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Become A Teaching Associate

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Working As A Teaching Associate

  • Training and Teaching Others
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Coaching and Developing Others
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Deal with People

  • Make Decisions

  • Stressful

  • $54,890

    Average Salary

What Does A Teaching Associate Do At University of Rochester

* Teach groups of students in the school’s accelerated nursing program in labs and/or clinical settings
* Participate in program faculty meetings and faculty committees as needed or selected.
* Assist in student clinical assessments; grading of assignments, exams, and care plans.
* Serve as a resource/advisor/mentor for students and hold office hours as needed

How To Become A Teaching Associate

Kindergarten and elementary school teachers must have a bachelor’s degree. In addition, public school teachers must have a state-issued certification or license.


All states require public kindergarten and elementary school teachers to have at least a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. Some states also require kindergarten and elementary school teachers to major in a content area, such as math or science. They typically enroll in their college’s teacher preparation program and also take classes in education and child psychology in addition to those required by their major.

In teacher education programs, future teachers learn how to present information to young students and how to work with young students of varying abilities and backgrounds. Programs typically include fieldwork, such as student teaching. For information about teacher preparation programs in your state, visit teach.org.

Some states require all teachers to earn a master’s degree after receiving their teaching certification.

Private schools typically seek kindergarten and elementary school teachers who have a bachelor’s degree in elementary education.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

All states require teachers in public schools to be licensed or certified. Those who teach in private schools are generally not required to be licensed. Most states require teachers to pass a background check.

Kindergarten and elementary school teachers are typically certified to teach early childhood grades, which are usually preschool through third grade, or elementary school grades, which are usually first through sixth grades or first through eighth grades.

Requirements for certification vary by state. In addition to earning a bachelor’s degree, they are required to complete a teacher preparation program and supervised experience in teaching, typically gained through student teaching. Some states require a minimum grade point average. States often require candidates to pass a general teaching certification test, as well as a test that demonstrates their knowledge of the subject they will teach. Although kindergarten and elementary school teachers typically do not teach only a single subject, they may be required to pass a content area test to earn their certification. For information on certification requirements in your state, visit teach.org.

Teachers are frequently required to complete annual professional development classes to keep their license. Some states require teachers to complete a master’s degree after receiving their certification.

All states offer an alternative route to certification for people who already have a bachelor’s degree but lack the education courses required for certification. Some alternative certification programs allow candidates to begin teaching immediately after graduation, under the supervision of an experienced teacher. These programs cover teaching methods and child development. After they complete the program, candidates are awarded full certification. Other programs require students to take classes in education before they can teach. Students may be awarded a master’s degree after completing one of these programs.


In order to receive certification, teachers need to undergo a period of fieldwork, commonly referred to as student teaching. During student teaching, they work with a mentor teacher and get experience teaching students in a classroom setting. The amount of time required varies by state.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Teachers must collaborate with teacher assistants and special education teachers. In addition, they need to discuss students’ needs with parents and administrators.

Creativity. Kindergarten and elementary school teachers must plan lessons that engage young students, adapting the lessons to different learning styles.

Patience. Working with students of different abilities and backgrounds can be difficult. Kindergarten and elementary school teachers must respond with patience when students struggle with material.

Physical stamina. Working with kindergarten and elementary-aged students can be tiring. Teachers need to be able to physically, mentally, and emotionally keep up with the students.

Resourcefulness. Kindergarten and elementary school teachers need to be able to explain difficult concepts in terms that young students can understand. In addition, they must be able to get students engaged in learning and adapt their lessons to meet students’ needs.


Experienced teachers can advance to serve as mentors to newer teachers or to become lead teachers. In these roles, they help less experienced teachers to improve their teaching skills.

With additional education or certification, teachers may become school counselors, school librarians, or instructional coordinators. Some become assistant principals or principals, both of which generally require additional schooling in education administration or leadership.

