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What Does a Teacher’s Assistant Do?

Written by Autumn Granza on Monday, 17 August 2020. Posted in Career

Students in a classroom.

Teacher’s assistants support teachers and help students learn the course material that’s presented. They may monitor student’s progress, help grade, and check homework. Also called teacher aides, their responsibilities may vary depending on the school.

What does a teacher's assistant do?

Teacher’s assistants help teachers inside and outside of the classroom. Assistants may work in schools, childcare centers, or religious organizations. There may also be opportunities to work in a digital setting as school districts shift to online learning platforms. Teacher’s assistants reinforce lessons given by the teacher and help students who may have a difficult time better understand the material. They may also get the classroom ready for lessons, help ensure the safety of students, and help students with disabilities.

Teacher aides may also monitor the lunchroom, recess, and field trips. They may also be asked to supervise group activities, listen to students read, and help with sporting events.

How much does a teacher’s assistant make?

The role of a teacher’s assistant may be part- or full-time depending on the school. Aides work Monday through Friday during classroom hours. In 2019, the median salary of a teacher assistant was $27,920. While most teacher’s assistants don’t work in the summer, there may be opportunities available to work with teachers during summer school or at year-round institutions.

How do I become a teacher’s assistant?

To become a teacher’s assistant you need training. Prepare for the classroom online, at your own pace with Ashworth College’s Teacher Assisting Career Diploma program. In as little as four months, you may be prepared to help support children with their education. In our program, you’ll take lessons like

  • Effective Instruction. In this lesson, you’ll learn how effective instruction relates to the curriculum as well as the performance of students.You’ll also learn how to evaluate students, the components of effective instruction, and forms of appropriate feedback.
  • Learner Characteristics. You’ll learn the three basic learning styles, social influences that impact a student's ability to learn, and instructional aids to assist students in processing information.
  • Managing Children’s Behavior. In this lesson, you’ll learn how to anticipate or prevent inappropriate behavior, designing consequences for inappropriate behavior, the appropriate use of praise, and more.
  • Professionalism in the Workplace. You’ll receive an overview of laws, state requirements, school district guidelines, and more for teacher’s assistants.

Licensing and certification to become a teacher’s assistant may vary by state. Those interested in working with students who have special needs may also have to pass a skills test. Some school districts may also require employees be certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

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