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Become A Teacher Aide

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Working As A Teacher Aide

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Thinking Creatively
  • $30,180

    Average Salary

What Does A Teacher Aide Do

A Teacher Aide assists the classroom teacher in preparing lesson plans and instructing students. They operate equipment, such as projectors and computers, for instructional purposes.

How To Become A Teacher Aide

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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Teacher Aide Demographic

Gender

  • Female

    81.8%
  • Male

    16.3%
  • Unknown

    1.9%

Ethnicity

  • White

    77.6%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    14.0%
  • Asian

    6.4%
  • Unknown

    1.5%
  • Black or African American

    0.5%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    68.0%
  • French

    7.5%
  • Portuguese

    2.6%
  • Mandarin

    2.3%
  • Italian

    2.3%
  • German

    2.1%
  • Arabic

    2.0%
  • Chinese

    1.9%
  • Japanese

    1.5%
  • Russian

    1.4%
  • Korean

    1.2%
  • Cantonese

    1.1%
  • Hindi

    1.0%
  • Vietnamese

    1.0%
  • Tagalog

    0.9%
  • Hmong

    0.7%
  • Greek

    0.7%
  • Urdu

    0.7%
  • Polish

    0.6%
  • Thai

    0.5%
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Real Teacher Aide Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Teacher's Aide The Good Shepherd of Little Ones Kearny, NJ Aug 10, 2012 $27,627
Teacher's Aide Good Shepherd of The Little Ones Kearny, NJ Jun 06, 2011 $27,187
Teacher's Aide Sunita's Montessori School, LLC Salt Lake City, UT Oct 12, 2007 $27,089
Teacher Aide I Winchester School District NH Mar 01, 2011 $22,101
Teacher Aide West Carroll Parish School Board Oak Grove, LA Jul 18, 2011 $20,870
Teacher's Aide Montessori Preparatory School Tampa, FL Jan 27, 2011 $20,293
Teachers Aide Paradise Daycare Center Lauderdale Lakes, FL Nov 16, 2009 $19,827
Teachers Aide Iglesia de DIOS Jesuecristoes El Senor, Inc. Miami, FL Mar 23, 2009 $18,470

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Top Skills for A Teacher Aide

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Top Teacher Aide Skills

  1. Class Activities
  2. Weekly Lesson Plans
  3. Child Care
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Assist classroom teacher in weekly unit lessons as well as daily class activities.
  • Assist teacher with weekly lesson plans and child observation.
  • Assist primary teacher in various child care rooms (baby, toddler, school age).
  • Helped special needs children with their classwork, by guiding them and explaining to them what they needed to do.
  • Assisted Instructor in preparing projects, small groups lessons, decorating the classroom.

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