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Working As A Proctor

  • 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 A Proctor 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 Proctor

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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Proctor Demographics

Gender

Female

61.4%

Male

35.3%

Unknown

3.3%
Ethnicity

White

73.4%

Hispanic or Latino

11.9%

Asian

11.6%

Unknown

2.4%

Black or African American

0.8%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

40.1%

French

13.2%

German

7.2%

Mandarin

6.6%

Italian

4.6%

Chinese

3.9%

Portuguese

3.3%

Japanese

3.3%

Russian

2.6%

Arabic

2.6%

Vietnamese

2.0%

Hindi

2.0%

Korean

2.0%

Bengali

1.3%

Cantonese

1.3%

Urdu

1.3%

Swedish

0.7%

Swahili

0.7%

Marathi

0.7%

Arapaho

0.7%
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Proctor Education

Schools

Northeastern University

12.5%

Pennsylvania State University

7.3%

University of Texas at Austin

7.3%

Iowa State University

7.3%

University of Houston

6.8%

San Francisco State University

5.2%

Wichita State University

5.2%

University of Phoenix

5.2%

University of Alabama at Birmingham

4.7%

Utah Valley University

4.7%

Indiana University Bloomington

4.7%

University of North Texas

3.6%

University of California - Santa Barbara

3.6%

Syracuse University

3.1%

University of Alabama

3.1%

University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point

3.1%

Texas State University

3.1%

Wright State University

3.1%

Brigham Young University - Idaho

3.1%

University of California - San Diego

3.1%
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Majors

Business

17.5%

Psychology

16.2%

English

5.9%

Biology

5.1%

Computer Science

4.7%

Communication

4.7%

Education

4.0%

Marketing

3.8%

Social Work

3.7%

Criminal Justice

3.7%

Health Care Administration

3.5%

Political Science

3.3%

History

3.3%

Mathematics

3.1%

Liberal Arts

3.0%

Elementary Education

3.0%

Mechanical Engineering

3.0%

Human Resources Management

3.0%

Sociology

2.8%

Accounting

2.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

48.3%

Masters

19.7%

Other

18.7%

Associate

6.6%

Certificate

3.1%

Doctorate

2.5%

Diploma

1.0%

License

0.2%
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Top Skills for A Proctor

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Top Proctor Skills

  1. Exam Materials
  2. Computer Lab
  3. Test Takers
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Distributed confidential exam materials to students.
  • Maintained overall responsibility for the management of the student computer lab.
  • Monitor test takers to verify no inappropriate use of materials or electronics is being used during the exam.
  • Distributed and collected test materials, and organized them in alphabetical and numerical order.
  • Organized and led large group recreational activities and worked with other proctors to facilitate conflict resolution.

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