Gain the skills and confidence to provide support in classrooms with a Certificate IV in Education Support CHC40213 at Victoria University Polytechnic.
This course will provide you with essential skills to work collaboratively with teachers and students in school and community settings. You’ll learn about:
- child development
- supporting students’ literacy and numeracy learning
- helping students with disabilities
- autism spectrum disorder
- supporting students who are at risk.
Through both classroom learning and practical work placements, you’ll lay the groundwork for a rewarding career in education. Upon graduation, you’ll have the confidence, practical skills and knowledge to support teachers in public schools, independent schools and community education.
Note: This course will be delivered on campus based on student enrolment numbers.
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Everything you learn at Victoria University Polytechnic has direct links to the real world. You will develop practical skills through our supportive workplace learning model and be job-ready when you graduate.
Throughout this course, you’ll work under direct supervision in a real workplace. You’ll get 120 hours of practical placement in a classroom setting, giving you the opportunity to put theory into practice.
COVID-19 vaccine requirement
In response to Victoria's Roadmap announced in September 2021, all students must have any COVID-19 vaccine prior to the commencement of placement.
- You must provide evidence of having the COVID-19 vaccine. If you are not compliant with this requirement you are not eligible to undertake a placement and progress within the course.
- You must be willing to undergo any additional checks and immunisations as directed by the University.
Our partner network includes schools and community and government organisations, particularly in Melbourne’s north and west. Victoria University Polytechnic students are known for their capability in the workplace, and placements can lead to employment.
You’ll learn from teachers who have valuable industry contacts and the latest industry-standard skills and knowledge. You’ll also develop links with industry and professional experience through:
- guest speaker presentations
- scenario-based learning and assessments.
VU’s Learning Hubs are welcoming spaces where you can improve your study and employability skills.
Our students can attend Learning Hubs at one of five VU campuses.
We offer maths, writing, careers and English-language advice, and show you effective ways to study and manage your time.
Our programs include:
- drop-in sessions
- peer mentoring
- maths and writing resources
- resume and career guidance.
Careers in education
This industry-focused certificate will prepare you for a rewarding career in education support. You’ll be prepared for a range of roles providing assistance and support to teachers and students under broad-based supervision. Our graduates find work in areas including:
- early childhood education
- primary and secondary schools
- vocational and higher education
- community education.
Potential job titles include:
- education assistant or aide
- support worker (children with disabilities)
- teacher assistant or aide
- Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander education worker
- Indigenous language and culture teaching assistant
- integration aide
- multicultural aide
- integration coordinator
- home tutor.
Employment for education and integration aides is expected to grow strongly over the next five years (Labout Market Insights).
VU Polytechnic delivers the electives listed in the ‘course structure and units’ below. These electives have been selected based on industry needs, graduate pathways and/or student and teacher feedback.
To be awarded CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support, a student must successfully complete a total of seventeen (17) units of competency, comprising of:
twelve (12) core units, and;
five (5) elective units, of which:
at least three (3) units must be selected from the electives listed in the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support qualification, and;
up to two (2) units may be selected from any endorsed training package or accredited course relevant to the work outcome.
Alternative suitable electives are only available via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT) and must be approved by VU Polytechnic.
VU Polytechnic delivers the electives listed in the ‘course structure and units’ below. These electives have been selected based on industry needs, graduate pathways and/or student and teacher feedback. Alternative suitable electives are only available via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT).
- CHCEDS001 - Comply with legislative, policy and industrial requirements in the education environment
- CHCEDS024 - Use educational strategies to support Aboriginal and / or Torres Strait Islander education
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.
Fees & scholarships
Fee type definitions
The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re offered a government subsidised place or a full fee-paying place.
Students who enrol in a:
- government subsidised place pay subsidised tuition fees (the government contributes the rest), and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee along with any material fees
- full fee-paying place pay the full fee tuition rate (which includes Student Services and Amenities Fee and any material fees).
Find out more about:
- the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF)
- ways to pay your fees
- important fee dates
- how to apply for a VE/TAFE refund
Scholarships & assistance
Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.
We can help with fee assistance and advice.
Admission & pathways
Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course. Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.
If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs.
As part of the application process, applicants must complete a Pre-training Review (PTR) and undertake a literacy and numeracy (LN) assessment to determine suitability for admission.
Students will be required to demonstrate they have the capacity to work with children and families in the highly demanding field of early childhood as set out by the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) and the Education and Care Services National Regulations by participating in an interview. This may be conducted individually or as a group, at the discretion of the Polytechnic.
For employment and practical placement purposes, this vocational sector typically requires
a current and satisfactory Police Record Check, and
Working with Children Check.
- In response to Victoria's Roadmap announced in September 2021, all students must have any COVID-19 vaccine prior to the commencement of placement. Students will be required to provide evidence prior to commencement of placement. If students are not compliant with this requirement they are not eligible to undertake a placement and this will mean that they will not be able to progress within their course.
Failure to provide the required documents in the timeframe specified by the Course Coordinator, means you will be unable to undertake practical placement in a workplace and therefore not eligible to progress in this course.
The following are suggested sites you could visit to obtain these checks:
Police Record Check - http://www.police.vic.gov.au/content.asp?Document_ID=274
Working with Children Check - http://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au/
Use our credit calculator to find out how much credit you could get towards your course, based on your previous study.
You may be able to complete your qualification sooner through formal recognition of your existing skills. This is known as Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).
To receive RPL, we assess your previous work, education and life experiences against recognised qualifications. Applications for RPL can be made prior to enrolling.
Call us on 1300 TAFE VP (1300 823 387) to discuss RPL options with the course manager.
How to apply
Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.
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