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Teacher Aiding (Level 3)
Teacher Aiding (Level 3)

Teacher Aiding (Level 3)

New Zealand Certificate in Education Support and Care (Level 3)
Study the New Zealand Certificate in Education Support and Care (Teacher Aiding) (Level 3) and get into the education sector. Develop the skills and knowledge to become a sought after Teacher Aide or Support Worker in early childhood settings, disability sector or schools.
Key Details
SIT2LRN Distance Learning

12 weeks full-time

Up to two years part-time

Intakes are 12 weeks long

Study Modes:
Distance Learning

2022 Intake 1: 24 January to 15 April - Applications close 12 January 2022

2022 Intake 2: 7 March to 27 May - Applications close 23 February 2022

2022 Intake 3: 2 May to 22 July - Applications close 20 April 2022

2022 Intake 4: 13 June to 2 September - Applications close 1 June 2022

2022 Intake 5: 8 August to 28 October - Applications close 27 July 2022

2022 Intake 6: 19 September to 9 December - Applications close 7 September 2022


This programme is available for free under the Government's Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF).

International Fees can be found here.

Develop the skills and knowledge to become a sought after Teacher Aide or Support Worker in early childhood settings, disability sector or schools.
Graduates will be able:
  • To gain skills and knowledge that are directly relevant to working or further training in the education support and care sector
  • To provide a base for learners to progress to more advanced studies in education support and care
  • To provide education support and care programmes of study that will enhance the knowledge base, skills and professionalism of those working or intending to work in the sector
  • To produce dedicated, professional practitioners who hold a qualification which is well regarded by employers in the sector

ESC100  Communication skills in an education support and care context (5 credits)

ESC101 Inclusive practice in an education support and care context (5 credits)

ESC102 Human development and learning in education and community contexts (5 credits)

ESC103  Educational support and care practicum (25 credits) 

Graduates of this qualification will have the skills and knowledge for roles such as:

  • Education support worker, teacher aide, ICT assistant, librarian assistant, administrator assistant in school and early childhood settings
  • Community support worker in the disability sector
  • Out of school care worker in school holiday programmes and after school care


All applicants wishing to undertake this programme of study are required to submit the following with their application:

  • Evidence of having secured a practicum venue where they can participate in supporting students while under supervision;(Applicants need a minimum of 100 hours in class teacher aiding for the practicum paper ESC103. This can be spread out during the intake to suit the practicum venue and students studies);
  • Evidence of having completed a safety check as required to comply with the requirements of the Vulnerable Children Act 2014.

School Leavers
Applicants should be a minimum of 16 years of age, and have attained NCEA Level 2.

Mature Applicants
Applicants over the age of 20 years at time of enrolment will be considered where they can demonstrate the ability to succeed in a programme. Examples of demonstration of ability to succeed are the provision of evidence of successful completion of a programme of study at level 2 or above in a related discipline and/or employment in the related sector for one or more years. They may be admitted subject to programme regulations approved by the Head of Faculty in consultation with the Programme Manager as appropriate.  Personal commitment and a belief in one’s own ability to succeed are important personal traits and will always be taken into consideration during the selection process.

English Language Requirements

Applicants, whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English, are required to provide evidence of having achieved one of the following

NCEA Level 3 with University Entrance, or

an International Baccalaureate Diploma or Cambridge A- level qualification for which the teaching and assessment was conducted in English; or

Cambridge Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA),or Trinity College London Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CertTESOL);or

Successful completion of all primary education (being the equivalent of New Zealand primary school years 1 to 8) and at least three years of secondary education (being the equivalent of three years from New Zealand secondary school years 9 to 13) at schools in either New Zealand,,Australia,Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States one of the countries listed in Rule 18.5 where the student was taught using English as the language of instruction; or

Successful completion of at least five years of secondary education (being the equivalent of New Zealand secondary school years 9 to 13) at schools in either New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States where the student was taught using English as the language of instruction; or

Successful completion of a Bachelor's Degree, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Bachelor Honours degree, Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, Masters' Degree or Doctoral Degree, the language of instruction of which must be in English and which must be from a tertiary education provider from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom or the United States or

Successful completion of one of the following internationally recognised proficiency tests listed below to the level required of the programme of study and with all scores achieved in a single test during the two years preceding the proposed date of enrolment

IELTS test - General or Academic score of 5 with no band score lower than 5
TOEFL Paper based test (pBT) - Score of 500 (with an essay score of 4 TWE)
TOEFL Internet based test (iBT) - Score of 35 (with a writing score of 14)
Cambridge English Examination - B2 First or B2 First for schools with a score of 154. No less than 154 in each skill.
OET - Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests
NZCEL - a) Expiring Level b) Current: a) Level 4 (Academic) b) Level 4 (Academic)
Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE (Academic) score of 36 with no band score lower than 36
Language Cert - B1 Achiever IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than PASS in each skill
Trinity ISE - ISE I with no less than distinction in any band

* New versions of some NZCEL qualifications, and in some cases new qualifications, were published on 13 June 2017. These are intended to replace pre-existing versions and qualifications, which have been given expiring status until discontinued on 31 December 2019. (a) denotes expiring (b) denotes current

Suggested study path / combinations

Full time study

Full time study is completing all 40 credits in one intake. However, due to the intensive workload of the programme we do not recommend that students enrol in full time study. Full time acceptance into the programme is at the Programme Manager’s discretion.

Part time study

Part time study is recommended for this qualification.

The number of credits selected per intake should depend on work, family and other commitments.

