Pathways for teacher aides


​​Working as a teacher aide in Queensland

We love our teacher aides! Teacher aides provide valuable teaching and learning support in our state schools. They work closely with teachers, developing and obtaining resources, setting up and operating equipment, supervising students and participating in learning activities under the direction of a teacher.

Some schools welcome the opportunity to employ people as teacher aides while they are studying to be teachers.

It’s a highly rewarding and appreciated role.

By providing a wide range of support to students, teacher aides gain an unparalleled insight into what it's like to be a teacher and so, may wish to do further study to become a teacher.

Teacher aide qualifications

You don’t need a formal qualification to gain employment as a teacher aide in Queensland state schools. Once employed you may be eligible to be paid at a higher level if you possess a relevant qualification.

If you’re looking for a study pathway to assist you with progressing in a career as a teacher aide or gaining higher level skills in order to be able to demonstrate a broad range of capabilities when applying for teacher aide roles you should consider Certificate III or IV or Diploma level courses in Education Support. Qualifications at these levels are endorsed for education support workers throughout Australia.

To enquire about courses you need to speak directly to a Registered Training Organisation (RTO). Visit the Australian Government Training website to find an RTO near you.

Upgrade your teacher aide qualification to become a teacher

After working as a teacher aide, you may be inspired to engage in further study to become a teacher.

The Certificate IV and Diploma of Education Support courses offered by TAFE Queensland and other Registered Training Organisations may be considered by Higher Education Institutions (u​niversity) when applying for credit once you have enrolled in an Initial Teacher Education program (e.g. Bachelor of Education). Each Higher Education Institution (university) will have their own process for assessing how you meet their entry requirements, as well as consideration of credit towards your degree, so you should contact the individual u​niversity to enquire.

Information about teaching qualifications and contact details for universities in Queensland can be found on the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC)​ website​.


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Last updated 21 October 2022