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Become An Assistant Teacher Pre-K

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Working As An Assistant Teacher Pre-K

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Thinking Creatively
  • $30,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Assistant Teacher Pre-K Do

Teacher assistants work under a teacher’s supervision to give students additional attention and instruction.

Duties

Teacher assistants typically do the following:

  • Reinforce lessons presented by teachers by reviewing material with students one-on-one or in small groups
  • Enforce school and class rules to help teach students proper behavior
  • Help teachers with recordkeeping, such as tracking attendance and calculating grades
  • Help teachers prepare for lessons by getting materials ready or setting up equipment, such as computers
  • Supervise students in class, between classes, during lunch and recess, and on field trips

Teacher assistants also are called teacher aides, instructional aides, paraprofessionals, education assistants, and paraeducators.

Teacher assistants work with or under the guidance of a licensed teacher. Generally, teachers introduce new material to students while teacher assistants help reinforce the lessons by working with individual students or small groups of students. For example, after the teacher presents a lesson, a teacher assistant may help a small group of students as they try to master the material.

Teachers may seek feedback from assistants to monitor students’ progress. Some teachers and teacher assistants meet regularly to discuss lesson plans and student development. Teacher assistants sometimes help teachers by grading tests and checking homework.

Some teacher assistants work only with special education students. Some of these students attend regular classes, and teacher assistants help them understand the material and adapt the information to their learning style. Teacher assistants may work with students who have more severe disabilities in separate classrooms. They help these students with basic needs, such as eating or personal hygiene. With young adults, they may help students with disabilities learn skills necessary for them to find a job or live independently after graduation.

Some teacher assistants work in specific locations in the school. For example, some work in computer laboratories, teaching students how to use computers and helping them use software. Others work as recess or lunchroom attendants, supervising students during these times of the day.

Although most teacher assistants work in elementary, middle, and high schools, others work in preschools and childcare centers. Often, one or two assistants work with a lead teacher to provide the individual attention that young children need. They help with educational activities. They also supervise the children at play and help with feeding and other basic care.

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How To Become An Assistant Teacher Pre-K

Teacher assistants typically need to have completed at least 2 years of college coursework.

Education

Most school districts require applicants to have completed at least 2 years of college coursework or have earned an associate’s degree. Teacher assistants in schools that have a Title 1 program (a federal program for schools with a large proportion of students from low-income households) must have at least a 2-year degree, 2 years of college, or pass a state or local assessment.

Associate’s degree programs for teacher assistants prepare the participants to develop educational materials, observe students, and understand the role of teachers and teaching assistants in the classroom.

Most states require instructional aides who work with special-needs students to pass a skills-based test.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Teacher assistants need to discuss students’ progress with teachers and parents, so they need to be able to communicate well.

Interpersonal skills. Teacher assistants interact with a variety of people, including teachers, students, parents, and administrators. They need to develop good working relationships with the people they work with.

Patience. Working with students of different abilities and backgrounds can be difficult. Teacher assistants must be patient with students who struggle with material.

Resourcefulness. To reinforce lessons, teacher assistants must explain information to students in a way that meets each student’s learning style. 

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Average Length of Employment
Group Teacher 3.9 years
Head Teacher 3.4 years
Pre-K Teacher 2.7 years
Preschool Teacher 2.7 years
Lead Pre-K Teacher 2.6 years
Teacher Associate 2.4 years
Child Care Teacher 2.3 years
Teacher Assistant 2.0 years
Day Care Teacher 2.0 years
Helper Teacher 1.5 years
Floater Teacher 1.3 years
Top Careers Before Assistant Teacher Pre-K
Teacher 10.4%
Cashier 9.9%
Internship 4.5%
Volunteer 4.2%
Top Careers After Assistant Teacher Pre-K
Teacher 11.7%
Lead Teacher 10.4%
Nanny 4.9%
Internship 3.7%
Cashier 3.5%
Tutor 2.7%
Director 2.7%

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Top Skills for An Assistant Teacher Pre-K

  1. Classroom Management
  2. Lesson Plans
  3. Appropriate Curriculum
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Directed classroom management, lesson planned & prepared materials and related activities.
  • Implemented developmentally appropriate curriculum, lesson plans and ongoing observation based on assessment to assess the developmental level of the children.
  • Created and implemented a developmentally appropriate curriculum Cashier
  • Assure compliance with State Department of Education (MSDE) Office of Child Care and local education agency requirements.
  • Assist Pre-Kindergarten Teacher with managing a structured and stimulating classroom with responsibility in all areas of teaching.

Assistant Teacher Pre-K Demographics

Gender

Female

80.0%

Unknown

11.9%

Male

8.1%
Ethnicity

White

59.7%

Black or African American

15.5%

Hispanic or Latino

14.8%

Asian

6.6%

Unknown

3.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

54.8%

French

19.4%

Italian

6.5%

Nepali

3.2%

German

3.2%

Japanese

3.2%

Braille

3.2%

Hindi

3.2%

Russian

3.2%
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Assistant Teacher Pre-K Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

12.8%

Ashford University

7.7%

Liberty University

7.7%

Georgia State University

6.4%

Kennesaw State University

5.8%

Grand Canyon University

5.8%

Mercer University

5.1%

Atlanta Technical College

4.5%

Walden University

4.5%

Chattahoochee Technical College

4.5%

Georgia Perimeter College

4.5%

Kaplan University

4.5%

Georgia Gwinnett College

4.5%

Lanier Technical College

3.2%

Pennsylvania State University

3.2%

Kean University

3.2%

American InterContinental University

3.2%

Southern New Hampshire University

3.2%

Georgia Southern University

3.2%

Southern Crescent Technical College

2.6%
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Majors

Early Childhood Education

25.1%

Elementary Education

9.8%

Education

9.4%

Psychology

9.0%

Human Development

7.8%

Business

6.2%

Special Education

4.6%

Liberal Arts

3.6%

Nursing

3.1%

Human Services

3.1%

Criminal Justice

2.3%

General Education, Specific Areas

2.1%

Health Care Administration

2.0%

School Counseling

1.8%

English

1.8%

Management

1.8%

Medical Assisting Services

1.8%

Interdisciplinary Studies

1.6%

General Studies

1.6%

Health Education

1.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

39.3%

Other

21.2%

Associate

17.2%

Masters

15.4%

Certificate

4.7%

Diploma

1.1%

Doctorate

0.6%

License

0.5%
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