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Teacher Aide Courses in South Australia

Australia’s most popular teacher aide course

Teacher Aide Courses in South Australia

Research-based, best practice teacher aide courses in SA

Studying a teacher aide course in SA with the leader in teacher aide training is a sure-fire way get your new career off the ground. With more than 700 schools across the state, there are many opportunities in South Australia for well-trained, qualified, and dedicated teacher aides.

The nationally recognised CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support is the introductory teacher aide course suitable for anyone in SA seeking to begin their career as an SSO and who intends to work in a mainstream classroom. On the other hand, the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support will teach you best practice skills, strategies and techniques to effectively support students with a range of difficulties, disorders and disabilities. The Teacher Aide Combo is our most popular offering as it saves time and money while supercharging your career.

Only in FTTA’s nationally recognised, research-based, best practice teacher aide courses will you study a plethora of skills, strategies and techniques that will ensure you become an indispensable School Support Officer or SSO. You will learn vital strategies such as scaffolding, modelling, guided learning and explicit instruction. You will also study student-centred teaching strategies such as cooperative learning, facilitating pair and group work, and play-based learning. Based on international research, industry consultation and decades of experience, we think our teacher aide courses are ahead of the pack.

This page explores FTTA’s popular teacher aide courses with specific regard to students who live and work in South Australia. For general information such as course dates, course fees and units of competency, please visit our main course pages by clicking on the link below:

Techer aide in a classroom demonstrating skills and knowledge gained through training with FTTA.

Learn the skills and knowledge that will make you a high performing teacher aide such as play-based learning pictured above.

Fast Facts about Teacher Aide Courses in SA

Don’t have time to read this whole article but still want to know about teacher aide courses in SA? Here are 5 fast facts that you need to know before leaving:

  1. Ensure that you enrol in a teacher aide course in SA that teaches you dozens of teaching strategies and techniques such as explicit instruction.
  2. Online learning should be accompanied by webinars, pre-recorded videos, free short courses, e-books, and plenty of support when you need it.
  3. The Teacher Aide Combo is the most popular course saving $1500 (compared to enrolling in two courses) and boosts your resume.
  4. To find work in SA, you will need to first complete a nationally recognised teacher aide course such as the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support.
  5. The CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support is mainly for students who are learning English or are enrolled in a high school program.

Comparing Teacher Aide Courses in South Australia

Which teacher aide course should I enrol in? What is the difference between the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support and the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support? These are the questions that we get every day. To make life easier for you, the table below outlines the key differences so you can make your mind up about which course or program is best for you.

CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support
vs
CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support

Teacher Aide Courses in South Australia

Code CHC30213 CHC40213
Level Certificate III Certificate IV
Full title

CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support
Units 17 accredited units 17 accredited units
Electives 5 5
Nationally recognised Yes Yes
Class mode No No
RPL Yes Yes
Online mode Yes Yes
Clusters 5 main clusters 5 main clusters
Skill level Basic - intermediate Intermediate - advanced
Duration 600 hours (no experience with children) 600 hours (no experience with children)
Full cost $1920

$2160

Weekly payment $40 $40
Placement 100 hours in a local school 100 hours in a local school
Placement location An Australian school Usually with special needs
Job outcome Mainstream teacher aide or SSO Special need’s teacher aide or SSO
Job location Mainstream classroom/school Any position including specialist programs, special needs schools
Kindergarten Yes Yes
Pre-primary Yes Yes
Primary Yes Yes
High school Yes Yes
Senior school Sometimes Yes
Special need’s school Sometimes Yes
Disability school No Yes
Specialist program No Yes
Job prospects Depends on quality of training High (assuming have completed a high-quality course)
Job stability Medium-high (depends largely on quality of training) High (assuming have completed a high-quality course)
Independence Low to medium depending on quality of teacher aide course Medium to high (remarkably high if completed reputable teacher aide course)
Key role More general logistical and learning support General support as well as pedagogical decisions
Salary hour $26 - $30 $29 - $34
Salary PA $47,000 average $52,000 + estimated
Teaching strategies Scaffolding, modelling, one-on-one instruction, play based learning, other basic skills Basic and advanced: metacognitive skills, levels of instruction, explicit instruction, cooperative learning
Behaviour techniques Basic such as scanning and proximity Basic and more advanced such as motivational strategies
Knowledge Broad knowledge of teaching strategies, behaviour management, operational tasks, policies and procedures Knowledge of basic strategies and some advanced strategies related to working with disabilities and disorders
Enrolment age 16+ 18+
Graduate outcome Employ basic skills to effectively work as a teacher aide in the mainstream classroom environment under teacher direction. Effectively work with students with a range of learning and behaviour needs including students with disabilities and disorders.

