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Teacher Aide Course

Applications for 2022 are open! Apply now to secure your place.

Are you currently employed as a Teacher Aide or in a Learning Support role in a New Zealand school? Enrol in our new Teacher Aide Course to further develop your knowledge and skills, with the potential to pathway into a Bachelor of Teaching qualification**.

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 or Learning Support in New Zealand 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 (3 weeks per module), which can be taken as stand-alone components. The course is taught online for 9 weeks (to complete all three modules, or three weeks for those choosing to complete Module 1 only) and is supplemented with independent work and a practical component undertaken in a school context. To find out more information about what is included within each module, see the Course Overview section below.

We are also offering a pathway for staff currently working in a school who are interested in working towards gaining a teaching qualification. Students who are interested can begin study in the Bachelor of Teaching, Primary* part-time, via distance learning in the second half of 2022 (B Trimester) which provides a bridge to continuing with full-time study in 2023.  A 15 point option paper can also be credited towards the Bachelor of Teaching, Primary degree** upon completion of all three modules of the Teacher Aide Course. Further information about the pathway into the Bachelor of Teaching, Primary* will be shared during the course.

*subject to Bachelor of Teaching, Primary admission requirements.

**Note: Unfortunately at this time we aren't able to offer a pathway into an Initial Teacher Education Programme that is Secondary School specific, however you are able to use the 15 point paper credit towards another degree programme if you wish.

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Key information

Weeks: 9 weeks (to complete all three modules) or 3 weeks (per single module)
Points: 15 (5 points per module)
Study Locations:Online
Start Dates: Module 1 begins 19 September
Estimated 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 or in a Learning Support role in a New Zealand School.


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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 the prerequisite for modules 2 and 3.


Contacts

Teaching Fellow Jill Peterson
Email: [email protected]

Te Kura Toi Tangata School of Education
Phone: 0800 924 5286
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