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Working As a Bilingual Teacher Assistant

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Thinking Creatively
  • $29,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Bilingual Teacher Assistant 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 A Bilingual Teacher Assistant

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
Bilingual Teacher 4.6 years
Teacher 3.9 years
Teacher Associate 2.4 years
Teacher Assistant 2.0 years
Teacher Aide 1.9 years
Helper Teacher 1.5 years
Teacher Internship 0.8 years
Top Careers Before Bilingual Teacher Assistant
Cashier 8.7%
Teacher 7.5%
Tutor 5.9%
Internship 4.7%
Volunteer 3.3%
Secretary 3.3%
Assistant 2.4%
Top Careers After Bilingual Teacher Assistant
Teacher 10.5%
Cashier 5.6%
Tutor 4.3%
Internship 4.1%
Assistant 3.3%
Volunteer 3.1%

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Average Yearly Salary
$29,000
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$25,000
Min 10%
$29,000
Median 50%
$29,000
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$29,000
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$29,000
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$29,000
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$29,000
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Median 50%
$35,000
Max 90%
Highest Paying City
Tracy, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
2.9 years
How much does a Bilingual Teacher Assistant make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Bilingual Teacher Assistant in the United States is $29,935 per year or $14 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $25,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $35,000.

Top Skills for A Bilingual Teacher Assistant

  1. Small Groups
  2. Extra Assistance
  3. Mathematics
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Tutored and assisted children individually, and small groups to help them master assignments and reinforce learning concepts presented by teachers.
  • Provide extra assistance to students with special needs, such as non-English-speaking.
  • Educated 21 fourth grade pupils at the Comprehensive Grammar school in the Computer Field, Social Studies, Mathematics and English.
  • Assist teachers in developing lesson plans design/layout daily schedule based upon monthly program focus designated by the educational coordinator.
  • Incorporate effective classroom management skills* Lead small group activities* Assessed students' progress

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Top 10 Best States for Bilingual Teacher Assistants

  1. Alaska
  2. Nevada
  3. Connecticut
  4. California
  5. Minnesota
  6. Rhode Island
  7. Massachusetts
  8. New York
  9. Ohio
  10. Montana
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Bilingual Teacher Assistant Demographics

Gender

Female

71.4%

Male

14.7%

Unknown

13.8%
Ethnicity

Hispanic or Latino

47.1%

White

36.4%

Asian

7.3%

Black or African American

6.5%

Unknown

2.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

83.9%

French

4.8%

Portuguese

3.2%

Italian

2.0%

Japanese

1.2%

Russian

0.4%

Chinese

0.4%

German

0.4%

Persian

0.4%

Cantonese

0.4%

Catalan

0.4%

Dari

0.4%

Carrier

0.4%

Urdu

0.4%

Korean

0.4%

Mandarin

0.4%

Arabic

0.4%
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Bilingual Teacher Assistant Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

8.7%

Northeastern Illinois University

7.6%

Ashford University

6.5%

Santa Monica College

6.5%

National Louis University

6.5%

Liberty University

5.4%

California State University - Long Beach

5.4%

University of Oklahoma

5.4%

Eastfield College

4.3%

San Francisco State University

4.3%

Kean University

4.3%

Temple University

4.3%

DePaul University

4.3%

Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico

4.3%

California State University - Los Angeles

4.3%

Indiana University Bloomington

4.3%

Brookhaven College

3.3%

University of La Verne

3.3%

Tulsa Community College

3.3%

Community College of Philadelphia

3.3%
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Majors

Business

15.5%

Education

9.0%

Elementary Education

7.2%

Psychology

7.0%

Early Childhood Education

6.3%

Liberal Arts

6.1%

Human Development

5.0%

Nursing

4.2%

English

4.2%

Health Care Administration

3.9%

Communication

3.5%

Linguistics

3.5%

Bilingual Education

3.5%

General Studies

3.3%

Accounting

3.3%

Criminal Justice

3.1%

General Education, Specific Areas

3.1%

Special Education

3.1%

Spanish Language

2.6%

Social Work

2.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

33.0%

Other

26.9%

Masters

15.7%

Associate

12.9%

Certificate

6.9%

Diploma

3.3%

Doctorate

0.8%

License

0.6%
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