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Working As An Education Technician

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Thinking Creatively
  • $39,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Education Technician 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 Education Technician

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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Education Technician Demographics

Gender

Female

62.2%

Male

29.0%

Unknown

8.8%
Ethnicity

White

68.2%

Hispanic or Latino

12.6%

Black or African American

9.3%

Asian

6.6%

Unknown

3.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

47.0%

French

10.8%

German

7.2%

Japanese

6.0%

Italian

4.8%

Arabic

4.8%

Korean

2.4%

Croatian

2.4%

Vietnamese

1.2%

Dutch

1.2%

Hindi

1.2%

Somali

1.2%

Mandarin

1.2%

Bosnian

1.2%

Bengali

1.2%

Thai

1.2%

Navajo

1.2%

Greek

1.2%

Tagalog

1.2%

Portuguese

1.2%
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Education Technician Education

Schools

University of Maine

20.6%

University of Southern Maine

16.3%

University of Phoenix

8.2%

University of Maine at Farmington

7.2%

Ashford University

5.6%

University of Maine at Augusta

5.3%

University of New England

4.8%

University of Maryland - University College

3.4%

San Diego State University

3.2%

Liberty University

3.2%

Kaplan University

3.1%

National University

2.7%

Capella University

2.6%

Walden University

2.4%

Kennebec Valley Community College

2.3%

Troy University

2.1%

Wayne State University

1.9%

Southern Maine Community College

1.9%

University of Maine at Presque Isle

1.6%

Nova Southeastern University

1.4%
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Majors

Business

14.5%

Education

9.9%

Elementary Education

9.9%

Psychology

9.7%

Early Childhood Education

5.5%

Special Education

5.4%

Educational Technology

5.1%

Human Services

4.5%

Nursing

3.7%

Educational Leadership

3.5%

Health Care Administration

3.4%

Human Development

3.4%

Social Work

3.3%

Human Resources Management

2.9%

Communication

2.7%

Sociology

2.7%

General Education, Specific Areas

2.6%

Liberal Arts

2.4%

Management

2.4%

Computer Science

2.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

40.0%

Masters

24.6%

Other

16.5%

Associate

10.2%

Certificate

5.0%

Doctorate

2.3%

Diploma

1.0%

License

0.4%
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Average Yearly Salary
$39,000
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$27,000
Min 10%
$39,000
Median 50%
$39,000
Median 50%
$39,000
Median 50%
$39,000
Median 50%
$39,000
Median 50%
$39,000
Median 50%
$39,000
Median 50%
$56,000
Max 90%
Highest Paying City
Anchorage, AK
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
3.2 years
How much does an Education Technician make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Education Technician in the United States is $39,586 per year or $19 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $27,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $56,000.

Real Education Technician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Professor/Dept. of Educational Technology Boise State University Boise, ID Jan 05, 2011 $80,000
Education Technology Champion Wayside Schools Austin, TX Nov 01, 2016 $69,722
Educational Technologist Trustees of Boston University Boston, MA Oct 19, 2015 $66,000
Education Technology Champion Wayside Schools Austin, TX Feb 10, 2015 $62,500
Senior Educational Technologist Purdue University West Lafayette, IN Dec 01, 2009 $60,000
Educ. Tech. Integrationist University of South Dakota Vermillion, SD Aug 22, 2015 $54,000
Educ. Tech. Integrationist University of South Dakota Vermillion, SD May 22, 2015 $54,000
Educational Technology Integrationist University of South Dakota Vermillion, SD Jul 28, 2013 $54,000
Educational Technology Integrationist University of South Dakota Vermillion, SD Apr 15, 2013 $54,000
Lecturer of Educational Technology and Computing The Ohio University Athens, OH Jan 05, 2016 $53,000
Educational Technologist Purdue University West Lafayette, IN Dec 12, 2016 $53,000

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Top Skills for An Education Technician

  1. Classroom Management
  2. Child Guidance
  3. Behavioral Issues
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  • Observed children and documented developmental progression, implemented training modules developmentally appropriate practices and classroom management techniques.
  • Interacted with children and youth using approved child guidance and youth development techniques as provided by the supervisors.
  • Give support to students as emotional/behavioral issues arise.
  • Designed lesson plans, conducted parent/teacher conferences and participated in faculty meetings.
  • Streamlined the safety procedures ensuring the safety of 6 weeks to 5 years old children were properly handled.

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Top 10 Best States for Education Technicians

  1. Alaska
  2. Wyoming
  3. Iowa
  4. Wisconsin
  5. North Dakota
  6. New Hampshire
  7. California
  8. Nebraska
  9. Minnesota
  10. Oregon
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