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After obtaining a high school diploma, earn an associate degree in assistant teaching, education or a related field such as elementary education.
Complete an internship program as an assistant teacher, and pass all examinations required by local education authorities to earn an assistant teacher license.
Gain on-the-job experience by working with seasoned teachers. This can be done by helping experienced teachers enforce class rules, prepare lessons, supervise students and calculate grades.
Successful assistant teachers have personalities that enable them to thrive in social situations where emotional intelligence is key. They are usually social individuals and have traits such as generosity, patience, courteousness, amiability, selfless service, cooperativeness and empathy. Assistant teachers excel at helping others, teaching and socializing.
Many soft and technical skills contribute to success as an assistant teacher. General math and computer skills, a strong desire to make a difference, solid teamwork and interpersonal skills, an approachable personality, the ability to make quick decisions, high flexibility and a genuine love for students and the education process—these are all indispensable characteristics of any successful assistant teacher.