The main difference between the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support and the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support is that the latter is slightly more advanced and concentrates on developing your skills to work with students with complex needs. This includes students with special needs, disabilities, disorders and comorbidities. A focus of the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support is learning to effectively support students with disabilities and disorders such as autism.

Don’t forget the Teacher Aide Combo which we have not included in the table above. The Teacher Aide Combo is simply a combination of the two nationally recognised teacher aide courses. It is a popular program due to its cost effectiveness, time saving and the additional certificate which gives you a leg up in the job market. To learn more about the Teacher Aide Combo we recommend reading the details about this program on our main course page here.

Learn more about teacher aide courses in SA

You can learn more about a specific teacher aide course by following any of the links below:

In addition, to learn even more about our best practice, research-based teacher aide courses, we recommend reading one or more of our detailed articles below. Written and published by our expert trainers, these articles are the most detailed of its type in Australia and are absolutely free:

Teacher Aide Courses in SA: Additional resources

Link to article

Description of article

18 things you should know about teacher aide courses

A detailed article covering a range of topics that we think you should read before enrolling in a teacher aide course in SA.

How to become a teacher aide

Based on decades of experience, we teach you the tried and tested steps to becoming a teacher aide in Australia.

What do teacher aides do?

Our take on what teacher aides do in South Australian schools including common questions, research, and various options for those who have completed a teacher aide course.

Qualifications and courses for teacher aides

Our hints and tips related to becoming a teacher aide including nationally recognised teacher aide courses, short courses, and other useful sources of information.

How much do teacher aides earn?

A state by state analysis of teacher aides’ pay, allowances, salary and working conditions.

Studying a teacher aide course online

A discussion of what it is like to study a teacher aide course online, whether this mode is for you, and what to expect in your online course from SA.

CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support: A guide

A detailed guide to everything that you ever wanted to know about studying the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support.

CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support: A guide

A detailed guide to everything that you ever wanted to know about the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support.

Gallery: studying and working as a teacher aide in South Australia

Teacher aide and group of students using small blocks to build shapes.

Above: Study a teacher aide course from SA and learn a range of best practice skills, strategies and techniques such as those pictured: play-based learning, games and quizzes, transferrable skills, teaching space, peer tutoring, think-alouds, teaching props, pair and group work, problem based learning and many others. Only with FTTA, the experts in teacher aide training in Australia, will you learn these and many other research-based, best practice skills. You can learn more about our teacher aide courses here:

Teacher aide supervising a group activity in a classroom.

Above: A high quality teacher aide course will help you to develop your pedagogical skills and knowledge. What does this mean? It means you learn how to support learning using research-based, best practice methods. Which strategies do you think the teacher aide in the image above is implementing? Scaffolding, modelling, explicit instruction, learning styles, differentiation, worked examples, rapport building, questioning techniques? Probably all of these!

Teacher aide utilising best practice skills in a classroom setting.

Above: Teacher aides in Australia can take on many roles including higher level responsibilities if they have well-developed pedagogical skills. How do you learn pedagogical skills? Study a best practice, research-based teacher aide course such as the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support with the pre-eminent provider of teacher aide training in Australia. Our students learn a large number of effective strategies such as think-alouds, coping strategies, formative and summative assessment, prediction and using cues, repeated reading, intervention strategies, remedial programs, micro-learning and many others.

Teacher assistant assisting young students with computer learning activity.

Above: After completing your teacher aide course in South Australia, you may find work in a range of schools including primary schools, high schools, senior colleges, or special need’s schools. Pictured above you can see a teacher aide supporting primary school students with their learning. She is implementing a range of best practice teaching and learning strategies such as scaffolding, modelling, questioning and feedback techniques. Enrol in the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support or the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support with FTTA and this could soon be you.

Picture of teacher aide during her school placement.

