Certificate in Learning Support - College of Education, Health and Human Development - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

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Teacher Aide and Education Support

Not open to new enrolments in 2017.

The Certificate in Learning Support (CertLS) provides knowledge and skills needed by those people involved in, or wishing to become involved in, supporting children's education. The CertLS covers the support of learning from early childhood through to early secondary school education and provides the skills needed to support children and young people with a range of learning and behavioural needs in both educational and community settings.

The CertLS is designed for:

  • People working, or wishing to work, as teacher-aides or community support workers supporting children with disabilities and young people in a variety of educational and community settings.
  • Parents who are assisting or seeking to assist teaching staff.

To study the certificate you must meet the entry requirements of the University.


The CertLS can be completed full time over one semester (Feb – June) or part time over a maximum of 3 years. Either option is available through distance learning only. This means you will need to have regular access to a computer with broadband internet in order to access your online course materials. 

The qualification is made up of four compulsory 15 point courses. For the full requirements see the Regulations for the Certificate in Learning Support (University Regulations website).


The CertLS comprises of four courses available in Semester one of each year only:

EDLS101 Working in Inclusive Settings
EDLS102 Introduction to Numeracy, Literacy and ICT in New Zealand Educational Settings
EDLS103 Supporting Learning and Behaviour Needs
EDLS104 Supporting Diverse Learners

Generally study time for a 15 point course equates to approximately 10 hours per week.

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Enrolments open in October each year and courses run Ferbuary to June. Please refer to our website for full enrolment details.

Career opportunities

Graduates of the Certificate in Learning Support could work as:

  • teacher aides in early childhood centres and primary, intermediate, area and secondary schools
  • parent helpers in schools and early childhood centres
  • community support workers in a range of education and community settings.


For more information email info@canterbury.ac.nz or freephone in NZ 0800 VARSITY (827 748).