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Working As an Educational Aid

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Thinking Creatively
  • $27,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Educational Aid 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 Educational Aid

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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Educational Aid Career Paths

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Teacher Consultant Project Manager
Owner
7 Yearsyrs
Teacher Consultant Owner
Co-Owner
6 Yearsyrs
Teacher Consultant Office Manager
Business Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Teacher Assistant Instructor Adjunct Professor
Principal
11 Yearsyrs
Teacher Assistant Kindergarten Teacher Lead Teacher
Center Director
7 Yearsyrs
Teacher Assistant Substitute Teacher Adjunct Professor
Assistant Principal
10 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Team Leader Office Manager
Business Owner
6 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Team Leader Chairperson
Board Member
5 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Team Leader Director
Education Director
7 Yearsyrs
Tutor Instructor
Vocational Training Instructor
5 Yearsyrs
Tutor Lead Teacher
Lead Pre-K Teacher
5 Yearsyrs
Tutor Lead Teacher Assistant Director
Acting Director
8 Yearsyrs
Home Health Aid Substitute Teacher Adjunct Professor
Department Chairperson
7 Yearsyrs
Home Health Aid Administrator Principal
Athletic Director
5 Yearsyrs
Home Health Aid Administrator Assistant Principal
School Director
6 Yearsyrs
Program Assistant Clinician House Manager
Home Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Program Assistant Program Coordinator Educational Programs Coordinator
Education Program Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Program Assistant Special Education Teacher Early Childhood Special Educator
Early Childhood Specialist
5 Yearsyrs
Program Coordinator Educational Programs Coordinator Education Program Manager
Assistant Education Director
6 Yearsyrs
Special Education Teacher School Counselor Testing Coordinator
Test Administrator
6 Yearsyrs
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Average Yearly Salary
$27,000
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$21,000
Min 10%
$27,000
Median 50%
$27,000
Median 50%
$27,000
Median 50%
$27,000
Median 50%
$27,000
Median 50%
$27,000
Median 50%
$27,000
Median 50%
$36,000
Max 90%
Highest Paying City
Lompoc, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
2.4 years
How much does an Educational Aid make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Educational Aid in the United States is $27,747 per year or $13 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $21,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $36,000.

Top Skills for An Educational Aid

  1. Classroom Management
  2. Special Needs
  3. Behavioral Issues
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Maintain positive and effective classroom management.
  • Supervised students with special needs and provided appropriate and adequate assistance.
  • Tutored student with behavioral issues.
  • Supervised students in the classroom, guided small groups with curriculum, and assessed student abilities, strengths and weaknesses.
  • Interacted with children using approved child guidance and development techniques as provided by supervisors.

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Top 10 Best States for Educational Aids

  1. California
  2. New Hampshire
  3. Vermont
  4. Connecticut
  5. Nevada
  6. Alaska
  7. Massachusetts
  8. Minnesota
  9. Ohio
  10. Rhode Island
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Educational Aid Resume Examples And Tips

The average resume reviewer spends between 5 to 7 seconds looking at a single resume, which leaves the average job applier with roughly six seconds to make a killer first impression. Thanks to this, a single typo or error on your resume can disqualify you right out of the gate. At Zippia, we went through over 2,406 Educational Aid resumes and compiled some information about how best to optimize them. Here are some suggestions based on what we found, divided by the individual sections of the resume itself.

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Educational Aid Demographics

Gender

Female

66.4%

Male

19.5%

Unknown

14.0%
Ethnicity

White

59.0%

Hispanic or Latino

17.8%

Black or African American

13.7%

Asian

5.9%

Unknown

3.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

66.9%

French

7.4%

German

4.1%

Russian

3.3%

Italian

2.5%

Portuguese

2.5%

Hindi

1.7%

Arabic

1.7%

Swahili

0.8%

Vietnamese

0.8%

Hmong

0.8%

Mandarin

0.8%

Chuvash

0.8%

Bengali

0.8%

Thai

0.8%

Cantonese

0.8%

Armenian

0.8%

Braille

0.8%

Chinese

0.8%

Japanese

0.8%
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Educational Aid Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

13.3%

University of Maryland - University College

8.1%

Ashford University

6.3%

Kaplan University

5.9%

Ohio University -

5.5%

Cuyahoga Community College

5.5%

Ohio State University

5.2%

Kent State University

5.2%

University of the District of Columbia

4.4%

Sinclair Community College

4.4%

Liberty University

4.1%

Grand Canyon University

4.1%

University of Akron

3.7%

University of Texas at El Paso

3.7%

Cleveland State University

3.7%

California State University - Los Angeles

3.7%

Austin Peay State University

3.3%

University of North Texas

3.3%

University of Cincinnati

3.3%

Tarleton State University

3.3%
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Majors

Business

14.7%

Psychology

9.1%

Education

7.9%

Elementary Education

6.3%

Criminal Justice

5.9%

Early Childhood Education

5.8%

Social Work

5.8%

Nursing

5.6%

Special Education

4.4%

Kinesiology

4.3%

Health Care Administration

4.1%

Liberal Arts

3.6%

Human Services

3.3%

English

3.1%

Communication

3.1%

Human Development

2.8%

Health Education

2.8%

Sociology

2.6%

Medical Assisting Services

2.5%

Accounting

2.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

37.8%

Other

22.3%

Masters

19.6%

Associate

12.4%

Certificate

4.6%

Doctorate

1.4%

Diploma

1.3%

License

0.7%
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