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Teacher's Aide

Assist classroom teachers with general classroom and non-teaching tasks.

What's it like to be a Teacher's Aide?

A Teacher’s Aide helps classroom teachers with non-teaching duties such as preparing resources and teaching materials, and performing general administrative classroom tasks.

Teacher's Aide

Tasks and duties

  • Support the classroom teacher by preparing teaching materials and resources, photocopying and filing lesson material in addition to distributing and collecting students’ work.
  • Organise and maintain teaching and learning resources, as well as ordering appropriate equipment as required.
  • Attend staff meetings and parent-teacher interviews as required.
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Teachers’ Aides are different from Assistant Teachers in that Aides are responsible for general classroom tasks, whereas Assistant Teachers are qualified to provide instructional support.

The role of the Teacher’s Aide is varied; in addition to providing classroom support and preparing resources, some Teacher’s Aides provide support to particular groups of students including those with specific learning needs, students with a disability and those with English as a second language.

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How to become a Teacher's Aide


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To work as a Teacher’s Aide in Australia, a qualification in education is desirable. This is typically a certificate-level qualification.

  1. Undertake a qualification within the field of education. The entry-level qualification is a Certificate III in Education Support (CHC30213). Alternatively, if you have experience working in an education support role, undertake a Certificate IV in Education Support (CHC40213).
  2. Consider joining Australian Teacher Aide, which is a national industry organisation aimed at developing the capacity of Teacher’s Aides in schools.
  3. There are many career progression opportunities for Teacher’s Aides including further study such as qualifications to become a primary or secondary teacher or special education teacher.

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What skills are employers looking for?

Employers want:

  • Accountability
  • First aid certification
  • Working with children check
  • Written skills
  • Interpersonal skills
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How do Teacher's Aides rate their role?

Latest reviews from 26 Teacher's Aides surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
4.6
Job satisfaction
4.7
Career progression opportunities
3.7
Job security
3.5
Pay / Salary
3.5
Variety of work
4.4

Latest reviews

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Nov 2018
Being a Teacher Aide is very rewarding.
Reviewer's Qualification
Certicate 3 in Education Supporr
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
The good things
I love being a teachers Aide. It's very rewarding. I love to see the children learn and grow. Everyday is so different. Children are so innocent and honest, they make me laugh a lot . It really is a...
The challenges
The wage is terrible.
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Nov 2018
I love working with the children and I'm excited to see their progress by the end of each term.
Reviewer's Qualification
Completed High School (Year 12)
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Special needs in primary school
The good things
Work hours are good if you have a young family because you finish work when your children do and school holidays you're home with them .The results that you achieve by the end of each year with childr...
The challenges
There are many challenges though out each day because you work with different children with different abilities . I describe it as opening a Kinder Surprise and each gift for that day is different so...
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Nov 2018
I absolutely love my job. I is a extremely rewarding job
Reviewer's Qualification
Nil
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Early learning
The good things
I believe that being a early learning teacher is a wonderful experience as children are our future. They are our future and it's their right and our responsibility to make sure that they receive the n...
The challenges
Some of the challenges of this role is we are limited as to what we can do to help children in need
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Nov 2018
Teacher aide jobs can be challenging but highly rewarding.
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Education
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Primary Teaching
The good things
I loved my role as a teachers aide so much, that I went to University and became a teacher. Both roles are highly rewarding and motivating to see children engage in their learning.
The challenges
Behavior issues can be trying and the pay could be increased
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Nov 2018
Teacher aide is a very tough job but it is extremely rewarding and I wouldn’t do anything else as the measure of job satisfaction is amazing. I wouldn’t change my job for anything...
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate II in Hospitality
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Special education
The good things
I love the look of achievement and satisfaction of students faces when they have finished the task that has been asked of them...
The challenges
Dealing with the complexity of behaviour issues presented each day
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Nov 2018
Teacher Aide work is rewarding
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate IV in Education Support
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Literacy support
The good things
The opportunity to have an impact on a young persons learning journey. Very rewarding when witnessing progression in a child’s learning. And you always get school holidays off, which is perfect for ...
The challenges
You must be able to switch between grades and various subjects easily as every classroom you enter is different.
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Nov 2018
Teacher aiding is a rewarding job but hard to find permanent work
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate 4
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Primary school
The good things
Helping and watching children learn
The challenges
There is only contract or casual work available. No permanent or full time positions available
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Nov 2018
Teacher Aide is so rewarding and exhausting however so worth the tiredness.
Reviewer's Qualification
diploma
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
teachers aide
The good things
This role is a great job for a single mum who needs to be there for her family . It is school hours, constant work hours and a rewarding role.
The challenges
You do tend to be sick a little in the first year as you do work with small people.
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Nov 2018
Teacher Aide is a rewarding job. I love it and i wouldn't want to do anything else.
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate III in Business Administration
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
The good things
I work in the special unit at our school and we have a range of children there from prep to year 12. My job is so rewarding watching the children achieve their goals. Watching them grow and become goo...
The challenges
The only this that I can say that is challenging is maybe some children have anger issues but you learn to deal with them. You have support from your supervisors and you get trained in how to deal wit...
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Nov 2018
Making a difference in a child’s life.
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate III in Education Support - Teachers Aide (Special)
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
ASD and ESL
The good things
Being a Teachers Aide is an amazing way to make a difference in the lives of children. It feels so good to know that I am helping these kids have a brighter future. Whether working with Autistic child...
The challenges
Challenges include dealing with language barriers, in the case of refugee children, and anxiety issues with autistic children. You do learn how to deal with these things, but it takes dedication and p...
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Working hours for Teacher's Aides

Overtime
Weekends
Shift work
Late nights
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