Teacher Assistants

Perform duties that are instructional in nature or deliver direct services to students or parents. Serve in a position for which a teacher has ultimate responsibility for the design and implementation of educational programs and services.

Median Annual Wage: $24,430

Education: Some college, no degree (31%); Bachelor's degree (20%); Post-secondary certificate (20%)

Projected Growth: Average (8% to 14%)

Related Job Titles: Paraprofessional; Teacher Assistant; Instructional Assistant; Special Education Teaching Assistant; Special Education Paraprofessional; Teacher Aide; Paraeducator; Teaching Assistant; Educational Technician; Instructional Aide

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Source: O*NET OnLine information for Teacher Assistants.

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  • Tutor and assist children individually or in small groups to help them master assignments and to reinforce learning concepts presented by teachers.
  • Supervise students in classrooms, halls, cafeterias, school yards, and gymnasiums, or on field trips.
  • Enforce administration policies and rules governing students.
  • Discuss assigned duties with classroom teachers to coordinate instructional efforts.
  • Instruct and monitor students in the use and care of equipment and materials to prevent injuries and damage.
  • Observe students' performance, and record relevant data to assess progress.
  • Present subject matter to students under the direction and guidance of teachers, using lectures, discussions, or supervised role-playing methods.
  • Prepare lesson materials, bulletin board displays, exhibits, equipment, and demonstrations.
  • Organize and supervise games and other recreational activities to promote physical, mental, and social development.
  • Distribute teaching materials such as textbooks, workbooks, papers, and pencils to students.
  • Organize and label materials and display students' work in a manner appropriate for their eye levels and perceptual skills.
  • Use computers, audio-visual aids, and other equipment and materials to supplement presentations.
  • Attend staff meetings and serve on committees, as required.
  • Type, file, and duplicate materials.
  • Laminate teaching materials to increase their durability under repeated use.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Teacher Assistants.

  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Teacher Assistants.

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