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.
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.
You can seek Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) where your work experience or qualifications of an advanced and related nature have been undertaken. RPL is individually assessed based on evidence submitted by the student to the teaching department. Applications for RPL will be assessed by relevant Melbourne Polytechnic trainers, academics and where appropriate, industry experts.