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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

Kindergarten and elementary school teachers prepare younger students for future schooling by teaching them basic subjects such as math and reading. 

Duties

Kindergarten and elementary school teachers typically do the following:

  • Create lesson plans to teach students subjects, such as reading, science, social studies, and math
  • Teach students how to study and communicate with others
  • Observe students to evaluate their abilities, strengths, and weaknesses
  • Teach lessons they have planned to an entire class of students or to smaller groups
  • Grade students’ assignments to monitor their progress
  • Communicate with parents about their child’s progress
  • Work with students individually to help them overcome specific learning challenges
  • Prepare students for standardized tests required by the state
  • Develop and enforce classroom rules to teach children proper behavior
  • Supervise children outside of the classroom—for example, during lunchtime or recess

Kindergarten and elementary school teachers help students learn and apply important concepts. Many teachers use a hands-on approach to help students understand abstract concepts, solve problems, and develop critical thinking skills. For example, they may demonstrate how to do a science experiment and then have the students conduct the experiment themselves. They may have students work together to learn how to collaborate to solve problems.

Kindergarten and elementary school teachers generally teach kindergarten through fourth or fifth grade. However, in some schools, elementary school teachers may teach sixth, seventh, and eighth grade. They typically teach students several subjects throughout the day.

Some teachers may teach in a multilevel classroom that includes students across two or more grades. They may teach the same group of students for several years.

Kindergarten and elementary school students spend most of their day in one classroom. Teachers may escort students to assemblies; to classes taught by other teachers, such as art or music; or to recess. While students are away from the classroom, teachers plan lessons, grade assignments, or meet with other teachers and staff.

In some schools, teachers may work in subject specialization teams in which they teach one or two specific subjects, either English and social studies or math and science. Generally, students spend half their time with one teacher and half their time with the other.

Some kindergarten and elementary school teachers teach special classes, such as art, music, and physical education.

Some schools employ teachers of English as a second language (ESL) or English for speakers of other languages (ESOL). Both of these types of teachers work exclusively with students who are learning the English language, often referred to as English language learners (ELLs). The teachers work with students individually or in groups to help them improve their English language skills and to help them with assignments from other classes.

Students with learning disabilities or emotional or behavioral disorders are often taught in traditional classes. Kindergarten and elementary teachers work with special education teachers to adapt lesson plans to these students’ needs and monitor the students’ progress. In some cases, kindergarten and elementary school teachers may co-teach lessons with special education teachers.

Some teachers maintain websites to communicate with parents about students’ assignments, upcoming events, and grades. For students in higher grades, teachers may create websites or discussion boards to present information or to expand on a lesson taught in class.

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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.

Education

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.

Training

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.

Advancement

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
Dean
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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Teaching Associate Demographics

Gender

Female

53.2%

Male

41.3%

Unknown

5.5%
Ethnicity

White

69.6%

Asian

16.1%

Hispanic or Latino

10.1%

Unknown

3.1%

Black or African American

1.3%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

34.5%

French

15.5%

German

9.5%

Mandarin

6.8%

Chinese

5.4%

Russian

4.7%

Cantonese

4.1%

Italian

2.7%

Portuguese

2.7%

Japanese

2.7%

Arabic

2.7%

Vietnamese

2.0%

Korean

2.0%

Swedish

0.7%

Icelandic

0.7%

Gujarati

0.7%

Hindi

0.7%

Danish

0.7%

Bulgarian

0.7%

Hungarian

0.7%
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Teaching Associate Education

Schools

San Diego State University

11.3%

University of California - Los Angeles

8.2%

Arizona State University

7.4%

Ohio State University

7.1%

California State University - Northridge

7.1%

San Jose State University

6.1%

California State University - Fresno

4.7%

California State University - Chico

4.5%

University of Massachusetts Amherst

4.5%

Humboldt State University

4.2%

University of California - Santa Barbara

4.2%

Ohio University -

4.0%

California State University - Fullerton

4.0%

California State University - Long Beach

4.0%

University of Washington

3.4%

California State University - Los Angeles

3.4%

Syracuse University

3.2%

California State Polytechnic University - Pomona

3.2%

University of Arizona

2.9%

Miami University

2.6%
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Majors

English

12.5%

Biology

8.5%

Chemistry

6.7%

Communication

6.5%

Mathematics

6.5%

Psychology

6.2%

Nursing

4.9%

Education

4.9%

Writing

4.8%

Physics

4.2%

Business

4.0%

Political Science

4.0%

History

3.9%

Electrical Engineering

3.7%

Geology

3.7%

Kinesiology

3.5%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

3.0%

Sociology

3.0%

Linguistics

2.8%

Elementary Education

2.6%
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Degrees

Masters

49.6%

Doctorate

22.1%

Bachelors

14.8%

Other

8.6%

Certificate

2.7%

Associate

1.7%

License

0.3%

Diploma

0.2%
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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
Teaching Associate Professor Stevens Institute of Technology Hoboken, NJ Jan 01, 2016 $105,000
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 -
$73,000
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
Teaching Associate Professor, Epics Colorado School of Mines Golden, CO Apr 15, 2016 $46,410 -
$69,176
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

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Top Skills for A Teaching Associate

LaboratoryCoursesCourseSyllabusMolecularBiologyLessonPlansWeeklyOfficeHoursMathematicsLanguageOrganicChemistryMethodsHistoryLiteratureTopicsCoursesTaughtPublicSpeakingIntermediateAlgebraPrinciplesCourseMaterialSmallGroupPhysicsTheory

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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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