As a well-recognised program in both government and non-government schools, this course will help you develop your understanding about children with disabilities, the range of their needs in school and community settings, and the practices and processes needed to support their development.
- gain knowledge and skills about inclusive learning practices for children with disabilities
- develop an understanding of a wide range of disabilities and their impact upon learning and social development
- increase your skills in assisting teachers to implement inclusive education practices
- enhance your knowledge and skillset in the employment roles of Integration and Teacher Aide positions
- further your understanding of the current state-wide curriculum and education sector initiatives.
This program will teach you current practices of working with children in schools and the latest approaches to learning. Whilst a formal qualification isn't yet compulsory to work in this field, your career will benefit from the wealth of knowledge and insights that the course presenters - Deakin's academic staff from the School of Education - can share with you.
Our presenters are highly experienced in the disability field and have worked as both teachers and school principals. They've been training Integration Aides for many years and cover course topics such as:
- attitudes towards disability
- specific kinds of disability
- impact of disabilities upon learning and social development
- childhood development and learning styles
- current initiatives in the state-wide curriculum (VELS)
- inclusive learning and teaching strategies
- ITC in the schooling context
- behaviour management strategies
- working in professional teams
- applying for Aide positions.
We focus on offering a friendly and supportive learning environment, which especially helps those who've not studied for a while to feel comfortable and relaxed.
Sessions involve lots of small group work and discussions, encouraging students to work cooperatively. Instead of exams and tests, assignments are used to gauge your understanding, with plenty of individual support offered to each student. Assignments are highly practical and we offer flexibility around submission dates.
Course dates 2017
Only two courses are being offered for 2017. One course at our Burwood Campus and the other course at Geelong Waterfront Campus.
Melbourne Burwood Campus
(Over six days)
9am - 4pm
February: 3 & 4, 10 & 11 and 17 & 18 (Fri and Sat)
Geelong Waterfront Campus
(Over six days)
9am - 4pm
Oct 23 & 24, Oct 30 & 31, Nov 6 & 7 (Mon and Tues) Classes will be held on Melbourne Cup Day
To register for this course, visit our online payment system, click on INTEGRATION AIDE 2017 and follow the prompts.
The total cost is $700 and payment via credit card is required upfront before the course begins, using our online payment system.
If you have any questions, please call Carmel Wilde on 03 5227 2197 (Mon and Tues only) or email us.
Refund and withdrawal
To be eligible for a full refund, we need to receive an application to withdraw from the course at least five working days before it begins. Participants withdrawing after the course has started will have to pay a $100 administration fee.
Cancellation of courses
Deakin maintains the right to cancel the course if minimum participation numbers aren't reached. In this case, participants will be notified before class begins and payments already made will be fully refunded.
No prerequisites are required for this course. Participants must attend all sessions unless exceptional circumstances are demonstrated. Practical assessment tasks are set with optional format presentation.
On completion of this course, participants will be awarded a Certificate of Education: Integration Aide.
Credit for Prior Learning
At the end of this professional learning course, Deakin students who are currently undertaking an undergraduate teaching program can elect to do a formal assessment task to accrue one credit point towards an elective unit. Please contact Student Services for further information.