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Certificate of Education Support – Learning Difficulties


Course Outline and Topics

Course Overview

There are many students who have difficulties learning to read, write or do math for a variety of reasons – behavioural, emotional and development – and need attention beyond the regular scope of teaching instruction and curriculum.

The Certificate of Education Support – Learning Difficulties is an online professional development program that will provide you with the knowledge and skills required to support students with learning difficulties in all developmental domains.

You will learn how to identify the stages of physical, social and emotional development required for each phase of development in the curriculum and how to support the development of students using appropriate strategies, materials and resources. You will also gain an understanding of the cognitive and language development stages and discover a range of developmental issues that impact on learning.

On completion of this education support course you will have acquired the knowledge and skills required to deal with difficult behaviours, promote cooperative behaviour and contribute to the inclusion of all students in the classroom.

Course Structure

Unit 1 - Contribute to student education in all developmental domains

  • Stages of physical development
  • Strategies materials and resources
  • Physical development concerns
  • Developmental checklists
  • Motor skills disorders
  • Gross motor dysfunctions
  • Social and emotional development
  • Developmental stages
  • Co-operative behaviours
  • C R C approach
  • Temper tantrums
  • Difficult behaviours
  • External factors and triggers
  • Conduct disorder
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Cognitive and language development
  • Communication
  • Literacy
  • Problem solving
  • SODAS decision-making process
  • Task achievement
  • Cognitive levels
  • Specific learning difficulties
  • Dyslexia
  • Dyscalculia
  • Dyspraxia
  • Dysgraphia
  • Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
  • Visual Processing Disorders (VPDs)
  • Expressive language disorder
  • Learning styles and abilities
  • Visual learners
  • Auditory learners
  • Kinaesthetic learners
  • Multiple Intelligences
  • Special requirements
  • Individual Education Plans (IEPs)
  • Cultural or linguistic backgrounds
  • Educational programs
  • Diversity
  • Communication
  • Linguistic language programs
  • English as Second Language (ESL) programs
  • Learning preferences
  • Working with indigenous students

Unit 2 - Work with students in need of additional support

  • Identify specific learning needs of student
  • Additional learning needs
  • Motor skills disorder
  • Sensory integration dysfunction
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Duchenne muscular dystrophy
  • Gross motor dysfunctions
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
  • Conduct disorder
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Cognitive and language development
  • Dyslexia
  • Dyscalculia
  • Dyspraxia
  • Dysgraphia
  • Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
  • Visual Processing Disorders (VPDs)
  • Apraxia of speech
  • Expressive language disorder
  • Intellectual disability
  • Down syndrome
  • Barriers and potential barriers to learning
  • Development milestones
  • Development checklist
  • Team planning
  • Aboriginal / Torres Strait Islander education worker
  • Individual Education Programs / Plans (IEPs)
  • Developing an IEP
  • Ten step plan
  • Plan fundamentals
  • Behaviour support plan
  • Student expectations
  • Positive expectations
  • Increase access to student learning
  • Assemble required resources
  • Using assistive technologies
  • Computer access aids
  • Planned strategies
  • English as Second Language (ESL) programs
  • Key word signing
  • Practice new skills
  • Monitor student progress
  • Parent communication
  • Implementation of programs
  • Monitor equipment maintenance
  • Power access procedures


Written assignments and exercises, including short-answer questions, reports/essays and projects. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment.


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  • 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;
  • Unlimited enrolment with no expiry;
  • Certificate of Attainment/Completion issued for your CV (hard copy provided); and
  • Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.

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