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Working As A Writing Assistant

  • 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 Writing 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 Writing 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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Writing Assistant Career Paths

Writing Assistant
Tutor Instructor Consultant
Account Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Tutor Team Leader Account Manager
Marketing Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Tutor Team Leader Owner
Marketing Director
7 Yearsyrs
Editor Technical Writer Project Manager
Principal
11 Yearsyrs
Editor Consultant Manager
Executive Director
10 Yearsyrs
Editor Consultant Assistant Manager
Communications Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Teacher Administrator Office Manager
Business Owner
6 Yearsyrs
Teacher Executive Assistant Property Manager
Communications Director
6 Yearsyrs
Teacher Kindergarten Teacher Lead Teacher
Center Director
7 Yearsyrs
Writer And Editor Executive Assistant Marketing Manager
Director Of Communications And Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
Writer And Editor Adjunct Professor
Assistant Principal
10 Yearsyrs
Writer And Editor Adjunct Professor Chairperson
Board Member
5 Yearsyrs
Instructor Team Leader Director
Education Director
7 Yearsyrs
Instructor Assistant Professor Chairperson
Chairperson, Board Of Directors
6 Yearsyrs
Substitute Teacher Account Executive Program Manager
Associate Director
8 Yearsyrs
Writing Tutor Content Writer Content Manager
Digital Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Fellow Senior Consultant Engagement Manager
Engagement Director
10 Yearsyrs
Substitute Teacher Third Grade Teacher Testing Coordinator
Test Administrator
6 Yearsyrs
English Instructor Grant Writer Grant Manager
Associate Director Of Development
8 Yearsyrs
Program Coordinator Educational Programs Coordinator Education Program Manager
Assistant Education Director
6 Yearsyrs
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Top Skills for A Writing Assistant

  1. Writing Process
  2. ESL
  3. APA
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Led one-on-one conferences with undergraduate and graduate students at various stages of writing process, assisted in editing academic essays
  • Help ESL students better understand reading and writing in English as well as acclimate to the academic environment and the institution.
  • Served in a personal and administrative capacity to support a Hollywood actress.
  • Presented and directed workshops on conducting research, peer review, MLA and avoiding plagiarism, and language awareness.
  • Performed secondary research to inform Dr. Bunting-Early s projects and publications using industry-specific databases.

Writing Assistant Demographics

Gender

Female

57.3%

Male

32.9%

Unknown

9.8%
Ethnicity

White

63.3%

Hispanic or Latino

14.4%

Black or African American

10.5%

Asian

7.6%

Unknown

4.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

50.4%

French

16.5%

Japanese

4.5%

Italian

4.5%

Russian

3.8%

Chinese

3.0%

German

3.0%

Greek

3.0%

Arabic

3.0%

Korean

2.3%

Portuguese

1.5%

Mandarin

1.5%

Filipino

0.8%

Vietnamese

0.8%

Tagalog

0.8%

Sanskrit

0.8%
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Writing Assistant Education

Schools

University of California - Santa Cruz

10.6%

University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire

9.2%

Oregon State University

7.3%

University of New Hampshire

6.4%

Monmouth University

6.0%

Bates College

6.0%

Muhlenberg College

5.5%

Florida International University

5.0%

University of Portland

5.0%

Hiram College

4.6%

Bowdoin College

3.7%

University of Nevada - Las Vegas

3.7%

State University of New York College at New Paltz

3.7%

University of Southern California

3.7%

Kennesaw State University

3.7%

New York University

3.2%

Immaculata University

3.2%

Pennsylvania State University

3.2%

Hope College

3.2%

Eastern University

3.2%
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Majors

English

26.1%

Writing

14.2%

Law

6.5%

Business

6.2%

Communication

5.9%

Psychology

4.9%

Liberal Arts

4.4%

Political Science

4.1%

History

3.2%

Biology

2.8%

Elementary Education

2.8%

Journalism

2.7%

General Education, Specific Areas

2.5%

Education

2.4%

Criminal Justice

2.4%

Fine Arts

1.8%

Public Health

1.8%

Public Relations

1.8%

Sociology

1.8%

Photography

1.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

50.9%

Masters

25.8%

Other

10.9%

Doctorate

6.2%

Associate

4.2%

Certificate

1.8%

License

0.2%
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