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Become An Instructional Assistant

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Working As An Instructional Assistant

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Thinking Creatively
  • $30,180

    Average Salary

What Does An Instructional Assistant Do

An Instructional Assistant provides support to teachers, instructors, and faculty members in an educational setting. They assist in the planning and implementation of educational programs, provide support to students, and assess and document their progress.

How To Become An Instructional Assistant

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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Real Instructional Assistant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Assistant Instructor Wake Forest University Health Sciences Winston-Salem, NC Aug 01, 2010 $100,000
Instructor-Assistant In Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University Tallahassee, FL Jan 24, 2016 $70,000
Instructor-Assistant In Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University Tallahassee, FL Jan 24, 2014 $70,000
Instructor-Assistant In Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University Tallahassee, FL Jan 24, 2015 $70,000
Assistant Instructor-Postgrad Trainee Clin/Res The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Cente Dallas, TX Jul 01, 2014 $68,342
Assistant Instructor-Postgrad Trainee Clin/Res The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas Dallas, TX Jul 01, 2014 $68,342
Assistant Instructor-Postgrad Trainee Clin/Res The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Cente Dallas, TX Jul 01, 2014 $66,000
Visiting Instructor/Visiting Assistant Prof. of Economics Franklin & Marshall College Lancaster, PA Jan 08, 2016 $62,000
Assistant Research Instructor University of Colorado Denver, CO Aug 15, 2010 $60,000
Assistant Instructor Wake Forest University Health Sciences Winston-Salem, NC Jul 01, 2013 $60,000
Visiting Instructor/Visiting Asst. Prof. of Juda Franklin & Marshall College Lancaster, PA Jul 01, 2011 $60,000
Instructor/Asst. Prof. of Comm. Sciences & Disorde Appalachian State University Boone, NC Jan 01, 2012 $59,850 -
$63,000
Assistant Instructor-Fellow Wake Forest University Health Sciences Winston-Salem, NC Oct 19, 2015 $56,860
Visiting Instructor/Assistant Prof. of Educational Studies Colgate University Hamilton, NY Jul 01, 2015 $55,600
Assistant Instructor Wake Forest University Health Sciences Winston-Salem, NC Jan 02, 2016 $54,630
Assistant Instructor-Fellow Wake Forest University Health Sciences Winston-Salem, NC Jan 04, 2016 $54,630
Instructional Asst. Prof. of Italian The University of Mississippi University, MS Jun 01, 2012 $53,333
Assistant Instructor Wake Forest University Health Sciences Winston-Salem, NC Jan 01, 2014 $52,509
Assistant Instructor Wake Forest University Health Sciences Winston-Salem, NC Jul 01, 2014 $52,509
Assistant Instructor University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, PA Aug 20, 2015 $50,870
Assistant Instructor University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, PA Jan 05, 2016 $50,190
Web Services Librarian/Instructional Asst. Profess Illinois State University Normal, IL Jan 15, 2013 $48,012
Assistant Instructor Wake Forest University Health Sciences Winston-Salem, NC Mar 01, 2014 $46,140
Instructor/Asst. Prof. of Mass Communications Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Edwardsville, IL May 02, 2008 $44,550
Faculty Instructor Exercise Science/Asst Soccer Co Grand Valley State University Allendale, MI Aug 14, 2013 $43,350
Faculty Instructor Exercise Science/Asst Soccer Co Grand Valley State University Allendale, MI Aug 14, 2012 $41,650
Assistant Instructor University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, PA Aug 20, 2012 $37,000
Assistant Instructor of Chinese University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, PA May 01, 2011 $37,000
Assistant Instructor of Chinese University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, PA Aug 30, 2010 $37,000

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Top Skills for An Instructional Assistant

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Top Instructional Assistant 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:
  • Implement Behavior Plans with assistance of the classroom teacher.
  • Provide one on one and small group instruction to children who need additional help.
  • Review of goals set up to resolve student behavioral issues and academic deficiencies.
  • Worked with students individually and in small groups to reinforce reading, writing, and mathematics skills.
  • Assisted the middle school boy's math teacher with daily assignments, maintained classroom control, and contributed with lesson plans.

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Instructional Assistant Videos

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