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Become An Instructional Aide

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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
  • $24,900

    Average Salary

What Does An Instructional Aide Do At Computer Aid, Inc.

* Instruct students utilizing a course of study which meets stated objectives and goals.
* Develop and implement, under the supervision of the Instructional Coach, lesson plans for remediaton and enrichment for students in kindergarten and 1st grade.
* Co-teach with the Instructional Coach, Classroom Teachers, and/or other Instructional Aides.
* Under the supervision of the Instructional Coach, oversee the After School Enrichment Program and Clubs.
* Instruct students in citizenship and leadership skills.
* Provide, under the direction of the Instructional Coach and Classroom Teachers, individualized and small group instruction that is adapted to meet the needs of each student.
* Demonstrate effective classroom management strategies.
* Translate lessons plans into learning experiences so as to best utilize the available time for instruction and to actively engage the students.
* Use a variety of instructional strategies, such as inquiry, group discussion, lecture, discovery, etc.
* Establish and maintain standards of student behavior needed to achieve a functional learning atmosphere in the classroom.
* Evaluate students’ academic and social growth, keep appropriate records, and prepare progress reports.
* Cooperate with other professional staff members in assessing students’ needs.
* Create effective learning environments through functional and attractive displays, bulletin boards, and activity/learning centers.
* Opportunity to extend scheduled hours by substitute teaching for Classroom Teachers in their absence may also be available

What Does An Instructional Aide Do At University of Michigan

* Coordinate a variety of projects, functions and program components in a timely fashion.
* Maintain documentation of work and scholar progress; monitor the quality of the scholar achievement; monitor scholar behavior in the classroom; assist with classroom setup and cleanup; procure materials for site locations; setup and cleanup breakfast and lunch; work under limited supervision following standardized practices and methods of assigned mentor teacher and district facilitator; and lead, guide, and coordinate others.
* Perform other related duties as assigned to ensure the efficient and effective functioning of the program.
* Student will receive valuable experience working on the undergraduate intern team.
* Student will receive valuable experience related to supporting Wolverine Pathways teachers and scholars within their schools in their subject area of expertise

What Does An Instructional Aide Do At Ascension Health

* Creates opportunities for enhancing student skills.
* Plans and implements activities that are consistent with student abilities, interests and educational plans.
* Assists with school inclusion, inclusion in alternate school settings, the development of appropriate curriculum, workshop/life skills, speech and language, art, music, and adaptive physical education.
* Provide staff in-services.
* Maintains data and other records according to protocol.
* Acts as substitute in absence of the teacher.
* Encourages student independence in communication, decision making and other activities.
* Displays enthusiasm and appropriate energy level to maintain students motivation, cooperation, and participation.
* Plans and implements activities that are consistent with student abilities, interests, ad educational plans.
* Participates in arrival and dismissal practices.
* Other Duties as assigned
* Qualifications

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How To Become An Instructional Aide

Teacher assistants typically need to have completed at least 2 years of college coursework.


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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Instructional Aide Demographics


  • Female

  • Male

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

  • Unknown

  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Mandarin

  • Vietnamese

  • Italian

  • Portuguese

  • Arabic

  • Tagalog

  • Hmong

  • German

  • Japanese

  • Korean

  • Cantonese

  • Filipino

  • Samoan

  • Hindi

  • Indonesian

  • Russian

  • Braille

  • Albanian

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Top Skills for An Instructional Aide


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Top Instructional Aide Skills

  1. Classroom Teacher
  2. Small Group Instruction
  3. Behavioral Issues
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Earned high marks for the quality of work by classroom teachers and ESP's.
  • Provide individualized and small group instruction.
  • Assisted with school work and help maintain and keep behavioral issues to a minimum in the school setting.
  • Tutored fifth grade students in Language Arts and Mathematics Developed and managed Middle School Basketball program with school administrators.
  • Work with special needs children in K-12 special education classrooms.

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