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Become A Special Education Assistant

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Working As A Special Education Assistant

  • 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 Special Education Assistant Do

A Special Education Assistant provides assistance in handling students with special needs. They educate students with emotional and behavior disorders, intellectual disabilities, or communication challenges.

How To Become A Special Education 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 Special Education Assistant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Special Education Research Assistant Technology Foundation, Inc. Miami, FL Jun 25, 2013 $40,091
Special Education Research Assistant Technology Foundation, Inc. Miami, FL Jun 25, 2010 $38,547
Teacher/Special Education Asst New York Center for Autism Charter School New York, NY Sep 20, 2011 $33,900
Teacher/Special Education Asst New York Center for Autism Charter School New York, NY Oct 01, 2011 $33,900
Special Education Assistant HOPI Day School Kykotsmovi Village, AZ Nov 17, 2015 $27,131
Special Education Assistant HOPI Day School Kykotsmovi Village, AZ Nov 25, 2015 $19,080
Special Education Assistant HOPI Day School Kykotsmovi Village, AZ May 12, 2015 $19,080

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Top Skills for A Special Education Assistant

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Top Special Education Assistant Skills

  1. Classroom Teacher
  2. Special Education Teachers
  3. Behavioral Issues
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Collaborate with classroom teacher in implementing Sensory Motor Integration techniques.
  • Assist Special Education teachers in reinforcing efforts with children having various disabilities, e.g.
  • Worked with autistic student with significant social and emotional behavioral issues.
  • Provided parents/caregivers of special needs children with therapeutic and behavioral techniques.
  • Worked as a member of the CLASS team to implement students' Individual Education Plans (IEPs).

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