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Certificate of Education Support – Special Needs


Course Outline and Topics

Course Overview

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.

Course Structure

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
  • Personal goals
  • Legal requirements
  • Disability services legislation
  • Principles and objectives
  • Disability legislation
  • Australian legislation principles (AAPs)
  • Access and equity principles
  • Personal values and attitudes
  • Appropriate language
  • Promote individuality
  • Appropriate terminology
  • Types of disabilities
  • General learning disabilities
  • Rights, interests and needs
  • Strategies to assist students
  • Exercise rights and independence
  • Empowering students
  • The right to learn
  • Vicious circle of low expectations
  • Positive expectations
  • Respecting students
  • Education adjustment program profile (EAPP)
  • Negotiated education plan (NEP)
  • Support requirements of students
  • Fading
  • Supporting communication
  • Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC)
  • Situations of risk
  • Situations posing risk to students
  • Preventing hazardous situations
  • Organisational policies
  • Unacceptable risk
  • Intermediate risk
  • Abuse
  • 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
  • Information collection
  • Students with additional needs
  • Respect, empathy and acceptance
  • Diversity and cultural difference
  • Child protection acts
  • Promote positive self-concept
  • Praise
  • Challenges
  • Self-image
  • Childhood development
  • Language, equipment and materials
  • Communication aids
  • Computer access aids
  • Educational learning aids
  • Mobility and transportation aids
  • Vision and reading aids
  • Simple task analysis
  • Individual education programs (IEP’)
  • Classroom programs
  • Small group / cooperative learning
  • Cross-curricular learning
  • Modification of general activities
  • Help in the classroom
  • Behaviour management strategies
  • Non-verbal communication
  • Redirection
  • 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
  • Required resources
  • Specialist resources
  • Ideas and experiences
  • Additional needs
  • Key factors with delivery
  • Multi-cultural issues
  • Cross-cultural interactions
  • Routine assessments
  • Key milestones and targets
  • Programs to meet developmental needs
  • Additional support services
  • Addressing non-participation
  • Operational arrangements
  • Agreement from child and carers
  • Signed written contract
  • Determine range of activities
  • Promote cross cultural activities
  • Effective communication
  • Communication styles that suit child
  • Appropriate language
  • 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
  • Evaluate self-esteem
  • Children’s confidence
  • Self-esteem model
  • Monitor progress and participation
  • Modify program


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;
  • 12 months’ access. Free extensions may be available upon application.
  • 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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Professional Development For:

  • Teacher Assistant – Learning Support
  • Special Needs Teacher
  • Classroom Support Officer
  • Learning Support Teacher
  • Best value option
  • Includes 12 months access


  • $150 deposit
  • $30/week
  • No credit checks required