Students must complete papers in the order that they are listed.

The following part time study paths are guides only; students may do fewer or more papers, time permitting:

Literacy and numeracy assessment

It is a Tertiary Education Commission requirement that all students enrolled in programmes at Levels 1, 2, or 3 must complete online literacy and numeracy assessments at the beginning of their studies. This is a Level 3 programme, therefore you will be required to complete at least one literacy, and one numeracy, assessment as part of your studies. You will receive information about the assessments, and how to complete them, during the first two weeks of your first intake.

Additional information

  • As a guideline, one credit equates to approximately 10 hours study within an intake period.  Click HERE to download a Study Load Calculator (spreadsheet).
  • All papers selected within a particular intake must be completed within that intake unless a transfer is requested (conditions apply; see FAQs).
  • Online enrolments are on a year by year basis and students are welcome to apply for multiple intakes in one enrolment.  Further enrolment is the responsibility of individual students.  There is no automatic enrolment rollover. 

Cross Credits

Students who have previously completed any of the above units at SIT or another learning institution can apply to have the unit(s) cross credited to their record of learning at SIT. This is done by filling in a cross credit application form and attaching proof of achievement. If you wish to apply for a cross credit, please attach the completed form to your application. Forms can be found at:

Please use the following checklist to ensure that all relevant information and documentation has been included. Remember, your application will be assessed based on the information that you provide us with.  Processing of your application will be delayed if we need to come back to you for missing information.

  • I have read all sections of the Programme Information on this page
  • I have read the SIT2LRN Frequently Asked Questionssection
  • I have met all admission criteria for the programme (found under Application Criteria)
  • I have met all the criteria for individual papers (found under Course Content).
  • I have selected the paper(s) I wish to study
  • I have selected intake(s) (I have selected alternate intakes rather than overlapping intakes)
  • I know my intended payment method
  • If my organisation/company is paying for my studies, I have a completed and approved purchase order to attach to my online application.  I am aware that should my organisation or company not pay my fees, these will become my responsibility.
  • I have completed and attached a cross credit form (if applying for a cross credit)
  • New students – I have provided an active NSN in the name I am enrolling in or I have verified ID and will attach it to my online application.
  • New students – I will attach academic documentation (NZQA record of achievement/academic transcripts/certificates).  These do not need to be verified. (If you do not have any academic documentation to support your application, please attach a comprehensive CV outlining your education and work experience).
  • I confirm that I have agreement from a primary school to give me the employment hours (paid or unpaid) necessary to meet assignment requirements.
  • I understand that this is a Level 3 programme therefore I will be required, by the Tertiary Education Commission, to complete at least one literacy and one numeracy assessment as part of my studies
  • I have computer access,  an Internet connection and access to software to create electronic documents e.g. Microsoft Word or Open Office

What is the Zero Fees Scheme?

The Zero Fees Scheme means we do not charge tuition fees. However, there is a Student Direct Material Cost that you need to pay and a non-refundable administration fee. The administration fee is for processing your application and the Student Direct Material Cost gives you secure access to Blackboard® our online learning environment and to student support services throughout your study with us.

Who qualifies for the Zero Fees Scheme?

  • A New Zealand citizen completing the full qualification or 
  • An Australian citizen/New Zealand Resident or Permanent Resident who will be residing in New Zealand for the duration of your enrolment.

Instructions to help you with your application:

  1. Read the Programme Information on this page and the SIT2LRN Frequently Asked Questions and find out if you meet the application criteria for both the programme and the unit/s you wish to study.
  2. Check your eligibility for Zero Fees. If you are not eligible to study under this scheme, please call 
    0800 748 257 for further options.
  3. Complete your online enrolment checking that:

If you are a new student …

  • Provide an active NSN number in the name you are enrolling in (contact NZQA on 0800 697 296 to get your NSN number if you do not know it);
  • And you do not have an active NSN, then attach a copy of your verified ID in the name you are enrolling in.
  • And you are a Resident or Permanent resident of NZ, please provide a copy of proof of residency;
  • Attach all academic documentation to support your application including copies of any certificates of courses you have undertaken / NZQA record of achievement / transcripts / CV;

Attach supporting documents as required and outlined on the previous page.

  1. Please check that you have included all the required information and supporting documents.  Your application will be assessed based on the information that you provide.  Missing information will delay the processing of your application.
  2. Please scan and email all additional documentation to

What happens next?

  • You will receive an automatic email confirmation when we receive your online application. Processing may take up to three weeks. However, we will get in touch with you sooner if we require further documentation.
  • Once your application has been accepted you will be sent a conditional offer of acceptance with an invoice and instructions on how to make payment.
  • Once we have received your payment (or if you have opted to pay by Credit Card, Student Loan or Purchase Order) you will be sent an Enrolment Confirmation Letter and Important Information Booklet. Closer to the start of the intake you will receive a Time To Get Started Letter which will give you all the necessary information, tools and guidance to start your study with us.

To satisfactorily complete the teacher aiding programme of study leading to the New Zealand Certificate in Education Support and Care (Level 3), and be awarded this qualification the student must successfully achieve:

  • A minimum of 40 credits in accordance with the Programme Schedule for the New Zealand Certificate in Education Support and Care (Level 3)
  • The student will normally be expected to complete the teacher aiding programme of study leading to the New Zealand Certificate in Education Support and Care (Level 3) full-time over three months or part-time over two years


Please Note: Students failing to engage in study as per programme requirements may forfeit Zero Fees entitlement

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