Associate Degree (Education Support) (42A)

This course is in teach-out and is not accepting new admissions

Overview  2022

Entry Requirements

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Minimum 2 Years, up to a maximum of 5 Years


Duration refers to the minimum and maximum amounts of time in which this course can be completed. It will be affected by whether you choose to study full or part time, noting that some programs are only available part time.


This course may not be available to international students. Please see the list of distance courses (i.e. online and taken outside Australia) that are offered to international students

In 2021 this course is replaced by 42B Associate Degree in Education Support.
The Associate Degree (Education Support) is a two-year course intended to provide an educational qualification for Teacher Aides/School Support Officers/Home Schooling parents.

Students undertaking the Associate Degree (Education Support) will graduate with a qualification informed by core theoretical knowledge.

At the core of the course is a graduate who is educated to:

  • Utilise a reasoned and critical perspective on aspects of education theory and practice
  • Have a capacity to operate inclusively in highly diverse contexts, e.g. educational systems
  • Have curricular and pedagogical competence which would enable the student to contribute effectively to educational and learning contexts
  • Be appropriately collaborative and team focussed on a community of learners
  • Have the capacity to be resilient learners who make evidence-based lifelong contributions to related educational fields, e.g. teacher aides, integration aides, school support officers.
  • 1 Graduates will exhibit broad theoretical and technical knowledge related to paraprofessional work in schools, specifically knowledge of: educational theory and practice the Australian curriculum the role of the paraprofessional in supporting student learning
  • 2 Graduates will demonstrate a broad range of skills pertinent to paraprofessional work in schools, specifically, a capacity to: operate ethically, inclusively and collaboratively in diverse, complex and at times unpredictable learning contexts communicate clearly, coherently and sensitively with students, colleagues, parents/carers use evidence to critically evaluate and reflect upon practice Collaborate effectively with community and industry stakeholders in order to build positive and effective partnerships.
  • 3 Graduates will demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills pertinent to paraprofessional work in schools, specifically, through: problem-solving, independently and collectively, to enable optimal learning outcomes for students planning for and supporting the delivery of a differentiated curriculum for individual learners
  • Career outcomes

    Graduates will be highly sought in education careers other than teaching in particular in a classroom setting as Integration Aides, Teacher Aides, and School Support Officers. Graduates will also be highly sought after in the industry training sector, and will be suited to communication-based jobs, public relations and other sectors that value graduates with well-developed problem-solving, communication and critical thinking skills.

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    Entry requirements

    Detailed admissions information and advice for all undergraduate courses, including comprehensive, course-level student profiles, is available from UTAS Admissions.

    Fees & scholarships

    Domestic students

    Options for this course

    This is a full-fee course, which means you’ll need to pay the full amount for your studies. Commonwealth Supported Places are not available in this course. However, there are still support options available for eligible students to help you manage the cost of studying this course.

    You may be able to fund all or part of your tuition fees by accessing a FEE-HELP loan from the Australian Government. FEE-HELP is a loan scheme that assists domestic full-fee students to pay for University, which is repaid through the Australian Tax System once you earn above a repayment threshold. This means you’ll only have to start repaying the loan once you start earning above a specific amount

    Our scholarships and prizes program also offers more than 400 scholarships across all areas of study. You can even apply for multiple scholarships in one easy application.

    Further information

    Detailed fee information for domestic students is available at Scholarships, fees and costs, including additional information in relation to the compulsory Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).


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