Health, Education and Community Services

Top 3 skills you will achieve:

  • Providing learning support
  • Understanding special needs children
  • Classroom management

Diploma of Education Support

Assist the teaching staff in schools and provide care and supervision for children with special learning and physical needs from kindergarten to Year 12. You'll gain the skills to enhance the social, emotional, psychological, cognitive and language development of children.

Course Overview

Course Code:D317 (National ID: CHC51308) 
Careers:Education Assistant, Teacher's Aide 
Duration:Duration may be flexible. 
How:Fee for service 

International study available:No 
Online study available:No 
Uni pathway available:Yes 

About the course

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This Diploma builds on the Certificate IVs and gives you further skills and knowledge to assist the teaching staff in schools and provide care and supervision for children with special learning and physical needs from kindergarten to Year 12. Upon completion of this course you'll be able to foster and enhance the social, emotional, psychological, cognitive and language development of children and be able to implement programs and processes for the needs of your children.

A career in education support is fulfilling and will challenge you as you help to support children to develop confidence, new skills and independence. This course will provide you with a customised program in learning support. Check out our Education Support flyer for information about learning the necessary skills to work as an Education Assistant in kindergarten, pre-primary, primary or secondary school settings.

View our brochure to see the career pathways for our education support courses.

Where this course can lead you

Education Assistants are considered top priority roles due to their very large levels of employment, high forecast growth and wage pressures and clear and a clear and evident skills shortage. When you finish your studies at Central you'll be able to start your career in Education Support straight away in an industry that needs you.

Your Diploma of Education Support prepares you for roles such as:

  • Community Worker

  • Education Assistant

  • Teacher

Your Diploma of Education Support opens the door for further study at University with direct entry to one of WA's leading Universities with Central's Pathways to University program.

Skills you will gain from this course

Central's education support qualifications provides you with skills that are relevant to current industry trends and practices.

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Foster and enhance the social, emotional, psychological, cognitive and language development of children

  • Develop and implement procedures for young people to address their needs

  • Implement behaviour modification programs

  • Enhance the inclusion of children with special needs

Your Diploma of Education Support gives you the skills to begin an exciting career in education support or for further study at University.

Connected with industry

At Central we place an emphasis on quality training, that is why we ensure education support professionals are our lecturers. So you’ll be gaining the best experience possible from the people who have done exactly what you want to do. We have also assessed the software and practices this industry uses and replicated it within Central so when you leave, you'll be working on familiar technology and with familiar processes.

Central's focus on industry relevancy means practical course content geared towards getting you a career. It also means you have an opportunity to network with real professionals who could increase your chances of employment during or after study.

University Pathways

Central’s university pathway arrangements means your Diploma of Education Support will provide you with the opportunity for direct entry and an advanced standing in a course at Murdoch University, Curtin University, Edith Cowan University or University of Southern Queensland.


Murdoch University

Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary Teaching): 9 credit points


Bachelor of Education (Primary Teaching): 9 credit points


Curtin University

Bachelor of Education (Primary): 100 credit points

  • 3 x electives
  • 1 x core


Bachelor of Education (Secondary): 100 credit points

  • 2 x electives
  • 2 x core


University of Southern Queensland

Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)
Recognition of Prior Learning:

  • Up to 4 unspecified units
  • 1 specified unit (EDC1200 Self, Education and Society)

Bachelor of Education (Primary)
Recognition of Prior Learning:

  • Up to 7 unspecified units
  • 1 specified unit (EDC1200 Self, Education and Society)

Bachelor of Education (Secondary, Special Education, Technical and Vocational Education)
Recognition of Prior Learning:

  • Up to 1 unspecified unit
  • 1 specified unit (EDC1200 Self, Education and Society)

Find out more about distance education study at USQ


Edith Cowan University

Bachelor of Education (Primary)
Recognition of Prior Learning (60 credit points):

  • EDL1260 (Children's Growth, Development and Learning)
  • 3 x level 4 elective units 

Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Studies)
Recognition of Prior Learning (60 credit points):

  • ECS1265 (Young Children's Learning and Development)
  • 3 x level 4 elective units

Course Structure

Plan:D317 - CU1311 - PSC 
Description:Complete 13 units: 7 core and 6 elective units 

Available Groups


Description: It is recommended that learners complete 1 or more units.

NumberNational IDTitle
C7982PSPMNGT605BManage diversity
D8281HLTHIR403CWork effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers
D8283HLTHIR404DWork effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people


Description: Learner to complete minimum 3 additional elective units. Up to 2 units of competency packaged at the level of this qualification or higher in other relevant Training Packages or accredited courses where the details of those courses are available on TGA or other public listing

NumberNational IDTitle
D2443CHCEDS409ASupport students' literacy learning
D2468CHCEDS506AAssist in implementing education plans for students with disabilities
D2558CHCIC510AEstablish and implement plans for developing cooperative behaviour
D8614CHCYTH401BEngage respectfully with young people
WA871TAEDEL401APlan, organise and deliver group-based learning
WA872TAEDEL402APlan, organise and facilitate learning in the workplace
WC853CHCCS421BUndertake community sector work within own community


Description: Central Institute of Technology offer the units listed below. Please note: previously completed units may count towards this qualification. Please discuss with the teaching area to determine eligibility.

NumberNational IDTitle
D2352CHCCS506APromote and respond to workplace diversity
D2463CHCEDS501AIdentify and respond to student development needs
D2465CHCEDS503ASupport the development of literacy skills
D2630CHCORG428AReflect on and improve own professional practice
WC860CHCCS502CMaintain legal and ethical work practices
WC906CHCEDS502BFoster and support an effective learning environment
WC909CHCEDS514BSupport learning and implementation of responsible behaviour

Getting into this course

Entrance Requirements

In order to gain entry into this course you must complete the (D294) Certificate IV in Education Support.

The Application Process

This course is delivered as a fee for service. To find out more please contact us on 1300 300 822.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Do you have existing skills? Whether obtained through paid or voluntary work, training or other experiences, you may be able to fast track your study by applying for recognition of prior learning, often referred to as RPL.

Find out more here

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