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Working As A Special Projects Assistant

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Thinking Creatively
  • $86,694

    Average Salary

What Does A Special Projects 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 Special Projects 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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Special Projects Assistant Career Paths

Special Projects Assistant
Specialist Case Manager Special Education Teacher
Assistant Principal
10 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Product Manager Sales Manager
Branch Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Law Clerk Attorney Office Manager
Business Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Coordinator Operations Manager Assistant Director
Center Director
7 Yearsyrs
Assistant Director Office Manager General Manager
Center Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Operations Director Chief Operating Officer
Chief Executive Officer
9 Yearsyrs
Instructional Assistant Site Coordinator Youth Director
Children's Ministries Director
6 Yearsyrs
Project Coordinator Senior Project Manager Program Director
Clinical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Assistant Director General Manager Property Manager
Communications Director
7 Yearsyrs
Communications Director Writer And Editor
Communications Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Business Owner Lead Teacher
Director Of Preschool
7 Yearsyrs
Chief Of Staff Medical Director Program Director
Education Director
7 Yearsyrs
Communications Director Marketing Director General Manager
Facilities Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager Product Manager
Marketing Director
7 Yearsyrs
Chief Of Staff Program Manager Product Manager
Marketing Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Assistant Recruiter Operations Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Law Clerk Fellow Program Manager
Service Director
10 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Assistant Human Resources Coordinator Operations Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Special Projects Assistant Demographics

Gender

Female

63.7%

Male

33.9%

Unknown

2.5%
Ethnicity

White

60.4%

Hispanic or Latino

15.8%

Black or African American

12.1%

Asian

7.8%

Unknown

3.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

46.0%

French

14.4%

Mandarin

5.4%

Arabic

5.0%

Chinese

4.0%

German

4.0%

Italian

3.6%

Hebrew

2.9%

Portuguese

2.5%

Russian

1.8%

Korean

1.4%

Japanese

1.4%

Swedish

1.1%

Hindi

1.1%

Cantonese

1.1%

Persian

1.1%

Urdu

1.1%

Turkish

0.7%

Dari

0.7%

Bengali

0.7%
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Special Projects Assistant Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

11.4%

George Washington University

9.4%

American University

7.7%

Georgetown University

5.4%

Howard University

5.4%

University of Maryland - University College

5.0%

Northeastern University

5.0%

University of Maine at Farmington

5.0%

University of Maine

4.7%

Syracuse University

4.4%

New York University

4.4%

Columbia University

4.4%

Strayer University

4.0%

University of Kentucky

4.0%

Temple University

3.7%

Villanova University

3.4%

George Mason University

3.4%

College of William and Mary

3.4%

University of Southern California

3.0%

James Madison University

3.0%
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Majors

Business

21.9%

Political Science

10.7%

Law

6.9%

Psychology

6.5%

Communication

6.0%

Management

4.6%

Public Administration

4.5%

Criminal Justice

4.4%

Health Care Administration

3.5%

Marketing

3.5%

Education

3.2%

Elementary Education

3.2%

Accounting

3.1%

Sociology

3.0%

English

2.7%

History

2.6%

Finance

2.5%

Public Relations

2.5%

Educational Leadership

2.3%

International Relations

2.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

37.1%

Masters

26.5%

Other

17.7%

Associate

6.2%

Doctorate

6.0%

Certificate

4.9%

Diploma

1.0%

License

0.4%
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Real Special Projects Assistant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Special Assistant To The The Univision Network Limited Partnership Miami, FL Feb 01, 2011 $150,000
Special Projects, Workforce Intelligence Southeastern Grocers LLC Jacksonville, FL Jun 06, 2016 $130,000 -
$200,000
Asst. Prof., Dept. of Special EDU. and Comm. Disorders Bridgewater State University Bridgewater, MA Sep 16, 2016 $65,000
Special Projects Assistant The University of Georgia Athens, GA Aug 31, 2012 $58,000
Special Assistant Kent State University Kent, OH Aug 01, 2009 $36,000
Chinese Special Projects Assistant University of Oregon Eugene, OR Aug 15, 2012 $30,000
Special Projects Assistant In Food Science University of Maine Orono, ME May 01, 2011 $25,941
Special Project Assistant, Food Science University of Maine Orono, ME Jun 01, 2013 $25,854

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Top Skills for A Special Projects Assistant

  1. Special Projects
  2. Special Assistant
  3. Special Needs
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  • Provided clinical and administrative assistance to service directors for special projects and program development.
  • Served as Special Assistant to the Commanding General (CG), United States Army, Pacific (USARPAC).
  • Supported special needs children and young adults in various activities emotionally and physically
  • Assist with program registration, data entry and monitor data integrity for both ABE and GED programs.
  • Drafted policy proposals in areas including immigration reform and foreign affairs and conducted outreach to advocacy groups.

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  5. District of Columbia
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