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Advanced Diploma of Education (Paraprofessional Education Worker)

Course Code: 10503NAT
Faculty: VET Human Services, Arts and Foundation Skills
Sector: VET
Award: Advanced Diploma
Year Offered: 2016
Full time equivalent: 3 years
Delivery location(s): On-campus – Batchelor and Desert People’s Centre, Alice Springs
Course Fees Applicable: Yes
RTO Identifier: 0383
This training program is subsidised by the Northern Territory Government as part of the Northern Territory Training Loan Scheme. For more information please visit this page


Course Objectives

This course is intended to provide participants with a range of knowledge, and skills to perform the following functions associated with paraprofessional education work:

  • provide leadership within and beyond the school to contribute to effective educational outcomes

    • lead and mentor education support workers
    • engage stakeholders in decision making processes to develop the goals, directions and processes of education for students
    • lead culturally competent and collaborative education teams to plan, team teach, monitor, report and evaluate student learning outcomes
    • provide targeted instruction to students in specific Key Learning areas
    • develop own and others’ professional knowledge, practice and engagement

Graduates of this course will typically find employment to undertake advanced skilled or paraprofessional work in a range of early childhood, primary, middle and/or senior education settings.

Paraprofessional education work is an emerging area of work and paraprofessional roles and occupational titles for those working in this area vary according to jurisdictional and workplace requirements.

National occupational titles may include:

  • Paraprofessional Education Worker

Specialist occupational titles may include:

  • Paraprofessional Education Worker:

    • workplace mentoring and coaching
    • community engagement and collaboration
    • education team leader
    • Indigenous education advisor
    • Indigenous language and culture programs
  • Paraprofessional Education Worker:
    • early childhood
    • primary school
    • middle school
    • homelands school
  • Senior Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander advisor
  • Senior Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander education leader

This course is designed for individuals with significant experience, skills and knowledge working in schools and who are seeking to further develop advanced skilled and specialised knowledge across a range of paraprofessional functions.

Paraprofessional Education Workers work under the broad direction of senior staff including principals, deputy principals, teaching principals and senior teachers.

Admission requirements

To gain entry into 10503NAT – Advanced Diploma of Education (Paraprofessional Education Worker) the course applicants must demonstrate:

  • learning, reading, writing, oral communication and numeracy skills at ACSF level 4 or above, and a minimum education level of year 11, or equivalent, and/or
  • successful completion of a Certificate IV in Education Support or other relevant qualifications, and/or
  • personal attributes that indicate the applicant can successfully undertake the course

Applicants will participate in a course entry assessment process which may involve an interview and/or written course entry assessment process. The core skills requirements of the assessment process should not exceed the requirements of the particular level of work in the industry. Individualised approaches to course entry assessment are recommended to ensure that entry requirements for individual units of competency are assessed and that applicants with the potential to successfully complete the course are not excluded.

Course Structure

To achieve an Advanced Diploma of Education (Paraprofessional Education Worker) a total of FOURTEEN (14) units must be completed. This comprises of EIGHT (8) core units of competency and SIX (6) elective units. The course is designed to be completed through a combination of off-the-job workshops and on-the-job tasks and activities.

One elective unit, EPWLIT605A, requires students to undertake a mandatory work placement of 120 hours in an education setting.

Units

Core – Complete all eight (8) units

CHCORG611C Lead and develop others in a community sector workplace 90
CHCORG627B Provide mentoring support to colleagues 60
PSPCOM502A Develop and implement community engagement strategies 50
CHCCS805B Undertake professional reflection 75
EPWCOM601A Communicate effectively in the workplace using complex spoken and written texts 120
EPWCOL602A Develop and facilitate culturally competent and collaborative education teams in schools 90
EPWPOL603A Lead strategic policy and practice change in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education 80
EPWTEC604A Lead and facilitate professional learning to develop technology capabilities in education team 100

 

Elective units – Choose six (6) electives from the list below

CHCECE023 Analyse information to inform learning 70
CHCECE024 Design and implement the curriculum to foster children’s learning and development 170
EPWLIT605A Lead and facilitate team planning, teaching and assessment of English language and literacy sequence 150
EPWMAT607A Lead and facilitate team planning, teaching and assessment of Mathematics learning 100
EPWHPE608A Lead an education team to develop and promote health and physical education programs 100
EPWREL609A Collaborate with education team to conduct religious education programs in Catholic schools 100
EPWCUL610A Lead a team to develop and implement Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander language and culture programs 100
AIELAN501A Maintain and protect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages 80
AIEEDN504A Use pedagogy for self-determination in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities 120

 

Recommended Study Plan

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 1. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use the table as a guide to create an individual study plan.

Teaching Period 1 & 2/2016
Subject theme 1 Policy, culture and practice
EPWCOL602A Develop and facilitate culturally competent and collaborative education teams in schools C
EPWPOL603A Lead strategic policy and practice change in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education C
Teaching Period 3 & 4/2016
Subject theme 2 Mentoring and leading
CHCORG627B Provide mentoring support to colleagues C
CHCORG611C Lead and develop others in a community sector workplace C
CHCCS805B Undertake professional reflection C
Teaching Period 1 & 2/2017
Subject theme 3
Communication and engagement
EPWTEC604A Lead and facilitate professional learning to develop technology capabilities in education team C
EPWCOM601A Communicate effectively in the workplace using complex spoken and written texts C
 PSPCOM502A Develop and implement community engagement strategies C

 

Choose three (3) of the following four (4) elective clusters

Teaching period 3 & 4/2017
Subject theme 4 Curriculum and learning
CHCECE023 Analyse information to inform learning E
CHCECE024 Design and implement the curriculum to foster children’s learning and development E

 

Teaching period 1 & 2/2018
Subject theme 5
Planning teaching and assessment 1
EPWLIT605A Lead and facilitate team planning, teaching and assessment of English language and literacy sequence (120 hours placement) E
EPWMAT607A Lead and facilitate team planning, teaching and assessment of Mathematics learning E

 

Teaching period 3 & 4/2018
Subject theme 6
Planning teaching and assessment 2
EPWHPE608A Lead an education team to develop and promote health and physical education programs E
EPWCUL610A Lead a team to develop and implement Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander language and culture programs E
EPWREL609A (optional alternative unit) Collaborate with education team to conduct religious education programs in Catholic schools E

 

Teaching period 3 & 4/2018
(Alternative option to Subject Theme 4, 5 or 6)
Subject theme 7
Own language, community and culture
AIELAN501A Maintain and protect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages E
AIEEDN504A Use pedagogy for self-determination in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities E
Legend
Core Unit C
Elective Unit E

Course Fees

Course fees are applicable to students commencing the Advanced Diploma of Education (Paraprofessional Education Worker). More information about course fees can be found here: VET Training Loan Scheme.pdf.

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