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Working As a Learning Assistant

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Thinking Creatively
  • $26,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Learning Assistant 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 A Learning 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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Average Yearly Salary
$26,000
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$17,000
Min 10%
$26,000
Median 50%
$26,000
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$26,000
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$26,000
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$26,000
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$26,000
Median 50%
$39,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Kansas City Kansas Public Schools
Highest Paying City
New York, NY
Highest Paying State
Rhode Island
Avg Experience Level
1.3 years
How much does a Learning Assistant make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Learning Assistant in the United States is $26,357 per year or $13 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $17,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $39,000.

Top Skills for A Learning Assistant

  1. Mathematics
  2. Computer Lab
  3. Organic Chemistry
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Guide the mathematical studies of students in a variety of undergraduate courses including Multivariate Calculus and Business Mathematics
  • Participated in meetings in university about problem solving and improving the computer lab.
  • Developed curriculum for general chemistry, organic chemistry, and biochemistry undergraduate courses to promote critical thinking and reasoning.
  • Lectured physics concepts and principles to FIU students in Physics I and II laboratory classes.
  • Supported professors by assessing student homework and assisting with programming and debugging questions outside of normal office hours

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Top 10 Best States for Learning Assistants

  1. Rhode Island
  2. Connecticut
  3. Alaska
  4. New York
  5. Delaware
  6. Pennsylvania
  7. Massachusetts
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  9. Nevada
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Learning Assistant 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 3,802 Learning Assistant 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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Learning Assistant Demographics

Gender

Female

51.6%

Male

37.0%

Unknown

11.5%
Ethnicity

White

58.9%

Hispanic or Latino

15.7%

Asian

11.6%

Black or African American

9.9%

Unknown

3.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

47.4%

French

12.6%

Chinese

4.9%

Russian

4.2%

Mandarin

3.9%

German

3.9%

Italian

3.2%

Korean

2.8%

Portuguese

2.8%

Japanese

2.8%

Arabic

2.8%

Cantonese

2.1%

Vietnamese

1.4%

Ukrainian

1.1%

Polish

1.1%

Swahili

0.7%

Hindi

0.7%

Turkish

0.7%

Amharic

0.7%

Romanian

0.4%
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Learning Assistant Education

Schools

University of Colorado at Boulder

13.3%

Pennsylvania State University

12.8%

Florida International University

10.0%

Michigan State University

7.2%

University of Texas at Austin

6.3%

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

5.1%

Sacred Heart University

4.9%

Texas State University

4.2%

Boston University

4.2%

George Mason University

4.1%

University of Central Florida

3.7%

University of California - Santa Cruz

3.0%

Rochester Institute of Technology

2.8%

Cleveland State University

2.8%

Texas A&M University

2.7%

University of Missouri - Columbia

2.7%

Gettysburg College

2.7%

University of Maryland - College Park

2.6%

University of Maine

2.4%

Clark University

2.4%
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Majors

Psychology

12.4%

Biology

10.3%

Business

7.6%

Mathematics

7.3%

Computer Science

6.7%

Physics

6.2%

Mechanical Engineering

5.3%

Chemistry

5.3%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

4.5%

Education

3.9%

Elementary Education

3.6%

English

3.5%

Biomedical Engineering

3.3%

Chemical Engineering

3.2%

Accounting

3.2%

Criminal Justice

3.2%

Nursing

2.8%

Communication

2.8%

Kinesiology

2.6%

Social Work

2.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

61.9%

Masters

17.8%

Other

10.3%

Associate

5.1%

Doctorate

2.6%

Certificate

1.7%

Diploma

0.5%

License

0.0%
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