Education Support Professional Certificate

Make a positive impact in the lives of children with disabilities by working as an Educational Support officer (Integration Aide or Teacher Aide).

 

Increasingly, more children with disabilities are enrolled in local schools and Educational Support staff (Integration and Teacher Aides) continue to play an important role in inclusive education.

Not only will you gain invaluable knowledge, but you’ll also develop a strong skillset to help children with disabilities to learn and develop.


Who’s this course for?

If you’d like to increase your understanding of, and involvement with, children with disabilities then this course could be for you.

No entry requirements are needed so we encourage anyone that’s interested to apply. Our students come from a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences including those who are:

  • already working as Integration or Teacher Aides
  • parents or care givers of children with disabilities
  • looking to change careers
  • students out of school who’d like to gain further skills and learn more about education
  • ex- teachers who have out-of-date qualifications but who’d like to return to working with children
  • parents who’ve been raising children and would like to re-enter the workforce in a job that offers flexible working hours.
  • Deakin University students

Aims

As a well-recognised program in both government and non-government schools, this course will help you develop your understanding about children with additional needs and the practices and processes which may support their development. This program also build knowledge and skills in relation to working with teachers and students in a collaborative student support approach to improve students outcomes.

Specifically, you’ll:

  • gain knowledge and skills about inclusive learning practices for children with disabilities
  • develop an understanding of a wide range of disabilities and their impact upon learning and social development
  • increase your skills in assisting teachers to implement inclusive education practices
  • enhance your knowledge and skillset in the employment roles of Integration and Teacher Aide positions
  • further your understanding of the current state-wide curriculum and education sector initiatives.

Course topics

This program will teach you current practices of working with children in schools and the latest approaches to learning. Whilst a formal qualification isn’t yet compulsory to work in this field, your career will benefit from the wealth of knowledge and insights that the course presenters – Deakin’s academic staff from the School of Education – can share with you.

Our presenters are highly experienced in the disability field and have worked as both teachers and school principals. They’ve been training Integration Aides for many years and cover course topics such as:

  • attitudes towards disability
  • specific kinds of disability
  • impact of disabilities upon learning and social development
  • childhood development and learning styles
  • current initiatives in the state-wide curriculum (VELS)
  • inclusive learning and teaching strategies
  • ITC in the schooling context
  • behaviour management strategies
  • working in professional teams
  • applying for Aide positions.

Approach

We focus on offering a friendly and supportive learning environment, which especially helps those who’ve not studied for a while to feel comfortable and relaxed.

Sessions involve lots of small group work and discussions, encouraging students to work cooperatively. Instead of exams and tests, assignments are used to gauge your understanding, with plenty of individual support offered to each student. Assignments are highly practical and we offer flexibility around submission dates.

Facilitator

Kaye Scott

Kaye Scott is a full-time PhD student, casual lecturer and casual research assistant at Deakin University. She was a founding member of the Victorian Deaf Education Institute, (VDEI) a division of the Department of Education and Training in Victoria. She has presented at several national and international conferences on research projects commissioned by VDEI.

Kaye has worked in various educational roles at both country and city locations, in general education and in special education. Recent roles include: visiting (itinerant) teacher of the deaf; and coordinator of the Brighton Hearing Unit, a role which also included the coordination of the inclusion program at the school.

Kaye holds a Master of Education (Special Education) and an Executive Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Melbourne. She is currently the Vice President of the Australian Association of Teachers of the Deaf (Victoria), and a state representative on the National Association of Australian Teachers of the Deaf. She was the 2019 Deafness Foundation Educational Research Fellow.

 

Course dates

 The Course is held over 6 days, 9.30am – 3pm, delivered online. 

 

Course 1

March / April

  • Friday 12th March 
  • Monday 15th March
  • Friday 19th March
  • Monday 22nd March
  • Friday 26th March
  • Monday 29th March

Course 2

May / June

  • Monday 31st May
  • Friday 4th June
  • Monday 7th June
  • Friday 11th June
  • Monday 21st June
  • Friday 25th June

Course 3

November / December

  • Thursday 18th November
  • Friday 19th November
  • Thursday 25th November
  • Friday 26th November
  • Thursday 2nd December
  • Friday 3rd December

Registration 

To register for this course, visit our online payment system and follow the prompts.

The total cost is $695 and payment via credit card is required upfront before the course begins, using our online payment system.

 

Refund and withdrawal

To be eligible for a full refund, we need to receive an application to withdraw from the course at least five working days before it begins. Participants withdrawing after the course has started will have to pay a $150 administration fee.

Cancellation of courses

Deakin University maintains the right to cancel the course if minimum participation numbers aren’t reached. In this case, participants will be notified before class begins and payments already made will be fully refunded.

Requirements

No prerequisites are required for this course. Participants must attend all sessions unless exceptional circumstances are demonstrated. Practical assessment tasks are set with optional format presentation.

Certificates

On completion of this course, participants will be awarded a Education Support Professional Certificate

Recognition of prior learning

At the end of this professional learning course, Deakin University students who are currently undertaking an undergraduate teaching program can elect to do a formal assessment task to accrue one credit point towards an elective unit. The cost is $200. Please contact Professional Learning Education Hub on pledhub@deakin.edu.au