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Working As A Teacher Associate

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Thinking Creatively
  • $38,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Teacher Associate 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 Associate

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 Associate Career Paths

Teacher Associate
Teacher Consultant Project Manager
Principal
11 Yearsyrs
Teacher Kindergarten Teacher Lead Teacher
Center Director
7 Yearsyrs
Teacher Adjunct Professor
Assistant Principal
10 Yearsyrs
Substitute Teacher Adjunct Professor Assistant Principal
Elementary School Principal
12 Yearsyrs
Substitute Teacher Kindergarten Teacher Lead Teacher
Lead Pre-K Teacher
5 Yearsyrs
Substitute Teacher Instructor Adjunct Professor
Department Chairperson
7 Yearsyrs
Preschool Teacher Kindergarten Teacher Lead Teacher
Education Director
7 Yearsyrs
Preschool Teacher Consultant Principal
Athletic Director
5 Yearsyrs
Nanny Administrator Assistant Principal
School Principal
10 Yearsyrs
Preschool Teacher Administrator Assistant Principal
Vice Principal
8 Yearsyrs
Nanny Team Leader Assistant Director
School Director
6 Yearsyrs
Tutor Lead Instructor Education Director
Campus Director
7 Yearsyrs
Head Teacher Special Education Teacher Special Education Supervisor
Director Of Special Education
11 Yearsyrs
Special Education Teacher Clinician House Manager
Home Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Nanny Preschool Lead Teacher
Child Care Director
5 Yearsyrs
Head Teacher Special Education Teacher Early Childhood Special Educator
Early Childhood Specialist
5 Yearsyrs
Head Teacher Education Consultant Elementary School Principal
Curriculum Director
8 Yearsyrs
Co-Teacher Preschool Lead Teacher Center Director
Early Head Start Director
7 Yearsyrs
Co-Teacher Preschool Lead Teacher Child Care Director
Child Care Center Director
6 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Teacher 3.9 years
Group Teacher 3.9 years
Master Teacher 3.6 years
Head Teacher 3.4 years
Head Start Teacher 3.0 years
Lead Teacher 2.8 years
Preschool Teacher 2.7 years
Pre-K Teacher 2.7 years
Teacher Assistant 2.0 years
Teacher Associate 2.0 years
Co-Teacher 1.7 years
Helper Teacher 1.5 years
Teacher Internship 0.8 years
Top Careers Before Teacher Associate
Teacher 10.0%
Cashier 9.6%
Internship 7.2%
Volunteer 4.8%
Tutor 3.2%
Nanny 2.2%
Top Careers After Teacher Associate
Teacher 18.0%
Lead Teacher 10.7%
Internship 5.0%
Cashier 4.6%
Nanny 4.1%
Volunteer 3.7%
Tutor 2.5%
Director 2.2%

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Average Yearly Salary
$38,000
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$27,000
Min 10%
$38,000
Median 50%
$38,000
Median 50%
$38,000
Median 50%
$38,000
Median 50%
$38,000
Median 50%
$38,000
Median 50%
$38,000
Median 50%
$53,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Directed Electronics
Highest Paying City
Jersey City, NJ
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
2.4 years
How much does a Teacher Associate make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Teacher Associate in the United States is $38,401 per year or $18 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $27,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $53,000.

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 -
$51,653
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

  1. Child Care
  2. Classroom Management
  3. Lesson Plans
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  • Participated in state required child care development hour training courses throughout the year.
  • Attended professional development workshops - Developed and maintained classroom management by implementing classroom rules and consequences.
  • Developed age appropriate lesson plans; formulated to target specific objectives.
  • Designed and implemented a developmentally appropriate curriculum according to guidelines established by Bright Horizons and the National Association for the
  • Improved classroom communication by developing and organizing student presentations designed to improve the social skills of special needs students.

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Top 10 Best States for Teacher Associates

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  2. Connecticut
  3. California
  4. Alaska
  5. New York
  6. Maryland
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Teacher Associate Demographics

Gender

Female

74.4%

Male

15.7%

Unknown

10.0%
Ethnicity

White

59.4%

Hispanic or Latino

18.7%

Black or African American

10.3%

Asian

7.9%

Unknown

3.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

70.9%

French

6.7%

Korean

2.7%

Russian

2.2%

Cantonese

1.8%

Chinese

1.8%

Japanese

1.8%

Arabic

1.8%

Hindi

1.3%

Swedish

0.9%

Hmong

0.9%

Mandarin

0.9%

Filipino

0.9%

Greek

0.9%

Italian

0.9%

Portuguese

0.9%

German

0.9%

Urdu

0.9%

Vietnamese

0.4%

Romanian

0.4%
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Teacher Associate Education

Schools

Texas Southern University

13.6%

University of Phoenix

12.9%

University of Houston

10.7%

Prairie View A & M University

6.3%

Ashford University

6.2%

East Los Angeles College

4.4%

Grand Canyon University

4.1%

Kaplan University

3.8%

California State University - Los Angeles

3.7%

Kean University

3.5%

Southern New Hampshire University

3.5%

San Diego State University

3.4%

University of Houston - Downtown

3.2%

Kirkwood Community College

3.2%

Touro College

3.2%

Walden University

3.1%

Mercy College - Dobbs Ferry

2.9%

University of Northern Iowa

2.8%

San Jose State University

2.8%

San Francisco State University

2.6%
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Majors

Early Childhood Education

16.0%

Human Development

12.9%

Psychology

9.9%

Elementary Education

8.1%

Business

7.9%

Education

6.7%

Special Education

4.5%

Liberal Arts

4.0%

Human Services

3.3%

Criminal Justice

3.3%

Sociology

3.1%

Social Work

2.9%

Communication

2.7%

Health Care Administration

2.4%

English

2.3%

Medical Assisting Services

2.3%

Nursing

2.1%

Counseling Psychology

1.9%

General Education, Specific Areas

1.8%

School Counseling

1.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

38.4%

Masters

20.2%

Other

19.9%

Associate

14.5%

Certificate

4.3%

Doctorate

1.5%

Diploma

0.8%

License

0.3%
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