It takes a special person to support gifted and special needs children. If you have patience and a compassionate nature, you’ll find a career in special needs education rewarding and challenging in equal measure.
The Certificate of Education Support – Special Needs will provide you with the knowledge and skills required to support learning for students with disabilities and additional needs in a classroom environment.
In this online education support course, you will learn how to facilitate student support and communicate effectively with students with a mix of abilities and needs. You will discover a range of learning aids, activities, programs and behaviour management strategies to contribute to the learning opportunities in the classroom.
On completion of this professional development course, you will have gained the skills and knowledge required to support the needs of gifted and special needs children.
Unit 1 - Support learning for students with disabilities in a classroom environment
Delivery of services
Key issues for disabilities
Meeting individual needs
Family carer issues
Grief and loss
Disability services legislation
Principles and objectives
Australian legislation principles (AAPs)
Access and equity principles
Personal values and attitudes
Types of disabilities
General learning disabilities
Rights, interests and needs
Strategies to assist students
Exercise rights and independence
The right to learn
Vicious circle of low expectations
Education adjustment program profile (EAPP)
Negotiated education plan (NEP)
Support requirements of students
Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC)
Situations of risk
Situations posing risk to students
Preventing hazardous situations
Reporting inappropriate behaviour
Personal safety of self and others
Store equipment safely
Appropriate learning environments
Health and safety legislation
Unit 2 - Support students with additional needs in the classroom environment
Roles and responsibilities
Co-operation with staff
Facilitate student support
Procedures and protocols
Students with additional needs
Respect, empathy and acceptance
Diversity and cultural difference
Child protection acts
Promote positive self-concept
Language, equipment and materials
Computer access aids
Educational learning aids
Mobility and transportation aids
Vision and reading aids
Simple task analysis
Individual education programs (IEP’)
Small group / cooperative learning
Modification of general activities
Help in the classroom
Behaviour management strategies
Personal safety (staff)
Appropriate learning environments
Contribute to learning opportunities
Encourage problems solving
Independence and social skills
Attitude and knowledge
Constructive advice and feedback
Suggestions to teachers
Unit 3 - Conduct a program for children and young people with special needs
Plan and prepare a program
Designing specific programs
Ideas and experiences
Key factors with delivery
Key milestones and targets
Programs to meet developmental needs
Additional support services
Agreement from child and carers
Signed written contract
Determine range of activities
Promote cross cultural activities
Communication styles that suit child
Feedback on session technique
Enlist specialist communication
Address problems with delivery
Conduct the program
Current accepted practices
Activities to suit abilities
Enhance emotional well-being
Provision and use of aids
Rules, codes and health and safety
Collection of equipment
Effectiveness of program
Monitor progress and participation
When you study with Australian Online Courses, you will be assessed using a competency-based training method.
Competency-based training focuses on the achievement of skills and knowledge against set criteria to meet industry-standard and is not benchmarked against other students’ work.
In this course, the assessment will be comprised of written assignments and exercises, which may include short answer questions, reports, essays, research projects and reflective tasks.
If you do not achieve a competency result on your first attempt, you have two more attempts to pass your assessment. So, you have three attempts in total to obtain a competency result.
In this way, you can complete your course in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
Why Choose Australian Online Courses?
Professional development that is widely recognised and respected;
Improve your employment opportunities;
Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
High-quality professional development programs written by industry experts;
No entry requirements;
All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
Unlimited tutor support;
Easy to understand course content;
Twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply);
Certificate of Attainment/Completion issued for your CV (hard copy provided); and
Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
How long will it take to complete this course?
The approximate study hours for this course is 45 hours. Twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply).
Can I purchase optional printed materials?
Yes! The cost for printed materials for this course is $50 per unit.Total cost for optional printed materials is: $150.00. Printed materials are optional and not required to complete the course. Everything you need to complete the course is provided online via our e-learning system.
When can I start this course?
You can start within 60 minutes during business hours when you enrol and pay in full with a credit card!
Credit card: Within 60 mins during business hours.
BPAY: Within 1-2 working days.
Internet Banking: Within 1-2 working days.
Cheque/Money Order: Upon receipt of mailed cheque.
Will I receive a certificate upon completion of this course?
Yes! You will receive a Certificate of Attainment upon successful completion of your assessment.
Do I need to attend classes or undertake any work placements?
No. All courses are delivered online via our e-learning system and there are no work placement requirements in this course.
What support can I expect from Australian Online Courses?
Unlimited tutor support is available throughout your studies via email during business hours Monday to Friday. Our Administrative team are available Monday to Friday via email, live chat and telephone.
I am an international student. Can I enrol into this course?
Yes! We accept enrolments from individuals both within Australia and internationally; location is no barrier to entry into our programs.