Education Support Professional Certificate

Make a positive impact in the lives of children with disabilities by working as an Educational Support Officer (Integration Aide or Teacher Aide). 

Increasingly, more children with disabilities are enrolled in local schools and Educational Support staff (Integration and Teacher Aides) continue to play an important role in inclusive education.

Not only will you gain invaluable knowledge, but you’ll also develop a strong skillset to help children with disabilities to learn and develop.

Who’s this course for?

If you'd like to increase your understanding of, and involvement with, children with disabilities then this course could be for you. 

No entry requirements are needed so we encourage anyone that's interested to apply. Our students come from a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences including those who are: 

  • already working as Integration or Teacher Aides
  • parents or care givers of children with disabilities
  • looking to change careers 
  • students out of school who'd like to gain further skills and learn more about education 
  • ex- teachers who have out-of-date qualifications but who'd like to return to working with children
  • parents who've been raising children and would like to re-enter the workforce in a job that offers flexible working hours.


As a well-recognised program in both government and non-government schools, this course will help you develop your understanding about children with additional needs and the practices and processes which may support their development. This program also builds knowledge and skills by working with teachers and students in a collaborative student support approach to improve students outcomes.

Specifically, you'll:

  • 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.

Course topics

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 2020

Monday 9th November
Tuesday 10th November
Thursday 19th November
Friday 20th November
Monday 23rd November
Tuesday 24th November

Registration 2020

To register for this course, please use the registration link.

The total cost is $695 and payment via credit card is required upfront before the course begins, using our online payment system.

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Course fees

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 Education Support Professional Certificate

Recognition of 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. The cost is $250. Please contact Student Services for further information.