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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
  • $25,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Teacher Aide 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

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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$25,000
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Highest Paying City
Oakland, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
1.9 years
How much does a Teacher Aide make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Teacher Aide in the United States is $25,062 per year or $12 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $20,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $31,000.

The largest raises come from changing jobs.

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Real Teacher Aide Salaries

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Teacher's Aide The Good Shepherd of Little Ones Aug 10, 2012 $27,627
Teacher's Aide Good Shepherd of The Little Ones Jun 06, 2011 $27,187
Teacher's Aide Sunita's Montessori School, LLC Oct 12, 2007 $27,089
Teacher Aide I Winchester School District Mar 01, 2011 $22,101
Teacher Aide West Carroll Parish School Board Jul 18, 2011 $20,870
Teacher's Aide Montessori Preparatory School Jan 27, 2011 $20,293
Teachers Aide Paradise Daycare Center Nov 16, 2009 $19,827

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Top Skills for A Teacher Aide

  1. Class Activities
  2. Lesson Plans
  3. Child Care
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provided support for homework and in-class activities one-on-one with students.
  • Provided academic instruction and prepared lesson plans according to specified topics.
  • Collaborated with center Director to coordinate daily center operations by enforcing all child care regulations.
  • Keep teacher informed immediately of special needs or problems of individual students to include parental or general education concerns.
  • Provided classroom management and support in implementing a developmentally appropriate curriculum for classrooms of up to 25 preschool and school-age children.

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Teacher Aide Resume Examples And Tips

The average resume reviewer spends between 5 to 7 seconds looking at a single resume, which leaves the average job applier with roughly six seconds to make a killer first impression. Thanks to this, a single typo or error on your resume can disqualify you right out of the gate. At Zippia, we went through over 65,046 Teacher Aide resumes and compiled some information about how best to optimize them. Here are some suggestions based on what we found, divided by the individual sections of the resume itself.

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Teacher Aide Demographics

Gender

Female

75.9%

Male

20.0%

Unknown

4.2%
Ethnicity

White

60.1%

Hispanic or Latino

18.1%

Black or African American

11.7%

Asian

6.3%

Unknown

3.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

71.4%

French

6.3%

Portuguese

2.5%

Italian

2.3%

German

2.2%

Arabic

2.1%

Mandarin

1.7%

Chinese

1.5%

Japanese

1.5%

Hindi

1.1%

Russian

1.1%

Cantonese

1.0%

Korean

1.0%

Urdu

0.7%

Hmong

0.7%

Vietnamese

0.7%

Greek

0.7%

Tagalog

0.6%

Polish

0.5%

Hebrew

0.4%
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Teacher Aide Education

Schools

Ashford University

10.5%

Grand Canyon University

6.4%

Liberty University

6.1%

Essex County College

5.8%

Kaplan University

5.8%

Everest Institute

5.6%

Montclair State University

5.2%

Northern Illinois University

4.9%

University of the District of Columbia

4.9%

Monroe Community College

4.8%

Mercy College - Dobbs Ferry

4.5%

Miami Dade College

4.2%

Monroe College

4.1%

Kean University

4.1%

Pennsylvania State University

4.0%

Arizona State University

3.9%

Florida State University

3.9%

Prince George's Community College

3.8%

Community College of Philadelphia

3.7%

New Jersey City University

3.7%
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Majors

Psychology

11.2%

Business

10.5%

Early Childhood Education

8.9%

Medical Assisting Services

6.5%

Elementary Education

6.5%

Nursing

5.9%

Criminal Justice

5.9%

Education

5.7%

Liberal Arts

4.8%

General Studies

4.6%

Human Development

4.6%

Health Care Administration

4.5%

Social Work

3.3%

Human Services

2.9%

Sociology

2.5%

English

2.5%

Special Education

2.4%

Accounting

2.4%

Communication

2.3%

Biology

2.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

34.9%

High School Diploma

26.4%

Associate

19.2%

Certificate

7.4%

Masters

5.9%

Diploma

5.2%

License

0.6%

Doctorate

0.2%
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