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Working As A Teacher Assistant

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Thinking Creatively
  • $28,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Teacher 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 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
Head Teacher 3.4 years
Preschool Teacher 2.7 years
Teacher Associate 2.4 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 Teacher Assistant
Cashier 15.6%
Internship 8.2%
Volunteer 6.7%
Teacher 6.5%
Tutor 3.5%
Assistant 3.4%
Server 2.9%
Secretary 2.2%
Hostess 2.0%
Top Careers After Teacher Assistant
Cashier 11.7%
Teacher 10.0%
Internship 7.9%
Volunteer 5.0%
Server 3.4%
Tutor 3.1%
Nanny 3.0%
Assistant 3.0%

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Teacher Assistant Demographics

Gender

Female

67.8%

Male

19.1%

Unknown

13.0%
Ethnicity

White

57.7%

Hispanic or Latino

18.9%

Black or African American

11.8%

Asian

7.7%

Unknown

3.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

61.2%

French

7.8%

Chinese

4.0%

Mandarin

3.6%

Arabic

2.9%

Portuguese

2.3%

Italian

2.3%

Russian

2.1%

Japanese

2.1%

German

2.0%

Cantonese

2.0%

Korean

1.7%

Hindi

1.3%

Vietnamese

0.9%

Urdu

0.8%

Hebrew

0.7%

Polish

0.6%

Tagalog

0.6%

Greek

0.5%

Hmong

0.5%
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Teacher Assistant Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

15.9%

Ashford University

9.3%

Grand Canyon University

7.4%

Liberty University

6.7%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

5.3%

Kaplan University

4.8%

California State University - Los Angeles

4.5%

Brigham Young University

4.5%

Kean University

4.1%

Montclair State University

4.0%

Touro College

3.6%

The Academy

3.6%

Strayer University

3.5%

Essex County College

3.5%

Capella University

3.3%

Pennsylvania State University

3.3%

New York University

3.2%

California State University - Northridge

3.2%

Arizona State University

3.2%

Miami Dade College

3.1%
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Majors

Psychology

11.7%

Business

11.0%

Early Childhood Education

9.2%

Education

6.5%

Elementary Education

6.4%

Criminal Justice

5.1%

Human Development

5.1%

Nursing

5.0%

Medical Assisting Services

5.0%

Health Care Administration

3.8%

Liberal Arts

3.7%

Special Education

3.6%

Social Work

3.6%

Biology

3.5%

Sociology

3.1%

English

3.1%

Communication

3.0%

General Studies

2.9%

Human Services

2.7%

Accounting

2.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

40.0%

Other

25.0%

Masters

14.4%

Associate

12.4%

Certificate

4.4%

Diploma

1.8%

Doctorate

1.4%

License

0.4%
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Highest Paying City
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Highest Paying State
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Avg Experience Level
1.9 years
How much does a Teacher Assistant make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Teacher Assistant in the United States is $28,676 per year or $14 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $21,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $38,000.

Real Teacher Assistant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Engineering Teachers Postsecondary (Assistant Professor) University of Washington Seattle, WA Feb 11, 2010 $112,800
Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary (Assistant Professor) University of Washington Seattle, WA Mar 23, 2010 $110,004
Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary (Assistant Professor) University of Washington Seattle, WA Jul 02, 2010 $92,004
Health Specialites Teachers, Post Secondary (Assistant Professor) Long Island University New York, NY Nov 06, 2009 $88,400
Health Specialties Teacher, Postsecondary (Occupational Safety & Health Assistant Professor) Grand Valley State University Grand Rapids, MI Jan 14, 2011 $74,000
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
Teacher Assistant Hawaii Department of Education Urban Honolulu, HI Aug 29, 2011 $46,811
Teacher Assistant The Learning Skills Academy Rye, NH Oct 01, 2011 $42,470
Teacher Assistant The Learning Skills Academy Rye, NH Oct 01, 2011 $41,740 -
$52,175
Teacher Assistant Michigan Technological University Houghton, MI Mar 05, 2011 $36,773
Teacher Assistant Michigan Technological University Houghton, MI May 07, 2011 $36,773
Infant Teacher Assistant Nanda Inc. Rockville, MD Jul 23, 2015 $30,408
Teacher Assistant Rosel School of Cosmetology Chicago, IL Dec 28, 2007 $30,243
Teacher Assistant Mary McLeod Bethune Day Academy PCS Washington, DC Aug 17, 2010 $30,000
Teacher Assistant Coppin State University Baltimore, MD Jul 30, 2010 $30,000
Teacher Assistant Coppin State University Baltimore, MD Aug 29, 2010 $30,000
Teacher Assistants Arkansas Tech University Russellville, AR Feb 03, 2011 $29,920
Teacher Assistants Arkansas Tech University Russellville, AR May 25, 2010 $29,920
Teacher Assistants Sojourner Truth Academy Minneapolis, MN Apr 30, 2009 $29,800
Teacher Assistant International Immersion Center Austin, TX Dec 29, 2016 $24,320
Teacher Assistant Mountain View Montessori School Reno, NV Mar 07, 2011 $24,133
Teacher Assistant Big Ideas for Small People II, LLC Doral, FL Mar 15, 2015 $24,000
Teacher Assistants Camphill Special School PA Feb 20, 2009 $24,000
Teacher Assistant Sotreza LLC North Bay Village, FL Aug 01, 2014 $24,000
Teacher Assistants Camphill Special School PA Jun 17, 2008 $24,000
Teacher Assistant Su Escuela Language Academy LLC Hingham, MA Aug 10, 2015 $24,000

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Top Skills for A Teacher Assistant

  1. Class Activities
  2. Lesson Plans
  3. Classroom Management
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Created and planned extra-curricular class activities.
  • Assisted in creating lesson plans for students that struggled with their behavior, academics, and social identities within the class.
  • Developed proficiency in individualized interaction, time management, organization, and classroom management.
  • Assisted with delivering child development information to military parents and family Child Care Providers.
  • Tutor and assist children individually or in small groups to help master assignments and to reinforce learning concepts presented by teachers.

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Top 10 Best States for Teacher Assistants

  1. Alaska
  2. Connecticut
  3. Vermont
  4. Massachusetts
  5. New Hampshire
  6. Nevada
  7. Washington
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  9. Delaware
  10. Rhode Island
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