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Teaching Assistant

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Associate's degree

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What They Do

Teacher Assistants Career Video

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

This career is part of the Education and Training cluster Teaching/Training pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Tutors and assists children individually or in small groups to help them master assignments and to reinforce learning concepts presented by teachers.
  • Teaches social skills to students.
  • Supervises students in classrooms, halls, cafeterias, school yards, and gymnasiums, or on field trips.
  • Provides extra assistance to students with special needs.
  • Observes students' performance, and records relevant data to assess progress.
  • Enforces administration policies and rules governing students.
  • Presents subject matter to students under the direction and guidance of teachers, using lectures, discussions, or supervised role-playing methods.
  • Instructs and monitors students in the use and care of equipment and materials to prevent injuries and damage.
  • Discusses assigned duties with classroom teachers to coordinate instructional efforts.
  • Organizes and supervises games and other recreational activities to promote physical, mental, and social development.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves walking or running more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Educational Technician
  • Instructional Aide
  • Instructional Assistant
  • Paraeducator
  • Paraprofessional
  • Special Education Paraprofessional
  • Special Education Teaching Assistant
  • Teacher Aide
  • Teaching Assistant