Certificate in Learning Support*


* Not open to new enrolments in 2017.

The Certificate in Learning Support (CertLS) covers the support of learning from early childhood through to early secondary school education. It enables graduates 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 you if:

  • you are interested in working as a teacher-aide or community support worker supporting children or young people with disabilities 
  • you are a parent who is assisting teachers or would like to do so.

Entry requirements

Admission to UC with University Entrance, or equivalent, is required to enrol for an undergraduate qualification. Students wishing to study towards the Certificate in Learning Support who are 20 years of age or older and who do not have University Entrance can gain admission to UC through the Adult Entry admission pathway.

For full entry requirements see the Regulations for the Certificate in Learning Support.

You are also required to meet UC’s English language requirements.

Qualification structure and duration

The Certificate in Learning Support is made up of four compulsory 15-point courses. It is only offered in Semester 1 (February to June) of each year. It can be completed full-time over one semester or part-time over a maximum of three years.

The Certificate in Learning Support is available through distance learning only. You will need to have regular access to a computer with broadband internet to access your online course materials.

Subjects and courses

The four compulsory courses are:

How to apply

Find out how to apply for undergraduate qualifications.

Career opportunities

Graduates of the Certificate in Learning Support can work in a number of roles such 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.

Find out more about what you can do with a degree from UC.

More information

For the full certificate requirements see the Regulations for the Certificate in Learning Support.

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

For assistance with planning your programme of study contact the Liaison Office or visit the Liaison Office’s course planning page.

Catherine Nath

Catherine Nath

'Early Childhood Education is the best thing you can do if you enjoy children...'