Education & Training

Teacher's Aide

Teacher's aides work under a teacher’s supervision to support children and deliver learning activities in the classroom.

  • Entry-level education

    Junior secondary school certificate or equivalent

  • Job outlook

    1 2 3 4 5

What does a Teacher's Aide do?

Teacher's aides work under a teacher’s supervision to support children and deliver learning activities in the classroom. Teacher's aides may also be called education aides or teacher's assistants.


Work activities

As a teacher's aide, you would:

  • help teachers prepare for lessons and plan learning activities
  • set up classroom equipment and clear away after lessons
  • sit with and provide extra assistance to students with special needs
  • assist children individually or in small groups to reinforce learning concepts presented by teachers
  • help manage classroom behaviour
  • discuss assigned duties with classroom teachers to coordinate instructional efforts
  • supervise students in class, between classes, during lunch and recess, and on school outings.

Key skills and interests

To become a teacher's aide, you would need:

  • good communication and listening skills
  • good reading, writing and numeracy skills
  • maturity and a sensible approach to work
  • flexibility and patience in dealing with children
  • to enjoy helping children learn
  • the ability to accept direction and supervision.

Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

In a full-time role, you would normally work standard school hours, Monday to Friday. You may only be required to work during school terms. Part time and flexible work should be available.


Teacher's aides work in public and private schools, and in early childhood learning and childcare centres. Some teacher's aides also work in centres that cater specifically for children with special needs.


How to become an Teacher's Aide?

Entry Level Education

You can work as an education aide without formal qualifications, but employers are likely to require a VET qualification in education support or other relevant tertiary qualification.

You will need to obtain a Working with Children Check or equivalent. A National Police Certificate and a First Aid Certificate may also be required.


Job outlook

  • 1 2 3 4 5

Employment of teacher's aides is projected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations.

Employment growth will come from increases in student enrolments in early childhood centres, preschools and primary schools.


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