a tuition-free priority course, you are not eligible for further tuition-free places again, even if you do not finish your first tuition-free priority course.

Check your eligibility

Displayed course fees are indicative only. There are many variables that impact the total amount of your full course costs including qualification for government subsidies, concessions or recognition of prior learning. Tuition fees do not include the cost of student amenities or material costs.

To find out if you’re eligible for a Government subsidy we recommend you contact us help you find out.

Melbourne Polytechnic offers a range of payment options to help you pay your tuition fees, so you can get on with your studies.

Fees displayed are effective for new applications received on or after 1 November 2019. Tuition fees do not include textbooks, course materials or overseas student health insurance and visa fees.

After initial deposit, international students are able to pay tuition fees in installments, four times per year.

For more detailed information please read the International Student Fees.

Tuition Fees
$2500.00 - $6050.00
$7500 per semester
$7500 per year
Estimated based on eligibility
Course Fees are only estimated. Find out what subsidies apply to you by contacting us.

Materials and Amenities cost

Students will need to order their course materials directly from the publisher, which we will help them to do in the first week of the course. They will also need to supply your own notebooks and stationery.

Attend an Info Session 

Now’s the time to register for our information and enrolment sessions. We give you an in-depth look at your chosen area of study and a tour of our department facilities.

Requirements

Applicants should be over 18 years old on commencement of the course and hold a Working with Children Check (WWC). Academic: Australian Year 12 equivalency
English: Academic IELTS 5.5 with no individual band below 5.0, Pearson PTE Academic 42 overall with no individual communicative skill below 36, or recognised equivalency
Other: Applicants must provide a 300-500 word written statement outlining any experience in Education settings (voluntarily, informally, or by paid employment) and the reasons why they want to study this course

Applicants will need to provide a Working with Children Check (WWC) and a police check

Next Steps

We're really excited for you to join the Melbourne Polytechnic community and we look forward to supporting you on your education journey.

The first step to enrolling is completing the application short form. You'll then receive a link to complete a few more personal details.

It is a mandatory government requirement for all prospective students to complete an online literacy and numeracy assessment. Once you are ready to enrol, you will be invited to attend of our Skills and Job Centres, or come to campus to complete your enrolment in person.

For certificate-level courses, you can pay by weekly or fortnightly direct debit using our Tuition Payment Plan. Read more about TPPs here.

If you need assistance with your application and the next steps, you can contact one of our Education and Course Advisors on 03 9269 8400 or follow a step-by-step guide to enrolling for vocational education local students.