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Teacher assistants work under a teacher’s supervision to give students additional attention and instruction.Duties
Teacher assistants typically do the following:
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.
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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Hispanic or Latino13.8%
Black or African American0.6%
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University of Phoenix13.6%
Grand Canyon University9.5%
University of North Carolina at Greensboro4.5%
Northern Virginia Community College3.9%
Montclair State University3.7%
Essex County College3.6%
Brigham Young University3.6%
Southern New Hampshire University3.5%
Virginia Commonwealth University3.5%
Jackson State University3.3%
University of Central Florida3.3%
California State University - Los Angeles3.0%
Southern Connecticut State University3.0%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Health Specialties Teacher, Postsecondary (Occupational Safety & Health Assistant Professor)||Grand Valley State University||Grand Rapids, MI||Jan 14, 2011||$74,000|
|Assistant Teacher||La Escuelita Inc.||NY||Sep 16, 2013||$70,916|
|Assistant Teacher||The Brick Church School||New York, NY||Aug 20, 2014||$68,871|
|Assistant Teacher||Manhattan Country School||New York, NY||Nov 01, 2016||$59,057|
|Music Director & Teacher Assistant||Ready, Set, Play! Inc.||New York, NY||Jun 15, 2013||$52,175|
|Teacher Assistant||Gallaudet University||Washington, DC||Jun 01, 2011||$48,960|
|Assistant Teacher||Chinese-American Planning Council, Inc.||NY||Jan 14, 2014||$47,312|
|Assistant Teacher||Chinese-American Planning Council, Inc.||NY||Jan 14, 2014||$47,160|
|Teacher Assistant||Hawaii Department of Education||Urban Honolulu, HI||Aug 29, 2011||$46,811|
|Teacher Assistant (Pre-School)||Spider Smart Learning Center, C/O Suk Jin Hong||Centreville, VA||Mar 03, 2016||$35,300|
|Assistant Teacher||Marymount School of New York||New York, NY||Apr 01, 2011||$35,000|
|Music Director & Teacher Assistant||Ready, Set, Play Inc.||New York, NY||May 13, 2013||$35,000|
|Assistant Teacher||The International Preschools||New York, NY||Sep 11, 2015||$34,000|
|Teacher Assistants||Arbor Bay School||San Carlos, CA||Feb 05, 2014||$33,470|
|Assistant Teacher||Malta Montessori School Inc.||Malta, NY||Dec 01, 2011||$33,280|
|Assistant Teacher||The Malta Montessori School||Malta, NY||Dec 01, 2011||$33,280|
|Teacher Assistant||Academy of St. Joseph||New York, NY||Jan 06, 2014||$32,098|
|Assistant Teacher||Wilshire Boulevard Temple||Los Angeles, CA||Aug 17, 2015||$28,000|
|Teacher Assistant||Institute of Audio Research, LLC||New York, NY||Jan 26, 2012||$27,715|
|Assistant Teacher||Madison Area YMCA-Kirby Center||Madison, NJ||Mar 19, 2013||$27,456|
|Assistant Teacher||Madison Area YMCA-Kirby Center||Madison, NJ||Mar 09, 2013||$27,456|
|Assistant Teacher||Montclare Children's School||New York, NY||Aug 29, 2012||$27,277|
|Teacher Assistants||F & D Academy, Inc.||Bergenfield, NJ||Mar 10, 2011||$27,187|
|Teacher Assistant||Su Escuela Language Academy LLC||Hingham, MA||Jan 12, 2016||$27,000 -
|Assistant Teacher||Greene Hill School||New York, NY||Aug 01, 2012||$27,000|
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