Above: Another happy graduate of FTTA’s best practice CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support. The picture above was taken in her classroom where she undertook her placement. In the final assessment for her research-based teacher aide course, she demonstrated a range of best practice strategies and techniques that helped students to develop their reading and writing skills.

This included active reading, writing to learn, critical literacies, multi-modal strategies, consolidation, post reading activities, re-reading, visualisation, and re-telling. While this may sound difficult now, completing a high-quality teacher aide course with FTTA will ensure that you too learn and master these skills in order to become an irreplaceable member of your school.

Teacher assistant graduate in a school classroom.

Above: After demonstrating best practice teaching and learning strategies, this student graduated from her CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support. Many of our graduates end up working in the school where they complete their 100-hour work placement. Students who enrol in our courses and study a range of best practice teaching strategies, behaviour management techniques, and logistical skills find work much easier and sooner.

A image of a teacher aide standing in front of school artwork.

Above: Nothing is more satisfying than working hard and achieving your goals! An FTTA student completes her CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support work placement in a primary school. In this picture you can see student work samples which were completed during her placement. You too could be part of this exciting and rewarding industry, helping to teach the next generation of leaders in South Australia – enrol with the leading provider of teacher aide training in SA – FTTA.

FTTA student teacher aide standing in a school reading corner.

Above: Teacher aides work in many and varied roles depending on the needs of the school and their students. An FTTA student pictured here, shows us the reading corner where she posts and records the day’s literacy activities such as reading, writing, spelling, grammar, and vocabulary activities. From there, the teacher aide works throughout the day to help students to develop their skills. This happens by employing industry best practice teaching and learning strategies from FTTA’s research-based teacher aide courses.

Think you can do what you have seen above? Interesting in becoming a teacher aide? Learn more about your preferred course by clicking on any of the links below:

Tips for choosing a teacher aide course and a provider in SA

  1. Do not use the course price as your only guide for selecting a provider. A cheap course may not give you sufficient skills to gain employment. Nonetheless, an expensive course might be over-priced. Our tip: Ask your provider for a list of techniques and strategies you will learn.
  2. We recommend enrolling in the Teacher Aide Combo or the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support, so you have the best chance in the job market. The CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support is really only for high school students these days.
  3. Enrol with a provider that runs classes – even if you don’t attend them. Why? Providers who are 100% online are not always the best option and tend to have very low completion rates.
  4. Ask your provider about whether they developed their own resources or purchase them. Stay away from any provider who simply purchases off-the-shelf materials – all leading providers for each field (aged care, business, education support etc.) develop their own resources and materials.
  5. After narrowing down your choice to a few providers, a good way to compare providers is to ask about support services – after all, support is what you are paying for! Do they do deliver webinars, face to face tutorials, visit you in the workplace, contact you regularly (monthly) via phone etc.? You may not think you need these services now – but you will – all students do.

Research-based, best practice teacher aide courses – what is that?

Teacher aide implementing techniques learnt during a course.

FTTA is the only provider in Australia delivering teacher aide courses such as the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support based on national and international research.

You may have noticed that we like to use the term ‘research-based’ and ‘best practice’ to describe our courses. So, what exactly does this mean? In simple terms, when we develop our courses, our experts comb through research from Australia and around the world to find what works. We look at what teachers are taught in universities, the skills that governments want their teachers to have and what the research says about teacher aides and their effectiveness. Here are just three examples:

From there, we develop and provide you with the best information and resources so you can become the most effective teacher aide possible. This means the services that you provide your students will be second to none – in many instances, you will know more teaching strategies than your teacher!

Practically speaking, this means that we base our teacher aide courses around a whole heap of best practice strategies, skills and techniques that are used by high performing teachers, teacher aides, schools, and governments around the world, including Australia. Depending on which teacher aide course you enrol in, the following strategies are likely to be part of your course:

