Teaching Assistant

Assistant Teacher, Basic Skills Improvement Program Instructional Aide (BSIP Instructional Aide)   More Names
Bilingual Teacher Aide, Classroom Aide, Early Childhood Teacher Assistant (EC Teacher Assistant), Education Paraprofessional, Educational Assistant, Educational Assistant Teacher, Educational Technician, Examination Grader, Examination Proctor, Examination Scorer, Exceptional Student Education Aide (ESE Aide), Gifted and Talented Student Education Aide, Grader, Grading Clerk, Helper Teacher, In School Suspension Aide (ISS Aide), Instructional Aide, Instructional Assistant, Kindergarten Paraprofessional, Kindergartners Helper, Learning Support Aide, Paper Grader, Para Educator, Para Professional, Paraeducator, Paraprofessional, Paraprofessional Aide, Paraprofessional Aide Teacher, Practice Teacher, Proctor, Special Education Aide, Special Education Assistant, Special Education Associate, Special Education Classroom Aide, Special Education Instructional Assistant, Special Education Paraeducator, Special Education Paraprofessional, Special Education Teacher Assistant, Student Teacher, Study Hall Supervisor, Substitute Teacher, Teacher Aide, Teacher Assistant, Teacher Associate, Teacher's Aide, Teacher's Assistant, Teaching Assistant, Test Grader, Visual Aid Expert
Most Common Education Levels

** This graph is based on U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data and offers a snapshot (based on a statistical sample) of the actual education and training levels of those persons who are currently working in this career. It does not necessarily reflect the education or training that an employer may require of a new hire. **

Current Entry Requirements
Some districts require applicants to have a high school diploma; others require at least 2 years of college or an associate's degree. Teacher assistants in schools that have Title 1 programs (a federal program for schools with a large proportion of students from low-income households) must have at least a 2-year degree, or 2 years of college, or pass a state or local assessment. 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.

 
     

Career Snapshot

Typical Education:

Certificate (High School + 0-4 years, Certificate awarded)
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Percent Job Growth:

6% - Slower than average
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Typical Wages:

Annual: $20,520 - $31,990

Hourly: Not available