Professional Certificate of Education Support - PDD1001

Supporting students with additional learning needs in primary, secondary and special development schools.

This program will equip you with the skills and knowledge to support students who have additional learning needs to access the curriculum and will assist you to work in an Education Support role (Integration Aide / Teacher Aide position). The Professional Certificate of Education Support has been delivered for two decades by highly experienced educators. It is a well-recognised program in Victorian schools.

Topics covered

  • Historical and current perspectives on educating students with additional learning needs
  • The roles, responsibilities and work conditions of Education Support Staff - Integration Aides/Teacher Aides and an understanding of the process of seeking and applying for employment in schools
  • Understanding individual learning styles
  • Working as a member of a team with students, families and staff members
  • Understanding and supporting the learning needs of students with:
    • Intellectual disabilities
    • Learning disabilities
    • Autism Spectrum Disorder
    • Physical disabilities
    • Communication difficulties
    • Sensory impairment
    • Challenging behaviours
  • Teaching and Learning
    • English
    • Mathematics
  • Engaging students in learning; Stages of Learning
  • Curriculum and the development of Individual Learning Plans.

Online program:
Full fee: $1215 (GST free)
Concession fee: no concession fee available

On campus program:
Full fee: $1362 (GST free)
Concession fee: no concession fee available

You can enrol into this program at any time via the register now link -
payment in full is required.

There are no application deadlines - programs are closed when they are full.


There are no formal prerequisites for this course. However, it is essential that you must possess a satisfactory level of English written and communication skills to complete the assessment tasks. We also expect you to have basic computer skills to support your learning.

Please note that participants must be over 18 years of age on the start date of this program.


Assessment tasks consist of:

  • class participation - minimum class attendance required (you must attend 14 of the 16 topics)
  • journal
  • two written assignments.


On successful completion of the program, including assessment tasks, you will receive a Certificate of Completion from the Faculty of Education, Monash University.

Completion of course

In special circumstances approved on a case by case basis with appropriate evidence, students can be granted 12 months from the program start date to defer the completion of the program.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this program a Certificate III in Education Support?

Certificate III courses are offered by Vocational Education and Training (VET) providers such as TAFEs and Registered Training Organisations (RTOs). Monash University is not a VET provider. Our program is a stand-alone certificate.

Is this program accredited?

Accreditation normally refers to VET course accreditation. Monash University is not a VET provider, but a tertiary education provider.A formal qualification is not currently required to work in this field in Victoria. However, study in this area will greatly benefit your career prospects.

Is there a school placement in this program?

Mandatory school placement is not compulsory in the Professional Certificate of Education Support. Instead, participants are encouraged to seek voluntary work at their convenience.

Online 8 Tuesdays
10.00am - 12.00pm 
1.00pm - 3.00pm 
(Must attend two
sessions per day)

February 8, 15, 22

March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Additional courses will become available – To register your interest for a future course, please contact us via the enquire online button. Please also check this web page regularly for updates.

Online program

One 2-hour online class per day over 16 days OR two 2-hour online classes per day over 8 days.
Independent study: participants will also engage in readings and independent study throughout the program.

Class times vary - please refer to the dates and venues section for confirmation of class times and dates.

Please note: completion of additional individual online activities is also required – approximately 1 hour per topic.

On campus program

Six-hour class per day over eight days, 9.00am - 3.30pm
Independent study: Participants will also engage in readings and independent study throughout the program.

Online program

You will require internet access and a laptop, computer or other device that will enable you to join a virtual classroom and access an online learning portal. Your chosen device requires a camera, microphone and sound.

All programs

Your course materials will be provided via an online learning portal. You will require internet access and a laptop, computer or other device. No hardcopy materials are provided.