Certificate in Teacher Aiding (Level 4) (Closed to New Enrolments)

Qualification code OP4100

About this programme

You can play an important role in children’s lives by supporting them at school as a teacher aide. As part of the programme you will volunteer or work in a school for at least five hours per week. You will be responsible for assisting teachers by helping pupils with their learning programme and other needs. If you’re currently working as a teacher aide, this programme is a great way to gain formal recognition and new skills that you can apply straight to your job. 

Programme Update

New Students

OP4100 Certificate in Teacher Aiding (Level 4) ) is closed for enrolments for new students.

Current Students

If you were already enrolled in OP4100 Certificate in Teacher Aiding (Level 4) prior to 26 September 2018 with Open Polytechnic, you can continue to enrol in your next course to complete your qualification.
Please note, you must be enrolled in your last course/s by the April block in 2019 and successfully complete all of your assessments by 31 December 2019 to be awarded this qualification.

A new programme available in 2019

If you would like to register your interest to study the new programme, please click on the link below to complete the form. We will contact you when the new programme is open for enrolment.

Registration of Interest

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  • Level 4  
    Credits 40 
  • Workload

    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.

  • Study type Open  
  • Cost $650 NZ Domestic

    Approximate cost for the full qualification based on 2018 fee information, not including annual administration fees, fee increases, textbooks, course materials or external exam fees.

  • Student loan

    Eligible for student loans, if you meet the criteria. Student loans and eligibility

For information about selecting courses to study towards this qualification, check out the Choose courses tab.

What you will learn

Once you have achieved this qualification you will know about:

  • assisting children with their learning
  • working with groups of learners
  • planning small group learning sessions
  • children’s development
  • providing a safe environment for children.

Career opportunities

This qualification will prepare you for a career in teacher aiding or supporting special education learners.

Study pathways

You may also be interested in our early childhood education or out of school care and recreation qualifications. The Out of School Care and Recreation Certificate is designed for people who are working in before or after school care or holiday programmes.

Open Polytechnic Certificate in Early Childhood Practice
National Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care
Out of School Care and Recreation Certificate

OP3500 Teacher Aide Certificate

If you have completed OP3500 Teacher Aide Certificate, you can upgrade to OP4100 Certificate in Teacher Aiding. Twenty credits from OP3500 will be transferred to this programme. To achieve this qualification, you need to complete 4972 Working Professionally and three other elective courses. You do not need to complete 4971 Introduction to Teacher Aiding.

OP4290 Out of School Care and Recreation Certificate

If you have completed the Out of School Care and Recreation Certificate, you may be able to credit 4291 The Extension to Out of School Care and Recreation towards the Certificate in Teacher Aiding. Contact us for more information

Key dates

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.

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Assessment and exam

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

Information about assessment

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