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Teacher Assistants

Teacher Assistants
Quick Facts : Teacher Assistants*
2010 Median Pay$23,220
Entry Level EducationHigh school diploma or equivalent
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 20121,288,300
Job Outlook15% (About as fast as average)
Employment Change191,100

Teacher assistants work under a teacher?s supervision and help them with their lessons. They provide additional attention and instruction to the students to ensure quality education. Generally, teachers introduce new material to students, and teacher assistants help reinforce the lessons by working with individual students or small groups of students.

What Teacher Assistants Do

  • 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 tracking attendance and calculating grades
  • Help prepare for lessons by getting materials ready
  • Supervise students in class, between classes, during lunch and recess, and on field trips

Work Environment

Teacher assistants work in public and private schools, childcare centers, and for religious organizations. About 37 percent work part time. Most do not work during the summer.
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Job Outlook

Employment of teacher assistants is expected to grow by 15 percent from 2010 to 2020 as a result from increases in student enrollment leading to continued demand for special education services, and increases in childcare and preschool enrollment.
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The average salary of teacher assistants was $23,220 in May 2010.
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Becoming a Teacher Assistants

Some districts require applicants to have a high school diploma; others require at least 2 years of college or an associate's degree. Associate's degree programs for teacher assistants prepare the participants to develop educational materials, observe students, and understand the role of teachers in the classroom. Most states require passing a skills-based test for instructional aides who work with special needs students.
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