Education & Training
Education aides assist teachers with the supervision and support of students and the delivery of learning programs.
Junior secondary school certificate or equivalent
What does an Education Aide do?
Education aides assist teachers with the supervision and support of students and the delivery of learning programs. They also provide support and assistance to students with special needs, including those with physical or intellectual disabilities, or behavioural issues. Education aides are also known as teachers’ aides.
As an education aide, you might:
- work as a team member alongside other teachers and education staff
- assist students with opportunities to develop personal, social and independent learning skills
- work with individual students with intellectual, physical or behavioural difficulties to support their specific areas of need
- reinforce appropriate behaviours in the classroom
- organise and collate literacy and numeracy activities
- prepare indoor or outdoor areas for learning or recreational activities
- assist with the creation of classroom displays or presentations
- share responsibility for the safety and physical well-being of children at all times.
Key skills and interests
To become an education aide, you would need:
- maturity and sensibility
- the ability to mediate conflict
- high intellectual capability
- the ability to listen carefully to students’ needs and desires
- to enjoy helping children learn
- the ability to accept direction
- good teamwork skills.
Working hours and conditions
In a full-time role, you would normally work a standard number of hours during the week, Your working hours outside of school hours would vary depending on the type of setting you work in and what classes you assist with.
Education aides typically work in both public and private schools. They may also work in other educational facilities, such as day-care facilities, childcare centres or in universities.
How to become an Education Aide?
Entry Level Education
You can work as an education aide without formal qualifications, but employers usually require junior secondary school certificate or equivalent. Your employment prospects may be improved if you have qualifications such as a VET qualification in education support. You may be able to study through distance education.
To work as an education aide, or to undertake work placements while studying, you would need a first aid certificate, and a Working with Children Check or equivalent. A National Police Certificate may also be required.
Employment of education aides is projected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations.
Growth is expected to result from continued demand for special education services, and increases in preschool and primary school enrolment.
Because education aides work directly with students, the increase in the number of students will spur demand. In addition, there will be continued demand for special education services and, in turn, demand for education aides who work with these students.