Teaching Assistant

Assistant Teacher, Basic Skills Improvement Program Instructional Aide (BSIP Instructional Aide)   More Names
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Teacher assistants (TAs), sometimes known as teacher aides or instructional aides, provide instructional and/or clerical support for teachers, thereby freeing the teacher to devote more time to lesson planning and teaching. TA work assignments are often discretionary based on the needs of the teacher being assisted. Some teacher assistants perform exclusively clerical tasks which do not involve student instruction, such as monitoring playgrounds or acting as lunchroom attendants. Most TAs, however, include some instructional work along with their clerical duties. They often provide instructional reinforcement to students or assist students in learning class material using the teacher's lesson plans. The need for teacher assistants is especially acute in the instruction of special education students, and as a result there are many TAs who work extensively with them. As schools begin to integrate more special education students into general education classrooms, the need for teacher assistants increases. TAs often attend to the physical needs of students with disabilities in these settings, which includes things like feeding them, teaching them good grooming habits, or assisting them when riding the school bus. TAs also provide personal attention to students with other special needs, such as those who speak English as a second language.

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Percent Job Growth:  
6% - Slower than average
Typical Wages (National):  
Annual: $20,520 - $31,990    Hourly: Not available
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Teacher assistants work in both private and public elementary, middle, and high schools. They also work in preschools, childcare centers, community centers, and for religious organizations. In 2010, 76 percent of teacher assistants were employed by elementary and secondary schools and 9 percent were employed by child day care services. Teacher assistants may spend some time outside, when students are at recess or getting on and off the bus. Those who work with special education students may need to lift them.

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Percent Job Growth:

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Typical Wages:

Annual: $20,520 - $31,990

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