Would you like to work alongside teachers and other educational professionals to support children to reach their potential?
This course will give you the skills and attributes you need to work in an education support role, such as a teacher aide, with children from early childhood to secondary school age. You could also work in the health or social services sector working with disadvantaged children or those with disabilities.
This course is also great if you’re currently a teacher aide and would like to upskill and gain a formal qualification recognising your skills and experience, or if you’re interested in creating a pathway to higher study involving working with young children in education, health or social services professions.
Upon successfully completing the requirements you'll receive the award of:
- New Zealand Certificate in Education Support (Level 4)
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24 weeks part-time
This course has two compulsory full day workshops delivered on campus.
Offered online or partly online
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Graduates will have the skills and knowledge for roles such as teacher aide, library assistant, administrator in schools and early childhood settings, community support worker in the community disability sector.
Topics you'll cover
- Roles and Responsibilities: Ngā Tūranga me ngā Kawenga
- Including all Learners: E pā ana ki ngā ākonga katoa
- Children’s Learning and Development: Te akoranga me te whanaketanga tamariki
- Supporting Children’s Learning: Tautoko i te akoranga tamariki
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Help with fees
Are you Eligible for Free Fees?
There are two ways you can take advantage of free fees. One is through Toi Ohomai’s range of free courses. These are separate to the government’s ‘fees free’ initiative so you don’t need to check your eligibility in relation to fees – simply apply in the normal way and we’ll take it from there.
The other is through the government’s ‘fees free’ initiative: If you’re starting tertiary study for the first time you might be eligible for a year’s worth of free fees. Find out more in our FAQ about the government’s fees free initiative.
Student Loans and Allowances
This course meets the requirements for student loan applications through StudyLink.
- A student loan helps to pay for your course fees (the compulsory fees), study materials e.g. books, equipment, and living costs. You'll have to pay this money back.
Find out more and apply at studylink.govt.nz
Scholarships are one way you might be able to get some financial help. Any scholarships specifically related to this course are shown below, otherwise check out the full list of scholarships promoted by Toi Ohomai.
Course Entry Information
- Applicants must provide evidence they have access to an education setting to complete 72 hours of paid or voluntary work under the supervision of a qualified teacher;
- Two character references are required. These should be from persons in positions of trust or responsibility such as an employer, teacher, pastor, kaumātua or kuia. References from family, friends or work colleagues will not be accepted;
- All applicants will be required to provide a signed consent form which allows Toi Ohomai to check the candidate’s record of convictions on entry, during and prior to completing the programme;
- Applicants will be accepted only after a satisfactory police check is received.
- ALL applicants with ANY convictions will be required to attend an interview with the Group Manager, Programme Manager or delegated staff member from the Education teaching team and may be declined entry depending on the severity, recency, age at offending and pattern of offending.
- Students need to be in paid employment as a teacher aid or other job working with children under supervision of a teacher or able to organise to volunteer in a school, early learning centre, kohanga reo or similar context.
You’ll be invited to an information meeting prior to Toi Ohomai offering you a place. This is your opportunity to find out more about the course content and to make sure you're on the most appropriate course for your career aspirations and current level of experience.
For courses at Level 4, domestic students will normally be required to have:
NCEA Level 2 with passes in English/Te Reo Māori or education achievement at least equivalent to NCEA Level 2.
Evidence of ability to complete academic and any other programme requirements.
English language requirements
Level 4 certificate IELTS General or Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5 or completed New Zealand Certificate in English Language Level 3 with an endorsement of either General, Workplace or Academic, or meets a relevant English Proficiency Outcome as outlined by NZQA.
Course Locations and Intake Information
Intakes to be confirmed Ask to be notified when the next intake becomes available
- 24 weeks part-time
- This course has two compulsory full day workshops delivered on campus.
- Offered online or partly online
Further Study Options
Courses Offered at Toi Ohomai
Courses Currently Under Development at Toi Ohomai, or Offered at Other Institutions
Graduates may undertake further study toward qualifications in teacher education or human services at Level 5 or higher.