  • Traditional, tried, and tested strategies such as scaffolding, modelling, rapport building, text-book learning, and goal setting.
  • More modern approaches such as cooperative learning, play-based learning, online learning, technology learning, blended learning, and cross-curriculum learning.
  • Advanced and lesser known strategies such as Cognitive Load theory, serial-position effects, the self-fulfilling prophecy, the Zone of Proximal Development and flipped learning.
  • Literacy strategies such as phonics, active reading, pre and post reading tasks, graphic organisers, using cues and prediction, spelling and grammar supports, modelling, guided and shared learning and critical literacies to name a few.
  • More generic skills that all high performing teachers and teacher aides have mastered such as motivational skills, questioning skills, feedback skills, reflective practice, and games.
  • Generic learning skills and life-long strategies such as study skills, transferrable skills, metacognitive skills, coping skills, mental scripting, and many others.
  • Physical and hands-on skills’ development strategies such as deliberate practice, over-learning, spaced learning, and massed practice.
  • Strategies to support students with special needs such as assistive technology, intervention and targeting approaches, remedial instruction, social stories, teaching aids and props, and differentiated instruction.
  • A range of student-centred strategies such as learning by failure, self-directed learning, pair and group work, debating, discussions and role plays.
  • A range of teacher-centred strategies such as team teaching, explicit instruction, and scaffolding.
  • Strategies and approaches to support the operational needs of the classroom such as methods for planning learning sequences, behaviour systems and using data for continual improvement.

Nowhere else will you study these and many other best practice skills, strategies, and techniques. Our students and graduates are the best in the business when it comes to supporting and progressing students’ learning, development, and behaviour. What does this mean? More stable employment, higher job satisfaction, confidence, and better student learning outcomes.

Our teacher aide courses, whether the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support or the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support, will teach you the same techniques and strategies taught to the world’s most effective educators. No two courses are the same – enrol with the professionals and your career won’t regret completing a best practice, research-based teacher aide course.

7 FAQs and detailed answers about teacher aide courses in SA

1. How do I become a teacher aides or school support officer in South Australia? 2. What do I need to know about teacher aide course in South Australia? 3. Are teacher aides also called School Support Officers? 4. Are your teacher aide courses difficult and how long do they take? 5. How much do teacher aides get paid or earn in South Australia? 6. Is it easy to find a job as a teacher aide in south Australia? 7. Should I enrol with FTTA or TAFE for a teacher aide course or SSO course in SA?

Teacher aide supporting a student and teacher in a classroom environment.

Teacher aides work in schools to support students’ learning, development, and behaviour. They also assist the teacher with logistical and operational tasks.

1. How do I become a teacher aides or school support officer in South Australia?

You will need to complete a nationally recognised qualification (preferably with FTTA of course!) such as the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support or the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support. You will also need to obtain the necessary clearances to work with children as well as prepare a professional resume. Finally, let schools know that you are looking to work whether that is full-time, casual, or part-time. To maximise your chances of finding employment, we recommend contacting as many schools as you can. This means 10-20 schools for most people, depending on your area.

The less willing you are to apply for work at certain schools or to particular school types, such as high schools or special needs, the less of a chance you have of finding work. Be flexible and open to new challenges; you may be surprised by how much you enjoy working in some of these schools if you give them a chance.

High schools and especially senior colleges can also be an option that is often overlooked or dismissed. If you have completed the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support, you are more than qualified to work in high school or special need’s schools. Bear in mind that you are not required to be the English or maths expert – that's the teacher's responsibility. At any rate, you will almost certainly be working with special need’s students (such as autism, behavioural and learning disorders), and hence the academic level is often well behind the rest of the class. Your job is to provide differentiated instruction (making adjustments to activities so the student can participate in the program – something you will learn in FTTA’s teacher aide courses).

2. What do I need to know about teacher aide course in South Australia?

If you are enrolling or considering enrolling in an SSO or teacher aide course in SA such as the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support or the more advanced CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support, you have 2 options. The first option is to enrol with a well know reputable provider such as FTTA. This is best for students who are looking for supported online or distance learning in SA. Our courses are suitable for adult learners who have busy lives and cannot afford to be in class on a regular basis.

If, however, you are a younger student such as in year 11 or 12, you might consider enrolling in the local TAFE. The TAFE system is geared towards supporting students who are younger or who are from rural areas. This is why we say that the TAFE system and FTTA are not in competition, at least as far as teacher aide courses are concerned - FTTA and TAFE serve two completely different markets.

