Embrace your desire to support children in a classroom setting, and help them on their journey of growth and development. Teaching Assistant Courses will teach students how to foster nurturing, engaging and creative learning environments, and how to provide support towards oral, literacy and numeracy life skills. Additionally, students of these courses will look at supporting the behaviour of young people, supporting students with additional needs in the classroom, and how to contribute to the safety and health of students. Teaching Assistant Courses allow graduates to work in a range of classroom contexts including public schools, independent schools and community education environments.
As a teaching assistant, you can expect to seek employment in a school or child care centre setting, working closely with students, parents and teachers to provide holistic care, support and development in your classroom. Depending on the nature and setting of your role, your tasks may vary, but you may be expected to perform work like:
You’ll find teaching assistance enjoyable and stimulating if you:
According to the Australia Government’s Job Outlook, employment for teaching assistants has been growing steadily for the past decade, and is likely to grow very strongly over the next five years. Approximately 87,000 people employed in supporting roles in the education sector, indicating employment opportunities are available in all areas of Australia. Job Outlook predicts the industry will grow significantly over the next few years, projecting an estimated 50,000 new roles to open by 2020.
According to PayScale, a teacher’s aide can expect to earn between $23,000 and $50,000 per year, with an average salary of approximately $44,000. PayScale notes a positive relationship between experience and salary, with workers with between 10 and 15 years’ experience earning the highest wages, but the correlation isn’t dramatic and entry-level workers can expect to earn competitive salaries, averaging approximately $40,00 per year.
While no body exists specifically for aide workers in the education sector, workers can expect to be included in state and national bodies for members of the teaching profession. National bodies include the:
As teaching is legislated and organised at the state level, each state has its own professional teachers’ committee to advocate for its members’ interests: