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Become A Teacher Associate

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Working As A Teacher Associate

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • $41,150

    Average Salary

What Does A Teacher Associate Do At Achievement First

* Support outstanding academic achievement and student character developmentCreate a positive, achievement-oriented and structured learning environment that excites and invests students as they reach their full potential
* Build classroom community and relationships with families, participating in a powerful team that ensures all students make outstanding academic progress
* Support individual students through one-on-one tutoring or small group instructionSupport lead teachers in one or more subject with grading, preparation of class materials and classroom management- taking on more teaching responsibility throughout the year as appropriateAssist the lead homeroom teacher in running a structured homeroom in the morning and serve as an advisor to 5
* students Professional learning, development and growthCollaborate with coach to evaluate and improve mastery of instruction, culture building, and leadership skillsAttend weekly team planning and data analysis meetings, and informal learning and development opportunities, in support of constant growth
* Observe high-performing teachers throughout the school to sharpen your pedagogical knowledgeSkills and CharacteristicsA commitment to Achievement First s mission, deep love of content, and an unwavering belief that all students can and will succeed
* Strong instructional and classroom management skills
* High level of personal organization and planning
* Team player: maturity, humility, strong work ethic, follow-through, sense of humor, willingness to respond positively to feedback and a roll-up-my-sleeves attitude
* Mastery of and enthusiasm for subject matter
* Educational Background and Work ExperienceBachelor s degree with a GPA of at least 3
* from a competitive college or university
* Achievement First is an equal opportunity employer and an organization that values diversity.
* People from all diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.
* Spanish language proficiency is a plus.
* You can learn more about diversity at Achievement First here: Associated topics: assist, clerk, counselor, counsel, guidance, receptionist, school counselor, scriptwriter, slp, speech language

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How To Become A Teacher Associate

Education and training requirements vary based on settings and state regulations. They range from a high school diploma and certification to a college degree.


In childcare centers, preschool teachers generally are required to have a least a high school diploma and a certification in early childhood education. However, employers may prefer to hire workers with at least some postsecondary education in early childhood education.

Preschool teachers in Head Start programs are required to have at least an associate’s degree. However, at least 50 percent of all preschool teachers in Head Start programs nationwide must have a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education or a related field. Those with a degree in a related field must have experience teaching preschool-age children.

In public schools, preschool teachers are generally required to have at least a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education or a related field. Bachelor’s degree programs teach students about children’s development, strategies to teach young children, and how to observe and document children’s progress.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Some states require preschool teachers to obtain the Child Development Associate (CDA) credential offered by the Council for Professional Recognition. Obtaining the CDA credential requires coursework, experience in the field, a written exam, and observation of the candidate working with children. The CDA credential is valid for three years and requires renewal.

Some states recognize the Certified Childcare Professional (CCP) designation offered by the National Early Childhood Program Accreditation. Some of the requirements needed to obtain the CCP include that the candidate must be 18 years old, have a high school diploma, have experience in the field, take courses in early childhood education, and pass an exam. The CCP accreditation requires renewal every two years through the CCP maintenance process.

In public schools, preschool teachers must be licensed to teach early childhood education, which covers preschool through third grade. Requirements vary by state, but they generally require a bachelor’s degree and passing an exam to demonstrate competency. Most states require teachers to complete continuing education credits to maintain their license.

Other Experience

A few states require preschool teachers to have some work experience in a childcare setting. The amount of experience necessary varies by state. In these cases, preschool teachers often start out as childcare workers or teacher assistants.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Preschool teachers need good communication skills to talk to parents and colleagues about students’ progress. They need good writing and speaking skills to convey this information effectively. They must also be able to communicate well with small children.

Creativity. Preschool teachers must plan lessons that engage young students. In addition, they need to adapt their lessons to suit different learning styles.

Interpersonal skills. Preschool teachers must understand children’s emotional needs and be able to develop good relationships with parents, children, and colleagues.

Organizational skills. Teachers need to be organized to plan lessons and keep records of their students.

Patience. Working with children can be frustrating, and preschool teachers should be able to respond calmly to overwhelming and difficult situations.

Physical stamina. Working with children can be physically taxing, so preschool teachers should have a lot of energy.


Experienced preschool teachers can advance to become the director of a preschool or childcare center or a lead teacher, who may be responsible for the instruction of several classes. Those with a bachelor's degree in early childhood education frequently are qualified to teach kindergarten through grade 3, in addition to preschool. Teaching positions at these higher grades typically pay more. For more information, see the profiles on preschool and childcare center directors and kindergarten and elementary school teachers.

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Real Teacher Associate Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Associate Teacher New Covenant Christian Middle and High School New York, NY Jan 01, 2012 $52,175
Associate Teacher New Covenant Faith & Miracle Arena Inc. New York, NY Jan 01, 2012 $52,175
Associate Teacher New Covenant Faith & Miracle Arena Inc. New York, NY Oct 01, 2012 $52,175
Associate Teacher The Cathedral School of St. John The Divinen/ New York, NY Oct 01, 2013 $50,817
Associate Teacher The Cathedral School of St. John The Divine New York, NY Oct 01, 2013 $50,817
Associate Teacher St. Luke's School New York, NY Aug 22, 2013 $50,252
Teacher Associate III Dixon Montessori Charter School Dixon, CA Feb 09, 2011 $47,145
Teacher Associate III Dixon Montessori Charter School Dixon, CA Sep 27, 2010 $47,145
Teacher Associate III Dixon Montessori Charter School Dixon, CA Mar 14, 2011 $44,224 -
Associate Teacher Westland School Los Angeles, CA Jul 01, 2010 $43,702
Associate Teacher The International Preschools New York, NY May 26, 2010 $41,150
Associate Teacher The Chapin School New York, NY Dec 01, 2011 $40,100
Associate Teacher The Chapin School New York, NY Jan 04, 2010 $40,100
Associate Teacher The International Preschools New York, NY May 26, 2011 $40,000
Associate Teacher Girls Preparatory Charter School of New York New York, NY Nov 10, 2010 $40,000
Associate Teacher Christ Church Day School New York, NY Sep 28, 2009 $39,949
Associate Teacher Christ Church Day School New York, NY Sep 01, 2009 $39,949

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Top Skills for A Teacher Associate


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Top Teacher Associate Skills

  1. Classroom Management
  2. Weekly Lesson Plans
  3. Appropriate Curriculum
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Attended conferences for continuing education on Classroom Management Strategies and Curriculum Instruction.
  • Develop weekly lesson plans that incorporate children's Individualized
  • Assisted in the design and implementation of a developmentally appropriate curriculum.
  • Structured classroom activities and developed Montessori style lesson plans that met child development goals and fostered creative learning.
  • Instruct preschool children in broad range of subjects with emphasis on reading.

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Teacher Associate Videos

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