New Zealand Certificate in Education Support (Level 4)
This programme is gives you the skills to provide education support in class. As well as assisting students, support work can span across health or the social services sectors assisting disadvantaged young people or those with disabilities. You will graduate from this programme with the full range of skills that these support roles need.
About the programme
Do you want to see young people reach their potential and thrive?
Education Support workers work alongside teachers and other education professionals and are in high demand in New Zealand.
Roles include a Teacher Aide for students ranging from early childhood students up to, and including, tertiary students. Support work can span health or the social services sectors assisting disadvantaged young people or those with disabilities.
This programme is for those currently working in an education support role (who would like to upskill and gain a formal qualification recognising skills and experience) or those that would like to be. It has been designed to ensure you graduate with the full range of skills that these support roles demand.
Graduates will have the skills and knowledge for roles such as a Teacher Aide, ICT Assistant, Library Assistant Administrator in a school or early childhood settings or Community Support Worker in the community disability sector.
You'll complete 72 hours of work placements during this programme. You need to either be currently employed as an education support or be willing to work on placement (in a volunteer capacity) where you will be supervised as you assist young learners in their education setting.
What You Study
This programme is made up of four courses and includes 72 hours of work placement. These placements provide invaluable learning opportunities and will help you link theory with practice.
|Roles and Responsibilities
Examine the roles and responsibilities of an education support or teacher aide worker. Develop skills in professional communication, roles and relationships, as well as the ethical and legal responsibilities as they relate to the health and safety of children within a bicultural context of Aotearoa, New Zealand.
|Level 4, 10 credits
|Including All Learners: E Pā Ana Ki Kā Ᾱkoka Katoa
Develop reciprocal, responsive, and inclusive relationship-building strategies alongside children within the bicultural context of Aotearoa, New Zealand.
|Level 4, 10 credits
|Children’s Learning and Development: Te Akoraka Me Te Whanaketaka Tamariki
Explore how children learn and develop, focusing on the influence of culture and society on learning and development using theories relevant to the bicultural context of Aotearoa, New Zealand.
Supporting Children’s Learning: Tautoko I Te Tamariki
(Level 4, 10 credits)
Develop your skills in working alongside teachers to plan, implement and evaluate teaching and learning for children in the bicultural context of Aotearoa, New Zealand.
|Level 4, 10 credits
These placements provide invaluable learning opportunities and will help you to link theory with practice.
You’ll be required to engage in a range of education support and related activities in a nationally-recognised education setting under the guidance of your lecturers.
Examples of work-integrated activities include planning teaching and learning activities, as well as using strategies to engage and support young children in learning.
Further study options
You could move into our New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Social and Community Services) (Level 4) or the New Zealand Diploma in Enrolled Nursing (Level 5) if you want to continue your learning.
You'll be expected to spend about 30 hours a week studying and part-time learners about 15 hours. The programme will be delivered flexibly and a proportion of your learning will be work-based.
- For those under 20: NCEA Level 2 with passes in English/Te Reo Māori, or equivalent.
- For those 20 and over: No minimum academic requirements.
- In exceptional circumstances, an applicant under the age of 20 who does not meet the academic entry requirements may be granted entry to the programme where you supply evidence of your ability to succeed on the programme.
English Language requirements
If English is not your first language, you must provide:
- New Zealand University Entrance OR
- Overall Academic IELTS 5.5 with no individual band score lower than 5.0 (achieved in one test completed in the last two years), OR
- Acceptable alternative evidence of the required IELTS (see here for NZQA proficiency table and here for list of recognised proficiency tests).
If you need to improve your English Language skills, we offer a wide range of English programmes.
- You must provide evidence that you have access to an education setting to complete 72 hours of paid or voluntary work under the supervision of a registered teacher. Please note: applicants may be supported to locate a suitable setting but Otago Polytechnic does not undertake to provide placements for learners.
- For all applicants, we'll need to assess your suitability for working with children in the community and to ensure Otago Polytechnic meets the legislative requirements of the Children's Act 2014. In accordance with this Act, you'll be required to:
- provide two character references. These should be from people who are over 16 and in positions of trust or responsibility such as an employer, teacher, pastor, kaumatua or kuia. References from family, friends or work colleagues will not be accepted.
- provide a signed consent form which allows Otago Polytechnic to check your record of convictions on entry, during and prior to completing the programme.
- attend an informal interview to discuss your suitability for working with children in the community.
Please note: All applicants with any convictions may be declined entry depending on the severity, recency, age at offending and pattern of offending.
Where there are more applicants than places available, learners will be selected based on the order of their applications being received.
Want your existing skills recognised?
If you have extensive knowledge and skills due to practical experience in this area, please ask us about our recognition of prior learning process. You may have already gained credits towards this qualification and could achieve it in a shorter timeframe. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0800 762 786.
The tuition fees shown above are approximate only. There may be a slight fee increase per year once Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) rules and guidelines are applied. These fees also don’t include additional costs or living costs.
Student Services Fee
For most students, your tuition fee shown above includes a Student Services Fee – also known as the Student Levy. This compulsory fee covers your access to the student services we offer. This cost is tailored depending on how you're studying.
Domestic full-time students can apply for a student loan through Studylink.
Some support may be available for domestic part-time students.
Apply at the same time as you apply for your course (you can withdraw your application anytime).
Fees Free for domestic learners
If this is your first time doing tertiary study, or your first tertiary study was covered by the Targeted Training and Apprenticeship (TTAF) initiative, you may be able to get up to $12,000 of your fees covered for one year’s study or two years’ training.
All the details and criteria are on the Fees Free website and you can check whether you’re going to be able to access Fees Free by entering your National Student Number.
If you can access it, we’ll organise your fees with the Tertiary Education Commission when you’re enrolled to study with us. This funding doesn’t include additional costs or living costs.
A change for 2023 enrolments
When you apply to study with Otago Polytechnic in 2023, you will be enrolled with Te Pūkenga, the new national network of vocational and applied education in Aotearoa New Zealand. You will learn in the same way, in the same place, and with the same people. The great news is that this enables us to share skills and knowledge across a network of passionate education providers, to better help you succeed. Enrolling in programmes that start in 2023, means that you will graduate with a Te Pūkenga qualification.
We are part of Te Pūkenga
When you apply to study with Otago Polytechnic, you will be enrolled with Te Pūkenga, the new national network of vocational and applied education in Aotearoa New Zealand. You will learn in the same way, in the same place, and with the same people, and you will graduate with a Te Pūkenga qualification.
While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative only. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.