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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
  • $41,625

    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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40,571 Instructional Assistant jobs

American Paradigm Schools
Philadelphia, PA
Instructional Assistant

$23,410 Estimated

Clifton Heights, Pa 19018 Us
Clifton Heights, PA
Instructional Assistant

$23,410 Estimated

Kern Community College District
Bakersfield, CA
Instructional Assistant, Health Careers - Short-term Temporary

$30,620 Estimated

Salem County Vocational School Dsitrict
Woodstown, NJ
Instructional Assistant

$25,400 Estimated

Kipp La Public Schools
Los Angeles, CA
Instructional Assistant

$30,350 Estimated

Grafton Integrated Health Network
Winchester, VA
Instructional Assistant

$24,840 Estimated

Aspire Public Schools
Oakland, CA
Instructional Assistant

$30,620 Estimated

Commonwealth of Ky
Danville, KY
KSB / KSD INSTRUCTIONAL ASSISTANT

$41,625 Estimated

Salem County Vocational School Dsitrict
Woodstown, NJ
Instructional Assistant

$25,400 Estimated

Universal Health Services
Atlanta, GA
Instructional Assistant

$41,625 Estimated

Aspire Public Schools
Red Bluff, CA
Instructional Assistant

$30,620 Estimated

Aspire Public Schools
Memphis, TN
Instructional Assistant

$41,625 Estimated

Salem County Vocational School Dsitrict
Woodstown, NJ
Instructional Assistant

$25,400 Estimated

Capitol Autism Services
Sacramento, CA
Instructional Assistant

$30,710 Estimated

Salem County Vocational School Dsitrict
Woodstown, NJ
Instructional Assistant

$25,400 Estimated

Aspire Public Schools
Los Angeles, CA
Instructional Assistant

$30,350 Estimated

Children's Museum of Indianapolis
Indianapolis, IN
Preschool Instructional Assistant

$41,625 Estimated

Commonwealth of Ky
Louisville, KY
KSB / KSD INSTRUCTIONAL ASSISTANT

$41,625 Estimated

Sierra Joint Community College District
Rocklin, CA
Substitute / Short Term Pool - Instructional Assistant SSSP

$30,710 Estimated

Leander ISD
Leander, TX
. 5 Instructional Assistant - Library

$20,690 Estimated

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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, 2015 $70,000
Instructor-Assistant In Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University Tallahassee, FL Jan 24, 2014 $70,000
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 $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
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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.

Top Instructional Assistant Employers

What Kind Of Companies Hire an Instructional Assistant

  1. Fairfax County Public Schools
  2. Jefferson County Public Schools
  3. Kumon Learning Center
  4. University of Houston
  5. Northside High School
  6. Clark County School District
  7. Los Angeles Unified School District
  8. Texas State University
  9. Connecticut Center for Child Development
  10. Durham Public Schools
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Instructional Assistant Videos

Teachers and Teacher Aides Part 1

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