It is important to also note that you should not always enrol with a provider that offers the cheapest course fee. This is because the overall cost to complete the course should also be considered. The overall cost includes the course fee plus additional costs such as textbooks, work placement fees, unit by unit fees, and most importantly your time. Ensure that at the very least, the following services are available:

  • The provider visits you in the workplace during your placement – an essential service that helps you to perfect your professional practice.
  • You can contact the trainer by phone and face to face as needed (without lengthy delays).
  • Live webinars are available for online students as well as accessible videos and pre-recorded lectures made by their trainers.
  • The provider teaches both the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support and the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support as this indicates a level of expertise.

If for instance, a trainer does not visit you in the workplace while you complete your placement, you will miss out on important advice that will help you grow and develop as an SSO or teacher aide. In fact, your work placement may be the last opportunity for a trainer to observe you and provide feedback on how to improve. This service is essential to your professional development and career; there may be some simple and easy ways that you can improve your skills. However, you will only learn of these potential improvements when a trainer visits you in the classroom.

3. Are teacher aides also called School Support Officers?

A picture of a school support officer working in a school.

SSO is the term used in SA. Pictured: FTTA student completes her placement for the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support. Congratulations!

Yes - school support officers and teacher aides are one and the same. School support officers or SSOs is the term used for teacher aides in South Australia. Most states in Australia each use a different term for teacher aides.

The reason we use teacher aides throughout these articles is because this is the most common term used across the world and by the general public who have not yet been employed as an SSO or teacher aide. For example, you may have not heard the term “education assistant” which is used in Western Australia, learning support officer used in New South Wales or integration aide used in Victoria.

Teacher aide is by far the most common term, is in no way meant to be offensive, and is a broad-based term referring to anyone who supports teachers and students in a school (excluding people who work in other areas such as administration). There are lots of different types of school support officers such as those who work in:

  • special needs,
  • mainstream,
  • literacy or remedial programs,
  • accelerated or advanced programs,
  • behavioural programs, or
  • Aboriginal and Indigenous programs.

4. Are your teacher aide courses difficult and how long do they take?

CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support
and the
CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support

This is a hard question to answer with absolute accuracy because it depends on the person. Our experience is that most students do not struggle with the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support or the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support. I need to stress the word 'most' - regardless of how easy or difficult the course may be, there will always be some students who will struggle for various reasons.

We find that students don't struggle with the course content but may struggle with keeping a high level of motivation, dedication and commitment. This is because other things in your life can interrupt your studies such as winning the lottery, hospital and medical issues, travel, family issues and commitments, renovations, work, and other things of that nature. Any of these interruptions and distractions can affect the time it takes to complete a program.

You can read examples from our teacher aide course on our sample resources page here. As you can see, most of our courses are practical and very relevant to working in a school as an SSO or teacher aide. You will find that the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support is rather basic in many respects – it covers all the simple yet effective strategies that you need to know to work in a mainstream classroom. The CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support specialises in special needs on the other hand. While not difficult, this course is more advanced than the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support and gives you a higher level of employability.

Generally, all our teacher aide courses are scheduled to take approximately 6 months to complete although this is a broad average. Some students will complete it in half that time while others will take twice as long. It ultimately depends on a range of factors such as how much you have studied in the past, your experience with children and how much time each week you are able to devote to your studies. To use an analogy - how long does it take to bake a cake? Some people take half an hour and others will take several hours.

5. How much do teacher aides get paid or earn in South Australia?

Teacher aides and school support officers (SSOs) in South Australia can expect to earn approximately $30 per hour by our estimations. The exact pay depends on your position which is often determined by whether you have completed a course such as the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support or the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support and learn a range of best practice skills (without which your contribution to student learning will be diminished).

A teacher aide working in a special needs classroom/school or with a student with special needs is normally paid a higher rate per hour/day. On the other hand, if you are working in a mainstream classroom such in year 1, year 2, year 3 and kindergarten, you will be paid at a slightly lower rate. At this level, teacher aides in South Australia earn around the $25-28 mark per hour.

Special needs teacher aides in South Australia are typically paid around the $30 mark due to the fact that they typically hold the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support and because work with special needs is often:

  • slightly more challenging,
  • incorporates additional responsibilities, and
  • requires more regular ongoing training.

You may have noticed some websites on the internet indicate that teacher aides are paid an average rate lower than $30. The calculation is based on the middle point between the lowest paid teacher aide and the highest paid – it is not an average but a mid-point of the published pay scales.

