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Key to the tables

P Prerequisite: Course(s) you must complete to a defined standard (or have waived) before your enrolment in another course is confirmed.

C Corequisite: Course(s) that must be completed in the same semester as another course, unless already passed or waived.

R Restriction: Similar courses, that cannot both be credited to the same qualification.

The Diploma for Education Support Workers

Qualification Regulations

Part I

These regulations are to be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas, and Graduate Certificates.

Part II


1. Admission to the Diploma for Education Support Workers requires that the candidate will meet the University admission requirements as specified.

Qualification Requirements

2. Candidates for the Diploma for Education Support Workers shall follow a flexible programme of study, which shall consist of courses totalling at least 120 credits, comprising:

(a) at least 75 credits at 100 level or above; and including:

(b) any compulsory courses;

(c) attending Contact Workshops, block courses, field trips, studios, workshops, tutorials, and laboratories as required.


3. The Diploma for Education Support Workers is awarded without an endorsement.

Completion Requirements

4. The timeframes for completion as outlined in the General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates will apply.

5. Candidates may be graduated when they meet the Admission, Qualification and Academic requirements within the prescribed timeframes; candidates who do not meet the requirements for graduation may, subject to the approval of Academic Board, be awarded a Certificate in Arts should they meet the relevant Qualification requirements.

Unsatisfactory Academic Progress

6. The general Unsatisfactory Academic Progress regulations will apply.

Transitional Provisions

7. Subject to the Maximum Time to Completion and Abandonment of Study provisions specified in the Part I regulations to the diploma, candidates who commenced study towards the Diploma for Education Support Workers prior to 01 January 2021 will be permitted to substitute completed courses as follows: 254102 and/or 254162 for the compulsory courses 264101 and/or 249382; 249284 for an elective course included in the schedule. These transitional arrangements expire on 31 December 2023.

Schedule for the Diploma for Education Support Workers

Compulsory courses (45 credits from)

249.285 Understanding Learners with Diverse Needs 15 credits

249.382 Teaching Strategies for Diverse Learners 15 credits

264.101 How People Learn 15 credits

Elective courses (75 credits from)

249.286 Equity and Diversity in Education 15 credits

249.287 Early Intervention 15 credits

249.384 Consultation and Collaboration in Inclusive Education 15 credits

254.162 Introduction to Literacy and Numeracy 15 credits

258.301 Language, Literacy and Cognitive Development 15 credits
P Any 200-level course from Education

264.102 Classroom Management 15 credits
R 187.004

269.232 Multicultural Education 15 credits

271.150 Holistic Approaches to Communication Disorders 15 credits

275.102 Human Development 15 credits
R 208.102, 209.102