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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.
OP4100 Certificate in Teacher Aiding (Level 4) will be closed to new students from 26 September 2018. If you wish to enrol in this programme please apply to enrol prior to that date.
If you are already enrolled in OP4100 Certificate in Teacher Aiding (Level 4) 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 by the April block in 2019, and successfully complete all of your assessments by 31 December 2019 to be awarded this qualification.
Certificate in Teacher Aiding (203 KB 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.
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.
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.
Once you have achieved this qualification you will know about:
This qualification will prepare you for a career in teacher aiding or supporting special education learners.
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
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.
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
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