In reality however, the vast majority of teacher aides work in special need’s schools or with special need’s students to some capacity. They are therefore paid at a rate commensurate with that level of responsibility – towards to the top of the pay scales. Some teacher aides are paid additional allowances such as regional or remote loadings and first aid allowances.

6. Is it easy to find a job as a teacher aide in south Australia?

Many schools employ 10-20 teacher aides. This is the case in regional, rural and metro schools – all across South Australia and not just Adelaide. There are over 700 schools in South Australia according to the government. Based on these numbers alone, and the fact that most teacher aides are part-time, finding a teacher aide job in South Australia is more than possible.

Completing a best practice teacher aide course such as the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support or the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support boosts your chances of winning a position many times over.

Where do our teacher aides find work in South Australia? There are a number of different possibilities including the categories and examples of each below.

To find schools in your local area you can search the government’s online search application by clicking here. The Association of Independent Schools of South Australia (AISSA) and the government’s new recruitment site may also be useful.

For obvious reasons, we can't guarantee that you will find a position, but we think there are plenty of opportunities out there for the right person. You will need a nationally recognised qualification from a reputable provider, clearances (which your prover will assist with) and of course the right personality, demeanour and a love of working with children and people. This is after all, a people business.

To improve your chances of finding a teacher aide job, we recommend the following:

  • Do not limit your opportunities by ignoring high schools – they are not as intimidating as many believe.
  • Consider special need’s schools and centres – they repeatedly tell us they need staff and are overlooked by many job seekers.
  • Remember that initially you are looking for experience so don't be fussy about where you work – apply everywhere with a 40-minute drive (or further).
  • Be willing to travel early in your career even if just temporarily – a short 30-minute drive to work is nothing compared to the commute of many.
  • If you know anyone in the industry – get the word out that you are looking for work – it only takes one job!
  • Regardless of what everyone else wears – always dress professionally. A related side note here – turn your mobile phone off and keep it off while at work – always.
  • Remember this is your profession now – behave as such (no gossiping, arrive with 20 minutes to spare not 2 minutes before the bell, dress appropriately, be prepared and offer to do some extra work from home to help the teacher). Don’t base your level of professionalism on your colleagues’ behaviour.
  • Be willing to put in the extra hard yards – offer to do some resource preparation at home (for free) – if you become an integral part of the class and the teacher relies on you, there is a much higher chance that contracts will come your way in the future.

If you live in a regional or rural area, it may be a little more difficult to find immediate work as a teacher aides or school support officer due to the limited number of schools, positions, students who need support etc. In these cases, it can be even more important to network, ask around, do some voluntary work etc.

Finding work in high schools can be a little easier because a lot of teacher aides simply do not consider working in the high school environment as a viable option for them. High schools can have a 'bad' reputation especially in low socioeconomic areas often due to local media attention on things like violence in schools.

We believe this view is generally unfounded because the experience of our teacher aides tells a very different story. Being a former high school teacher myself, I highly recommend that you consider high schools as they are not as crazy or stressful as many believe. High schools are no more difficult, stressful, or challenging than working in a primary school. Remember that you will always be working under the direction of a qualified teacher who is there for any problems that may arise.

7. Should I enrol with FTTA or TAFE for a teacher aide course or SSO course in SA?

FTTA classroom where adult learners are studying.

FTTA students are mature-aged adult learners. TAFE on the other hand is typically geared towards high school students. Pictured: FTTA class.

As we have discussed earlier, your two main options are TAFE and FTTA. Private providers like FTTA specialise in teaching adult learners who need flexibility and structured, supported programs. For example, our students are typically very busy caring for children and earning a living; while study is important – it isn't the only important thing in our lives – all of these demands have to be balanced.

The TAFE system is geared towards younger students such as those in high school or those that have recently left high school. This is not to say that older students don't enrol in TAFE or younger students don't enrol with FTTA, but typically speaking TAFE is known for younger students and FTTA for mature aged students - the average age of an FTTA student is 37.

It is best to enrol with a provider that you feel comfortable with, that has a good reputation and who best meets your needs. It is also important to note that enrolling in a course because it is a little bit cheaper may mean that the course costs you a lot more overall – better support for example, means a quicker course and fewer delays, not to mention a better experience – the sooner you finish, the sooner you start earning!

Teacher aide courses in SA – what did we learn so far?

