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Working As An Instructional Aide

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Thinking Creatively
  • $30,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Instructional Aide 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 Instructional Aide

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
Instructional Aide 3.0 years
Para Educator 3.0 years
Para Professional 3.0 years
Teacher Aide 1.9 years
Kindergarten Aide 1.8 years
Classroom Aide 1.8 years
Top Careers Before Instructional Aide
Cashier 9.3%
Teacher 6.5%
Internship 6.5%
Volunteer 5.6%
Tutor 4.6%
Aide 3.0%
Assistant 2.5%
Secretary 2.5%
Top Careers After Instructional Aide
Teacher 11.4%
Cashier 5.7%
Internship 5.2%
Volunteer 4.6%
Tutor 4.5%
Aide 3.2%
Instructor 3.2%

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Average Yearly Salary
$30,000
View Detailed Salary Report
$24,000
Min 10%
$30,000
Median 50%
$30,000
Median 50%
$30,000
Median 50%
$30,000
Median 50%
$30,000
Median 50%
$30,000
Median 50%
$30,000
Median 50%
$38,000
Max 90%
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
2.5 years
How much does an Instructional Aide make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Instructional Aide in the United States is $30,871 per year or $15 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $24,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $38,000.

Real Instructional Aide Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Special Instructor In Cad/Cam Oakland University Rochester, MI Aug 16, 2016 $65,000
Special Instructor In Cad/Cam Oakland University Rochester, MI Aug 15, 2014 $65,000
Special Instructor In Cad/Cam Oakland University Rochester, MI Jul 30, 2014 $65,000
Instructional Aids Associate The Ohio State University Columbus, OH Jan 09, 2016 $47,354
Instructional Aids Associate The Ohio State University Columbus, OH Jun 20, 2011 $47,091
Instructional Aids Associate The Ohio State University Columbus, OH Jun 20, 2012 $47,091

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Top Skills for An Instructional Aide

  1. Classroom Management
  2. Behavioral Issues
  3. Mathematics
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Leveraged strong classroom management abilities to ensure well-managed classrooms, leading to an improvement of student on-task behavior.
  • Provide counseling on behavioral issues along with time management and organizational skills.
  • Provided one-on-one instruction for mathematics lessons.
  • Provide instructional aid and supervision in classroom or one-on-one environment to special needs children.
  • Implemented daily lesson plans and supervise children during extracurricular activities.

Instructional Aide 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 11,290 Instructional Aide 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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Instructional Aide Demographics

Gender

Female

66.2%

Male

22.0%

Unknown

11.8%
Ethnicity

White

54.8%

Hispanic or Latino

24.6%

Black or African American

9.5%

Asian

7.2%

Unknown

3.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

76.3%

French

5.7%

Portuguese

2.5%

Mandarin

2.0%

Italian

1.5%

Vietnamese

1.3%

Arabic

1.3%

Japanese

1.2%

Hmong

1.0%

Cantonese

1.0%

German

1.0%

Tagalog

0.8%

Chinese

0.8%

Russian

0.7%

Filipino

0.7%

Romanian

0.5%

Hindi

0.5%

Korean

0.5%

Swedish

0.3%

Samoan

0.3%
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Instructional Aide Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

16.7%

Grand Canyon University

6.6%

National University

6.6%

Arizona State University

6.6%

California State University - Long Beach

5.2%

California State University - Los Angeles

5.2%

California State University - Fullerton

4.6%

California State University - San Bernardino

4.5%

Bakersfield College

4.5%

California State University - Fresno

4.1%

Ashford University

4.0%

California State University - Sacramento

3.9%

San Jose State University

3.9%

California State University - Bakersfield

3.9%

San Francisco State University

3.7%

California State University - Dominguez Hills

3.6%

Liberty University

3.5%

Kean University

3.1%

Cerritos College

3.0%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

2.9%
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Majors

Psychology

12.0%

Business

11.5%

Elementary Education

9.9%

Education

7.9%

Liberal Arts

6.2%

Special Education

5.2%

Human Development

5.0%

Criminal Justice

5.0%

Early Childhood Education

4.4%

Sociology

3.9%

Social Work

3.4%

English

3.4%

Medical Assisting Services

3.4%

Nursing

3.1%

Health Care Administration

3.1%

Communication

3.1%

Human Services

2.7%

Counseling Psychology

2.4%

Accounting

2.2%

General Education, Specific Areas

2.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

41.1%

Other

19.7%

Masters

18.7%

Associate

12.6%

Certificate

5.4%

Diploma

1.3%

Doctorate

0.7%

License

0.6%
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