What does a Teaching Assistant do?

A Teaching Assistant is employed by the school district and is found in schools and classrooms. They work to assist the teacher with daily duty including grading papers, offering additional support to students in small groups. Additionally, a Teaching Assistant will help students in need of additional one-on-one time to master lessons. Many individuals employed as a Teaching Assistant are seeking to become certified teachers.

Depending on the state, certification and education can vary widely. Generally, professional teaching certification is not needed. Individuals working within school systems in any regard are subject to criminal background checks to ensure the safety of all children on campus. An excellent Teaching Assistant will possess skills such as compassion and patience when dealing with children. A positive and creative approach to education is an asset to individuals seeking the position of Teaching Assistant.

  • Effectively communicate and coordinate with the instructor in order to assist in daily lesson plans
  • Aid in preparing materials to be used for projects including art and science
  • Provide individual assistance to children in small groups to ensure an understanding of concepts
  • Strictly adhere to the school's rules and policies
  • Ensure the safety of the students within the classroom, on field trips and throughout the campus
  • Assist teaching in reviewing, grading and recording homework and tests
  • Maintain, observe and assess each student's progress through assessments and be aware of students who need more one-on-one guidance
  • Provide additional assistance to students who have special needs
  • Experience working with children strongly preferred
  • Basic understanding of childhood development and steps to support children of various ages
  • Ability to effectively communicate with teachers and parents regarding student's progress and behavior
  • Strong organizational skills are essential to aid in preparing materials for several daily lesson plans
  • Personal accountability and patience are essential when working with children daily in a classroom environment
  • Ability to prioritize activities quickly and support the teacher in instances that are exceptionally busy
  • Basic writing, math and science skills are necessary to assist in teaching students and answering their questions
  • Ability to manage potentially challenging behavior from students and maintain a professional and patient demeanor
  • Experience fostering positive relationships with children and adults in a learning environment
Work/Life Balance
4.0 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.7 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Teaching Assistant Salaries

Average Base Pay

€31,050 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: €31K
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Teaching Assistant Career Path

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San José State UniversitySan José State University
Teaching Assistant
27 Jul 2021

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British CouncilBritish Council
Teaching Assistant
27 Sep 2021

“A professional work experience where you get to learn so much and challenge yourself to be better”

Brigham Young University (BYU)Brigham Young University (BYU)
Undergraduate Teaching Assistant
19 Mar 2020

“Really depends on your professor but a great opportunity to get to know faculty personally.”

University of Notre DameUniversity of Notre Dame
Teaching Assisstantship
17 Sep 2020

“Pay for student work is usually not great; does not provide a good alternative for student time expenditure.”

Northeastern UniversityNortheastern University
Graduate Teaching Assistant
15 Nov 2019

“Good learning experience of working with faculty and administration and a good impact on the resume.”

University of Texas at AustinUniversity of Texas at Austin
Graduate Teaching Assistant
26 Apr 2020

“Worked with a really great instructor and got to work on a subject I'm interested in.”

Arizona State UniversityArizona State University
Undergraduate Teaching Assistant
15 Sep 2021

“It was a good opportunity to connect with professor and other people and brush up my industry skills.”

University of LouisvilleUniversity of Louisville
Teaching Assistant
11 May 2021

“Mandatory training that is geared towards lab classes and is not particularly useful for lecture teaching.”

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