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Become An English Teaching Assistant

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Working As An English Teaching Assistant

  • Training and Teaching Others
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others
  • Coaching and Developing Others
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $61,990

    Average Salary

Example Of What An English Teaching Assistant does

  • Instructed English language classes at two high-risk junior high-schools.
  • Enhanced ability to manage in group settings, organizational, and communication skills in a foreign market.
  • program - at local elementary school and 2 Science Magnet High Schools Feb 1994 - Sep 1995
  • Worked as a writing mentor at National Quemoy University and tookChinese language courses.
  • Designed intensive conversation classes to improve English language skills of students.
  • Facilitated classroom duties with English teachers in five elementary schools which consisted of over 200 students !
  • Prepared classroom activities to present American culture and practice speaking, reading, and writing English.
  • Cultivated public-private partnerships and implemented and coordinated 30 cross-cultural exchange programs and events for local community and American Institute of Taiwan.
  • Prepared two different weekly lesson plans for each grade.
  • Serve as a cultural ambassador between the US and Malaysian education officials, administrators, and teachers.
  • Prepared materials and classrooms for class activities.
  • -Worked supplemental hours at local college to train future teachers in English language skills.
  • Designed six undergraduate and graduate classes in English conversation and writing and American literature at Comenius University.
  • Enhanced communication and collaboration between 10 Teaching English Volunteers and the Ministry of Education.
  • Afford students the opportunity improve their language usage and engage in authentic communication in a foreign language.
  • Provided engaging EFL lessons for students ages 11-18.
  • Planned and implemented ESL lessons for middle and high school students.
  • Used PowerPoint to prepare daily lesson lecture assigned by high school teachers.
  • Improved conversation skills with students that had varying levels of beginner English.
  • Developed and co-taught an English as a Second Language (ESL) curriculum to 200+ Taiwanese students.

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How To Become An English Teaching Assistant

Educational requirements vary with the subject taught and the type of educational institution. Most commonly, postsecondary teachers must have a Ph.D. However, a master's degree may be enough for some postsecondary teachers at community colleges. In career and technical schools, work experience may be important for getting a postsecondary teaching job.


Postsecondary teachers who work for 4-year colleges and universities typically need a doctoral degree in their field. Some schools may hire those with a master’s degree or those who are doctoral degree candidates for some specialties, such as fine arts, or for some part-time positions.

Doctoral programs generally take multiple years after the completion of a bachelor’s degree program. They spend time completing a master’s degree and then writing a doctoral dissertation, which is a paper presenting original research in the student’s field of study. Candidates usually specialize in a subfield, such as organic chemistry or European history.

Community colleges or career and technical schools also may hire those with a master’s degree. However, in some fields, there are more applicants than available positions. In these situations, institutions can be more selective, and they frequently choose applicants who have a Ph.D. over those with a master’s degree.

Postsecondary teachers who teach career and technical education courses, such as culinary arts or cosmetology, may not be required to have graduate-level education. At a minimum they must hold the degree of the program in which they are teaching. For example, the teacher must hold an associate’s degree if they teach a program that is at the associate’s degree level. In addition, work experience or certification may be just as important as education for getting a postsecondary teaching job at a career or technical school.

Other Experience

Some institutions may prefer to hire those with teaching or other work experience, but this is not a requirement for all fields or for all employers.

In health specialties, art, or education fields, hands-on work experience in the industry can be important. Postsecondary teachers in these fields often gain experience by working in an occupation related to their field of expertise.

In fields such as biological science, physics, and chemistry, some postsecondary teachers have postdoctoral research experience. These short-term jobs, sometimes called “post-docs,” usually involve working for 2 to 3 years as a research associate or in a similar position, often at a college or university.

Some postsecondary teachers gain teaching experience by working as graduate teaching assistants—students who are enrolled in a graduate program and teach classes in the institution in which they are enrolled.

Some postsecondary teachers, especially adjunct professors, have another job in addition to teaching.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Postsecondary teachers who prepare students for an occupation that requires a license, certification, or registration, may need to have—or they may benefit from having—the same credential. For example, a postsecondary nursing teacher might need a nursing license or a postsecondary education teacher might need a teaching license.


A major goal for postsecondary teachers with a doctoral degree is attaining a tenure—a guarantee that a professor cannot be fired without just cause. It can take up to 7 years of moving up the ranks in tenure-track positions. The ranks are assistant professor, associate professor, and professor. Tenure is granted through a review of the candidate’s research, contribution to the institution, and teaching.

Tenure and tenure track positions are declining as institutions are relying more heavily on part-time faculty.

Some tenured professors advance to administrative positions, such as dean or president. For information on deans and other administrative positions, see the profile on postsecondary education administrators. For more information about college and university presidents, see the profile on top executives.

Important Qualities

Critical-thinking skills. To challenge established theories and beliefs, conduct original research, and design experiments, postsecondary teachers need good critical-thinking skills.

Interpersonal skills. Most postsecondary teachers need to be able to work well with others and must have good communication skills to serve on committees and give lectures.

Resourcefulness. Postsecondary teachers need to be able to present information in a way that students will understand. They need to adapt to the different learning styles of their students and teach students who have little or no experience with the subject.

Speaking skills. Postsecondary teachers need good communication skills to give lectures.

Writing skills. Most postsecondary teachers need to be skilled writers to publish original research and analysis.

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English Teaching Assistant Demographics


  • Female

  • Male

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  • White

  • Asian

  • Hispanic or Latino

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • German

  • Chinese

  • Russian

  • Mandarin

  • Italian

  • Portuguese

  • Japanese

  • Korean

  • Arabic

  • Polish

  • Turkish

  • Cantonese

  • Vietnamese

  • Ukrainian

  • Thai

  • Hebrew

  • Swahili

  • Romanian

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Top Skills for An English Teaching Assistant


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Top English Teaching Assistant Skills

  1. Foreign Language
  2. Weekly Lesson Plans
  3. American Culture
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Worked collaboratively with all foreign language assistants and administrators.
  • Prepared two different weekly lesson plans for each grade.
  • Developed original lesson plans to broaden vocabulary and impart knowledge about American culture.
  • Designed six undergraduate and graduate classes in English conversation and writing and American literature at Comenius University.
  • Created customized ESL lessons to introduce US cultural topics and facilitate conversation.

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