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Working As A Teacher Aide 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 Teacher Aide 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 Teacher Aide 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
School Aide 2.6 years
Instructional Aide 2.5 years
Teacher Associate 2.4 years
Teacher Assistant 2.0 years
Day Care Teacher 2.0 years
Aide 1.9 years
Teacher Aide 1.9 years
Helper Teacher 1.5 years
Teacher Internship 0.8 years
Top Careers Before Teacher Aide Assistant
Cashier 18.5%
Volunteer 5.5%
Internship 5.0%
Assistant 3.6%
Teacher 3.2%
Waitress 2.6%
Server 2.5%
Top Careers After Teacher Aide Assistant
Cashier 13.3%
Teacher 4.4%
Internship 3.9%
Volunteer 3.7%
Assistant 3.6%
Server 3.0%
Aide 2.5%
Nanny 2.1%

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Teacher Aide Assistant Demographics

Gender

Female

67.8%

Male

18.5%

Unknown

13.7%
Ethnicity

White

60.8%

Hispanic or Latino

17.2%

Black or African American

11.9%

Asian

6.6%

Unknown

3.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

66.7%

French

6.9%

Arabic

4.2%

Italian

3.2%

Japanese

3.2%

Hindi

1.9%

Korean

1.9%

Portuguese

1.9%

German

1.9%

Urdu

1.9%

Mandarin

0.9%

Russian

0.9%

Chinese

0.9%

Hebrew

0.9%

Swedish

0.5%

Telugu

0.5%

Vietnamese

0.5%

Gujarati

0.5%

Sanskrit

0.5%

Igbo

0.5%
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Teacher Aide Assistant Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

18.0%

Ashford University

9.1%

Ultimate Medical Academy - Clearwater

8.2%

Kaplan University

7.0%

Houston Community College

4.3%

Strayer University

4.0%

Montclair State University

4.0%

Essex County College

4.0%

Northern Virginia Community College

4.0%

Grand Canyon University

4.0%

Kean University

4.0%

Capella University

4.0%

Liberty University

3.7%

Michigan State University

3.7%

San Francisco State University

3.0%

Mercy College - Dobbs Ferry

3.0%

Walden University

3.0%

Arizona State University

3.0%

New York University

3.0%

Old Dominion University

3.0%
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Majors

Business

14.2%

Psychology

9.4%

Nursing

7.3%

Criminal Justice

7.2%

Medical Assisting Services

7.2%

Early Childhood Education

6.2%

Health Care Administration

5.7%

Education

5.6%

Liberal Arts

4.3%

Elementary Education

3.8%

General Studies

3.8%

Human Development

3.6%

Communication

3.3%

Social Work

2.9%

Human Services

2.9%

Special Education

2.7%

Nursing Assistants

2.6%

English

2.4%

Sociology

2.4%

Biology

2.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

32.0%

Other

31.4%

Associate

17.3%

Masters

8.8%

Certificate

6.1%

Diploma

3.0%

Doctorate

0.7%

License

0.6%
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Top Skills for A Teacher Aide Assistant

  1. Classroom Management
  2. OLD Children
  3. Lesson Plans
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Assisted grade-level teachers with classroom management, student monitoring and miscellaneous assignments.
  • Observed and cared for 2 - 5 year old children in a daycare setting.
  • Create developmentally appropriate lesson plans.
  • Assisted the classroom teacher by providing support during classroom activities and individual attention to students who required extra assistance.
  • Assist the classroom teacher by providing instructional services to students with disabilities individually, in small groups and/or test proctoring.

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