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Teacher aides play an important role in supporting children’s learning in New Zealand schools.
If you’re working as a teacher aide in a school, or would like to, then this part-time qualification will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to do the job effectively. You will study by distance and do the practical work in a school, with support from both the school and your Open Polytechnic tutor.
Certificate in Teacher Aiding (1.8 MB PDF)
You will need to study for about 7 hours per week for each of the core courses and group of elective courses in the qualification. As well as this study time, you will need to work in a primary or intermediate school for at least 5 hours a week while you are studying towards your certificate.
This cost is an approximate total cost for the full qualification. The cost does not include annual administration fees, course fee increases, set textbooks, course materials or external exam fees.
This qualification is eligible for student loans, if you meet the criteria. Student loans and eligibility
This certificate is approved by NZQA and is recognised in schools throughout the country. It comprises one core course and a group of four elective courses.
Once you have successfully completed this qualification you will:
Are you a graduate of OP3500 Teacher Aide Certificate?
If you are interested in continuing your personal/professional development, you can upgrade to OP4100 Certificate in Teacher Aiding. Your 20 credits
from OP3500 will be transferred to OP4100. To complete OP4100, you need to complete 4972 Working Professionally and three other elective courses, excluding the equivalent elective you completed in OP3500. You do not need to complete 4971 Introduction to Teacher Aiding.
Are you a graduate of OP4290 Out of School Care and Recreation Certificate?
You can credit some modules from OP4290 Out of School Care and Recreation Certificate to OP4100 Certificate in Teacher Aiding. Please contact us for more information.
You may be interested in our Level 4 Out of School Care and Recreation Certificate which is designed for people working in before-school care, after-school care and holiday programmes.
Our open courses are open for enrolment every month. Each open course starts on the first Monday of the month you choose for enrolment. You must complete your study within the given start and end dates.
This qualification is internally assessed and has no exam. The assessments include written, oral and practical tasks. We will advise you where to find assessment due dates when your enrolment is confirmed
For information about selecting courses to study towards this qualification, check out the Enrol in courses tab.
You must read the information provided within the Qualification Structure table, which details the order in which courses must be studied to complete a valid qualification.