Teaching assistant

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How much does a Teaching Assistant make in the United States?

Average base salary
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5.4k salaries reported, updated at May 24, 2020
$25,723
per year
The average salary for a teaching assistant is $25,723 per year in the United States.
Most common benefits
  • Professional development assistance
  • Paid time off
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Childcare
  • 403(b)

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What does a Teaching Assistant do?

A teaching assistant works under the supervision of another teacher and has the responsibility of giving learners additional instructions and attention. They are commonly found in both private and public learning institutions. Also, childcare institutions and religious institutions employ teaching assistants to help them manage learners at different levels.

Teaching assistants help the teacher grade tests and ensuring homework is done. Teachers get most of their feedback about the performance of students from the teaching assistant. They are actively involved in the creation of lesson plans and student development.

Other names used to refer to teaching assistant position include:

  • Instructional aides
  • Paraprofessional
  • Paraeducators

Working as a Teaching Assistant

A teaching assistant deals with day to day activities that aim at improving the performance of the learners. The following are some of the responsibilities that come with the position of a teaching assistant.

  • Reinforcing lessons that were given previously by teachers through reviewing content with learners on a one on one level
  • Improve learner's behavior through enforcing rules set up by the institution or the relevant education body
  • Assist the teacher with record- keeping. This can be achieved through monitoring the class attendance and maintaining an updated list of the class performance
  • Helping the teacher get ready for classes by ensuring that learning materials and equipment are ready
  • Monitoring the students every time. This applies in class, during breaks or school trips
Frequently asked questions
Common questions about being a Teaching Assistant

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What kind of career advancements could there be for teaching assistants?

Teacher assistants may become a kindergarten and elementary school teacher, middle school teacher, high school teacher, or special education teacher upon obtaining additional education, training, and a license/certification.

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What does a teaching assistant do?

Teaching assistants typically do the following:

  • Work with the lead teacher to monitor the class schedule.
  • Assist teachers with lesson preparation by getting materials ready and setting up equipment.
  • Revise lesson material with students individually or in small groups.
  • Ensure the classroom environment is safe and clean.
  • Oversee students during non-classroom times including in-between classes, during lunch, and on field excursions.
  • Collaborate with lead teachers to recognize issues students are facing and recommend solutions.
  • Document student progress and communicate with parents to keep them informed.
  • Help lead teachers to create lesson plans.
  • Comply with state, school, and class rules and regulations.
  • Attend all training classes, parent conferences, and faculty meetings.
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