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Teacher Aide Course

The Ministry of Education is currently providing a range of Professional Learning days for Teacher Aides across the regions as part of the Teacher Aide PLD pilot. Given the nature of these offerings we intend to run our Teacher Aide programme later in 2021 as a way to build on the learning made freely available by the Ministry. Please contact us to signal your interest in joining us later in the year and we will send you more details about programme dates when they are confirmed.

Are you currently employed as a Teacher Aide in a New Zealand Primary or Intermediate school? Enrol in our new Teacher Aide Course to further develop your understanding, knowledge and skills to support the work you do.

This course introduces the role and responsibilities of Teacher Aides, including concepts of teaching and learning, planning and adapting for learners, and building professional relationships. It explores how Teacher Aides can support learners’ wellbeing and their specific learning, behavioural, and other needs. It also highlights the importance of inclusion, with a focus on how Teacher Aides can respect and acknowledge cultural and other forms of diversity in their work within New Zealand schools.

After completing this course, you will have further developed the understandings and skills that support your work as a Teacher Aide in New Zealand Primary and Intermediate schools. You will have explored a range of concepts and skills across the three strands of grades A and B of the New Zealand Teacher Aide Work Matrix.

This course consists of three modules, which collectively can be credited as a 15-point option paper towards a Bachelor of Teaching degree (subject to Bachelor of Teaching admission requirements). Alternatively, each module can be taken as a stand-alone component.

This course is taught in Tauranga (and offered within other regions) with blended teaching delivery for 10 weeks (to complete all three modules) and is supplemented with online independent work and a practical component undertaken in a school context.

There is a Teacher Aide PLD pilot fund available to all teacher aides employed in state and state-integrated schools. For more information and to check your eligibility to have your enrolment fees covered for this course, see Scholarships and Prizes.

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Key information

Weeks: 10 weeks (to complete all three modules) or 3-4 weeks (per single module)
Points: 15 (5 points per module)
Study Locations:Tauranga
Start Dates: TBC. Contact us for more information.
Fees (Domestic): $789 ($263 per module)
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Entry Requirements: Postgraduate International
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*Tuition fees shown are indicative only and may change. There are additional fees and charges related to enrolment please see the Table of Fees and Charges for more information. You will be sent an enrolment agreement which will confirm your fees.

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Entry requirements

Open entry to those currently employed as a Teacher Aide in a New Zealand Primary or Intermediate school.


Study in Tauranga

This Teacher Aide Course is taught in Tauranga, and offered in other regions.


There is a Teacher Aide PLD pilot fund available to all teacher aides employed in state and state-integrated schools. This fund supports the development of the skills and knowledge of teacher aides in ways that contribute to the vision of their school, and to ākonga and students' needs. For more information about accessing this fund to cover your course enrolment fees please visit the Ministry of Education Professional Learning and Development website.


Module 1*:   TAIDE101 - Introduction to the Teacher Aide role

This paper introduces the role and responsibilities of Teacher Aides, including concepts of teaching and learning, planning and adapting for learners, and building professional relationships

Module 2*:   TAIDE102 - Supporting learners as a Teacher Aide

This paper explores how Teacher Aides can support learners’ wellbeing, health and safety, and specific learning, behavioural, and other needs.

Module 3*:   TAIDE103 - Cultural responsiveness, diversity, and inclusion in a Teacher Aide role

This paper explores how Teacher Aides can respect and acknowledge cultural and other forms of diversity in their work within New Zealand schools. The paper highlights the importance of inclusion.

* Module 1 must be completed first and is prerequisite for modules 2 and 3, which can be completed in any order.


Contacts

Senior Lecturer Dr Nadine Ballam
Email: [email protected]

Te Kura Toi Tangata School of Education
Phone: 0800 924 5286
Email: [email protected]

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