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Working As A Substitute Teacher's Assistant

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Thinking Creatively
  • $25,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Substitute Teacher's 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 Substitute Teacher's 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 Length of Employment
Teacher 3.9 years
Teacher Associate 2.4 years
Substitute Teacher 2.3 years
Teacher Assistant 2.0 years
Teacher Aide 1.9 years
Volunteer Teacher 1.6 years
Helper Teacher 1.5 years
Teacher Internship 0.8 years
Top Careers Before Substitute Teacher's Assistant
Cashier 8.9%
Teacher 6.4%
Internship 5.8%
Volunteer 4.9%
Tutor 2.9%
Secretary 2.4%
Assistant 2.3%
Server 2.1%
Top Careers After Substitute Teacher's Assistant
Teacher 9.8%
Cashier 6.1%
Internship 4.4%
Volunteer 4.1%
Assistant 2.8%
Tutor 2.4%
Server 2.3%

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Average Yearly Salary
$25,000
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$17,000
Min 10%
$25,000
Median 50%
$25,000
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$25,000
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$25,000
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$25,000
Median 50%
$25,000
Median 50%
$25,000
Median 50%
$37,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Plainfield Schools
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
California
Avg Experience Level
2.5 years
How much does a Substitute Teacher's Assistant make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Substitute Teacher's Assistant in the United States is $25,600 per year or $12 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $17,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $37,000.

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Top Skills for A Substitute Teacher's Assistant

  1. Lesson Plans
  2. Special Needs
  3. Classroom Management
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Developed lesson plans using a variety of instructional materials and computer technology in compliance with Common Core Standard.
  • Collaborated with special education teachers to design individualized lessons for students with special needs within an inclusive environment.
  • Assisted grade-level teachers with areas of duplication, distribution, classroom management, student monitoring, and miscellaneous assignment.
  • Prepared lesson plans, tutored individual students and small groups in basic academic skills, supervised classroom activities and student behavior.
  • Assess student development and administer Alternate Proficiency Assessment to students in areas of Language Arts Literacy and Mathematics.

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  3. California
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  6. New Hampshire
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Substitute Teacher's Assistant Demographics

Gender

Female

78.4%

Male

17.9%

Unknown

3.7%
Ethnicity

White

60.9%

Hispanic or Latino

16.4%

Black or African American

12.2%

Asian

6.7%

Unknown

3.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

70.1%

French

7.6%

Italian

2.8%

Arabic

2.8%

Portuguese

2.5%

German

2.5%

Korean

1.7%

Russian

1.7%

Japanese

1.7%

Hindi

0.8%

Filipino

0.8%

Tagalog

0.8%

Mandarin

0.6%

Braille

0.6%

Greek

0.6%

Chinese

0.6%

Hebrew

0.6%

Polish

0.6%

Swedish

0.3%

Telugu

0.3%
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Substitute Teacher's Assistant Education

Schools

Liberty University

7.8%

Ashford University

7.1%

Old Dominion University

7.1%

Kean University

6.8%

Norfolk State University

6.4%

George Mason University

5.3%

Strayer University

5.0%

Florida International University

5.0%

Grand Canyon University

4.6%

American InterContinental University

4.6%

Virginia Commonwealth University

4.3%

Tidewater Community College

4.3%

Mercy College - Dobbs Ferry

4.3%

University of Missouri - Saint Louis

4.3%

Kaplan University

4.3%

William Paterson University of New Jersey

3.9%

Touro College

3.9%

Capella University

3.9%

Temple University

3.6%

Walden University

3.6%
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Majors

Business

13.2%

Psychology

8.9%

Early Childhood Education

8.8%

Elementary Education

8.8%

Education

8.2%

Special Education

4.9%

Liberal Arts

4.8%

Social Work

4.7%

Criminal Justice

4.6%

Human Development

4.2%

Health Care Administration

3.7%

Nursing

3.3%

Human Services

3.3%

Communication

3.2%

English

2.8%

Medical Assisting Services

2.8%

General Studies

2.7%

Sociology

2.7%

General Education, Specific Areas

2.5%

Accounting

2.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.8%

Associate

18.8%

Masters

14.4%

High School Diploma

11.1%

Certificate

7.7%

Diploma

2.8%

License

0.8%

Doctorate

0.7%
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