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Working As An Educational Associate

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Thinking Creatively
  • $49,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Educational Associate 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 Associate

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 Associate Career Paths

Educational Associate
Teacher Consultant Project Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Teacher Consultant Manager
General Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Teacher Consultant General Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Substitute Teacher Coordinator Team Leader
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Substitute Teacher Specialist Account Executive
Marketing Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Substitute Teacher Instructor Team Leader
Service Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Special Education Teacher Lead Teacher Assistant Manager
Center Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Special Education Teacher Lead Teacher Assistant Director
Center Director
7 Yearsyrs
Special Education Teacher Lead Teacher Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Educator Instructor Adjunct Professor
Assistant Principal
10 Yearsyrs
Educator Program Coordinator Executive Assistant
Business Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Educator Adjunct Professor Principal
Marketing Director
7 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Professor Principal Vice President
Founder And Chief Executive Officer
7 Yearsyrs
Assistant Executive Assistant Assistant Manager
Communications Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Assistant Executive Assistant Office Manager
Business Owner
6 Yearsyrs
Assistant Administrator Property Manager
Communications Director
6 Yearsyrs
Teacher Assistant Kindergarten Teacher Preschool Lead Teacher
Lead Pre-K Teacher
5 Yearsyrs
Teacher Assistant Instructor Leader
President And Founder
5 Yearsyrs
Teacher Assistant Special Education Assistant Preschool Lead Teacher
Education Director
7 Yearsyrs
Program Coordinator Team Leader Program Manager
Associate Director
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Educator 3.6 years
5th Grade Teacher 2.7 years
4th Grade Teacher 2.5 years
Educational Aid 2.4 years
Literacy Teacher 2.3 years
Top Careers Before Educational Associate
Internship 14.1%
Teacher 12.3%
Volunteer 6.9%
Tutor 3.5%
Instructor 3.2%
Cashier 3.2%
Assistant 3.0%
Associate 2.7%
Fellow 2.6%
Top Careers After Educational Associate
Teacher 13.1%
Internship 7.4%
Volunteer 5.3%
Educator 4.7%
Assistant 4.3%
Counselor 3.3%
Tutor 3.3%
Owner 3.1%
Associate 3.1%
Consultant 3.1%
Instructor 2.9%

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Educational Associate Demographics

Gender

Female

59.5%

Male

25.9%

Unknown

14.6%
Ethnicity

White

60.1%

Hispanic or Latino

17.5%

Black or African American

11.4%

Asian

6.7%

Unknown

4.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

56.7%

French

12.5%

Portuguese

4.2%

Japanese

3.3%

Italian

2.5%

Chinese

2.5%

German

2.5%

Swahili

1.7%

Hmong

1.7%

Mandarin

1.7%

Korean

1.7%

Russian

1.7%

Greek

1.7%

Swedish

0.8%

Somali

0.8%

Sindhi

0.8%

Khmer

0.8%

Armenian

0.8%

Thai

0.8%

Braille

0.8%
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Educational Associate Education

Schools

New York University

9.8%

Mercy College - Dobbs Ferry

6.9%

George Washington University

6.4%

Temple University

5.9%

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

5.9%

Touro College

5.9%

Metropolitan State University

5.4%

Fordham University

4.9%

University of Iowa

4.9%

University of Phoenix

4.9%

American University

4.9%

Pennsylvania State University

4.4%

Texas State University

3.9%

Lehman College of the City University of New York

3.9%

University of Texas at Austin

3.9%

Brooklyn College of the City University of New York

3.9%

University of New Mexico

3.9%

University of New Hampshire

3.4%

Arizona State University

3.4%

California State University - San Marcos

3.4%
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Majors

Business

14.5%

Education

11.3%

Psychology

8.0%

Elementary Education

7.6%

Educational Leadership

5.6%

Communication

5.2%

Sociology

4.6%

Special Education

4.5%

Early Childhood Education

4.4%

Social Work

4.0%

Fine Arts

3.8%

School Counseling

3.4%

Theatre

3.0%

English

3.0%

Political Science

3.0%

General Education, Specific Areas

3.0%

History

2.9%

Nursing

2.7%

Mental Health Counseling

2.7%

Marketing

2.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

40.9%

Masters

32.3%

Other

13.3%

Associate

5.7%

Doctorate

4.2%

Certificate

3.1%

Diploma

0.4%

License

0.1%
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$26,000
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Best Paying Company
Google
Highest Paying City
Troy, NY
Highest Paying State
Maine
Avg Experience Level
2.6 years
How much does an Educational Associate make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Educational Associate in the United States is $49,244 per year or $24 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $26,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $89,000.

Real Educational Associate Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Educator/Licensing Associate Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Troy, NY Oct 22, 2010 $90,000
Associate Educator Metropolitan Museum of Art New York, NY Jun 24, 2010 $78,495
Associate In Teacher Education NYS Education Department Albany, NY Feb 24, 2010 $74,667 -
$91,075
Higher Education Associate City University of New York-John Jay College of Criminal Justice New York, NY Oct 24, 2016 $74,133
Education Associate American Australian Association New York, NY Jan 01, 2014 $68,308
Associate Prof. of Educational Leadership & Policy D'Youville College Buffalo, NY Aug 15, 2011 $68,000
Associate Educator, Gallery and Learning Programs The Museum of Modern Art New York, NY Oct 05, 2015 $65,586
Associate Educator, Visitor Research and Experience The Museum of Modern Art New York, NY Oct 19, 2015 $65,586
Education Associate American Australian Association New York, NY Jan 01, 2014 $61,128
Education Associate American Australian Association New York, NY Jan 01, 2011 $61,128
Associate In Physical Education Columbia University New York, NY Oct 15, 2014 $60,819
Associate In Physical Education Columbia University New York, NY Oct 01, 2009 $60,000
Associate Educator The Museum of Modern Art New York, NY Jul 01, 2011 $57,694
Associate In Physical Education Columbia University New York, NY Oct 21, 2011 $50,000
Education Associate Hazon Inc. New York, NY Jan 04, 2010 $48,000
Associate In Physical Education Columbia University New York, NY Mar 01, 2011 $44,600

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Top Skills for An Educational Associate

  1. Classroom Management
  2. Behavioral Issues
  3. Curriculum Development
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  • Execute daily operations of classroom management facilitate independent student work and mediate and assist conflict resolution.
  • Assisted staff with applying specific strategies and techniques regarding students' behavior assessment and addressing behavioral issues.
  • Participated in curriculum development and performance evaluations.
  • Provide technical support and training for South Carolina school districts with SASIxp and other web-based applications.
  • Developed and promoted training programs and opportunities that support and enhance leadership, participation, and other areas as needed

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  8. Pennsylvania
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