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Teaching Associate Career Paths

Teaching Associate
Adjunct Professor Faculty Education Director
Academic Dean
10 Yearsyrs
Research Fellow Adjunct Instructor ESL Instructor
Academic Director
8 Yearsyrs
Instructor Case Manager Special Education Teacher
Assistant Principal
10 Yearsyrs
Assistant Professor Program Director Coach
Athletic Director
5 Yearsyrs
Research Associate Instructor Assistant Director
Center Director
7 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Faculty Assistant Professor Chairperson
5 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Faculty Faculty Assistant Professor
Department Chairperson
7 Yearsyrs
Research Associate Adjunct Instructor Instructor
Director Of Instruction
6 Yearsyrs
Professor Spanish Teacher Pre-K Teacher
Director Of Teacher Education
5 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Instructor Instructor
Education Director
7 Yearsyrs
Program Coordinator Outreach Coordinator Health Educator
Education Program Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Faculty Assistant Professor Education Director
Educational Program Director
6 Yearsyrs
Instructor Special Education Teacher Assistant Principal
Elementary School Principal
12 Yearsyrs
Lecturer Adjunct Faculty Assistant Principal
High School Principal
12 Yearsyrs
Lecturer Facilitator Assistant Principal
Middle School Principal
12 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Instructor English Instructor Instructor
Online Instructor
10 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Professor Associate Dean Education Director
School Director
7 Yearsyrs
Assistant Professor Department Chairperson Assistant Principal
School Principal
10 Yearsyrs
Faculty Dean Assistant Principal
Vice Principal
9 Yearsyrs
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  • Spanish

  • French

  • German

  • Mandarin

  • Chinese

  • Russian

  • Cantonese

  • Italian

  • Portuguese

  • Japanese

  • Arabic

  • Vietnamese

  • Korean

  • Swedish

  • Icelandic

  • Gujarati

  • Hindi

  • Danish

  • Bulgarian

  • Hungarian

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Real Teaching Associate Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Teaching Associate University of Washington Seattle, WA Apr 01, 2015 $115,008
Associate Chair and Non-Tenure Track Teaching Prof Curators of The University of Missouri Rolla, MO Jun 01, 2013 $90,000
Teaching Associate Training The Street Inc. New York, NY Oct 25, 2014 $80,000
Teaching Associate Training The Street Inc. New York, NY Jun 08, 2012 $70,000
Postdoctoral Teaching Associate Northeastern University Boston, MA Nov 11, 2014 $63,240 -
Teaching Associate DR. Richard Izquierdo Health and Science Charter School New York, NY Jan 07, 2016 $56,500
Lecturer/Post-Doctoral Teaching Associate The University of Tennessee Knoxville, TN Aug 01, 2016 $52,520
Lecturer/Post-Doctoral Teaching Associate The University of Tennessee Knoxville, TN Jan 08, 2016 $52,520
Lecturer/Post-Doctoral Teaching Associate The University of Tennessee Knoxville, TN Jan 05, 2015 $52,000
Lecturer/Post-Doctoral Teaching Associate The University of Tennessee Knoxville, TN May 01, 2015 $52,000
Teaching Associate Kansas State University Manhattan, KS May 17, 2016 $50,000
Postdoctoral Teaching Associate Washington University In St. Louis Saint Louis, MO Jan 07, 2016 $45,000
Teaching Associate The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Knoxville, TN Aug 01, 2009 $45,000
Post-Doctoral Teaching Associate Central Michigan University Mount Pleasant, MI Jul 27, 2011 $44,060
Post-Doctoral Teaching Associate Central Michigan University Mount Pleasant, MI Aug 02, 2011 $44,060
Research/Teaching Associate: Pharmaceutical Scienc University of Maryland Eastern Shore Princess Anne, MD Aug 26, 2016 $42,973

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Top Skills for A Teaching Associate


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Top Teaching Associate Skills

  1. Laboratory Courses
  2. Course Syllabus
  3. Molecular Biology
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Key Functions: Educating students in basic & advance general chemistry laboratory courses.
  • Constructed and modified course syllabus in accordance with State/Department standards.
  • Instructed students in the Biology 203L (Principles of Molecular Biology) and Biology 100L (General Biology) laboratory courses
  • Assisted professors in lesson plans, lectures and demonstrations for Graphic Design II and III.
  • Assist teaching Mathematics for Elementary Teachers Tutor students in course material

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