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Program Overview

Education support is required in schools in regular classes and special units and special schools.  In Australia children with additional needs may also attend regular schools and classes.

Working with qualified teachers an Education Support Officer supports the education and learning development of children.

The work can be varied and you may be involved in a range of tasks and activities including; supporting individuals or groups of students, preparing teacher resources, assisting with observations and documentation of student progress, assiting to set up and immplement learning experiences, and generally to support the teacher to deliver a quality education program.

Career prospects within the industry are good.  You have the opportunity to be an allrounder or to focus on specialist areas within the industry.


Potential careers and job titles relevant to this qualification include:

  • Teacher’s Aide/Teacher Assistant/Integration Aide
  • Multicultural Aide
  • Support Worker (working with children with disabilities)
  • Education Support Officer
  • Indigenous Language and Culture Teaching Assistant
  • Literacy/Numeracy Worker
  • ESL Support

Program Requirements and Prerequisites

Entry Requirements:

  • Year 12 Successful completion of VCE or equivalent
  • Mature relevant industry or vocational experince or assessed as being capable to complete the course by the university

Program Requirements:

Text Book: Supporting Education, The Teaching Assistant's Handbook by Karen Kearns (this will be provided)

Current Working With Children's Check

The ability to commit to:

  • 2 days (1 workshop at VicPolytechnic and 1 school placement) per week
  • and regular On-line learning each week.  

    Industry Requirements

    You must complete a pratical education placement to complete this course.  Before you commence the placement you are required to hold a valid working with children check.  We recommend you apply for these checks prior to enrolement.  The following link connects you to the application process for a working with children check.  Please note that if fees are required they are additional to the course fees.

    Program Information Sessions

    Information sessions are a great way for you to learn more about the course and get answers to any questions you may have.

    Come along and meet the team who will be your teaching staff.

    Click HERE for more information on Course information sessions.


      Program Fees and Charges

      Skills Recognition Online Tool

      If you have worked for a period of time and feel confident that you can do a particular job, but don't have a formal qualification, then Skills Recognition (RPL) will benefit you.

      A Skills Recognition online tool is available for this qaulification, which means that you can complete the process in your own time at your own pace. The online tool can be accessed here.


        Program Contact

        Narelle Delbridge
        Administration Officer 

        Early Childhood and Education Support

        Phone: +61 (03) 9919 8234

          Program Quick Guide

          This course is delivered with a degree of flexibility.  The average duration of the course is12 months.   The theory for each unit is delivered via a range of on-line learning activities that must be completed prior to attending regular course workshops.

          A education environment placement forms a key component of the course and is undertaken for the duration of your training.  

          At the workshops you will apply the theory learnt on-line and on school placement to consolidate your learnings.  The workshops will include; guest speakers, excursions, learning activities, assessments and networking opportunities.


            Program Structure

            Qualification Description

            This qualification reflects the role of workers in a range of education settings, including public and independent schools and community education settings, who provide assistance and support to teachers and students under broad-based supervision.

            Some job roles may require tasks to be performed with a moderate level of autonomy and/or the provision of supervision/leadership to other staff/volunteers.

            The course consists of a total number of 17 units  as follows:

            • CHCEDS001 Comply with legislative, policy and industrial requirements in the education environment
            • CHCEDS019 Support students mathematics learning
            • HLTWHS001Participate in workplace health and safety
            • CHCEDS020 Support students literacy learning
            • CHCEDS021 Assist in facilitation of student learning
            • CHCPRP003  Reflect on and improve own professional practice
            • CHCECE006 Support the behaviour of children and young people
            • CHCEDS032 Support learning and implementation of responsible behaviour
            • CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
            • CHCEDS022 Work with students in need of additional support
            • CHCEDS023 Support students outside the classroom
            • CHCEDS025 Facilitate learning for students with disabilities
            • CHCEDS031 Provide support to students with autism spectrum disorder
            • CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
            • CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
            • CHCEDS024 Use educational strategies to support Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander education

            Standalone Unit

            • HLTAID003 Provide first aid

            Course information can be accessed by clicking HERE.

            Practical Placement

            A core component of the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support qualification is the embedding of practical work placements during the course.


            Assessments are a combination of written and online work, education placement related projects, and practical workshops.

            Pathway Opportunities

            Pathway opportunities at Victoria University following successful completion of this program may include:

            Diploma of Education

            Certificate IV Disability

            Diploma of Community Services
            (with minimum 1-2 years community sector experience)
            Diploma of Education Studies
            (which provides credit for the first year of the Bachelor of Education)
            Diploma of Liberal Arts
            (which provides credit for the first year of the Bachelor of Education)


              Workplace Health & Safety

              Your health and wellbeing during your study with Victoria Polytechnic is of the highest importance to us.  It is important that you are aware of health and safety when you are attending workshops or practical labs at Victoria Polytechnic and in the workplace. Victoria Polytechnic requires students in this course to complete an course induction including Health and Safety and you are required to adhere to the Victoria University Health and Safety policy and procedures whilst on any Victoria University or Polytechnic campus.

              For more information click HERE.


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