So you want to become a teacher aide!

Before you put time, money and energy into becoming a teacher aide, here is some information to help you make this important career decision:

  • Teacher aide jobs are in high demand, as the hours and holidays are very attractive
  • Staff turnover is low, as teacher aides tend to stay in their jobs for a long time
  • Weekly earnings are significantly below the national average, and about half of the workforce are employed part-time
  • Currently you do not require a qualification to become a teacher aide, which means it is possible to gain employment before starting any studies, however most employers prefer that you have an Education Support qualification
  • Volunteering is a great way to get your foot in the door in a competitive job market
  • To become successful as a teacher aide, you need a genuine desire to make a difference in the lives of children and young people

Use the links below to find out more about the role of teacher aides in schools:

Resource Centre


Professional Development:

Learn more about the knowledge and skills teacher aides require, to support students in subject areas such as literacy, numeracy, behaviour and disability


Participate in live web events and hear about the real experiences of teacher aides first hand


Join MyPLC, our professional learning community for teacher aides, where members can share ideas, job opportunities and post stories.