This article has been developed for those who are considering a career as a teacher aide in South Australia (what is commonly known as an SSOs or School Support Officers in SA).

As the go-to provider for teacher's aide courses such as the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support, we get asked these questions every day – now we happily provide this information to the world so you can make the best decision about the right course, provider and mode for you. Here is what we learnt in this article about teacher aide courses in South Australia:

  • To become an SSO or teacher aide in SA you will need to complete at least one teacher aide course (nationally recognised).
  • We recommend the Teacher Aide Combo first and foremost. For not much more time or cost than a single qualification, you could have two certificates on your resume while boosting your skills and confidence.
  • The CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support focuses on work with students with additional needs. This means students with disabilities, disorders and difficulties. It also includes remedial and intervention literacy and numeracy programs.
  • The CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support is the introductory teacher aide course that touches on additional needs as well as all of the fundamental teaching and learning strategies.
  • Your teacher aide course will teach you best practice skills and strategies (teaching strategies as well as behaviour strategies). Ensure your provider teaches a long list of skills such as modelling, scaffolding, active reading, learning styles, graphic organisers, and explicit instruction to name a few – learning these are critical to your career and your students’ success.
  • High schools are a viable possibility that is often overlooked by many recent graduates of our teacher aide courses in SA – this is not recommended as high schools have many employment opportunities and fewer applicants.
  • When choosing a teacher aide course provider in SA, look for one who visits you in the workplace as this is an essential service that improves your professional practice.
  • Also look for a provider who offers support services such as webinars and phone support as and when you need it so there are no delays – delays cost you job opportunities.
  • It is important to enrol with a provider who clusters their course. This means that multiple units are taught as if they were a single unit – saving you a heap of time (up to 30%). Even better but rarer, is a holistic approach which means the course is studied like a giant unit (saving about 50% of time). FTTA are the only provider of teacher aide courses who offer a holistic course structure (that we know of).
  • School support officers or SSOs is the official term used in South Australia particularly for teacher aides who work with students with special needs.
  • Teacher aides can expect to earn $30 per hour on average in SA which is about $1000 per week noting that teacher aides usually only work 32 hours per week.
  • After you have completed a teacher aide course and learnt industry best practice skills and knowledge, we recommend putting your name down for relief at 10-20 schools in your area – cast a wide net.
  • Private providers like FTTA specialise in teaching adult learners who need flexibility and structured, supported programs delivered in an adult-friendly environment.

Summary

This article has discussed a range of key topics, issues, and questions relevant to working as a teacher aide, teacher assistant, education assistant or school support officer (SSO) in Adelaide and throughout South Australia. We have covered the following broad topics:

  • How much teacher aides in SA get paid.
  • How you can find work as a teacher aide in SA.
  • How you can become an SSO or teacher aide in SA.
  • What you will learn in the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support.
  • What you will learn in the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support.
  • Everything you need to know about your work placement.
  • How to choose a teacher aide course provider in South Australia.

We think we have cover it all! If not however, do not be shy and give us a call.

Happy training!

About the author

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ADAM GREEN

Adam Green is an advisor to government, a registered teacher, an instructional designer and a #1 best selling author. He is completing a Doctor of Education and was previously head of department for one of the country’s largest SAER (students at educational risk) schools. Adam is managing director of FTTA, an accredited training provider for thousands of teacher aides every year.

Source: Teaching Skills and Strategies for the Modern Classroom: 100+ research-based strategies for both novice and experienced practitioners. Amazon #1 best seller in the category of Classroom Management.

Disclaimer: While every effort has been made to check his article for accuracy, information may be outdated, inaccurate or not relevant to you and your location/employer/contract. It is not intended as legal or professional advice. Users should seek expert advice such as by contacting the relevant education department, should make their own enquiries, and should not rely on any of the information provided.

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INTRODUCTORY COURSE

CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support

The introductory teacher aide course for anyone seeking to work as a support worker.

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SPECIAL NEED'S COURSE

CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support

Maximise your job prospects and skills with the highest level teacher aide course.

LEARN MORE

TEACHER AIDE COMBO

A streamlined program saving you time and money

Turbo charge your resume and save $1500 with our most popular teacher aide course.

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SAMPLE RESOURCES

Sample course resources and materials

View resources and materials from our research-based, best practice teacher aide courses.

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