What does an Educational Assistant do?

Instructional assistants provide support to teachers, instructors, and faculty members in an educational setting. They assist with various tasks and functions, including implementing instructional programs, assessing student performance, leading discussions, and other functions as requested by the teacher or instructor. They prepare and organize lessons in educational programs under the instructor’s guidance, and the instructional assistant will prepare all materials for the lesson, including handouts, worksheets, and exams.

Instructional assistants work under the instructor’s direct supervision in various educational institutions, including private and public schools, child care facilities, and other applicable settings. They perform clerical tasks including taking and recording attendance or drafting and sending out progress reports, answering emails and phone calls from families, and maintaining supply inventory for the room. They perform exams for students to assess their progress, strengths, and weaknesses. They usually grade exams and document all grades, and students progress accurately. Instructional assistants need a bachelor's degree in education or related fields.

Work/Life Balance
4.2 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.5 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Educational Assistant Salaries

Average Base Pay

$50,615 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $51K
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Educational Assistant Career Path

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Lubbock Independent School DistrictLubbock Independent School District
Educational Assistant
Sep. 14, 2021

“The pay isn’t great but getting to work and make a difference in children’s lives is great”

Bonita USDBonita USD
Special Executive Director Instructional Assistant/Campus Supervisor
Jan. 23, 2020

“I love working for Bonita unified I was a substitute and I always worked they gave me great assignments”

E-learning Assistant
Sep. 18, 2019

“The opportunities to progress your career within the company are the best I've seen and the company itself is very supportive.”

Black Rocket ProductionsBlack Rocket Productions
Instructional Assistant
Nov. 29, 2019

“Everyone I worked with/for was very nice and accommodating”

Pacific Surf SchoolPacific Surf School
Instructional Aide
Jan. 15, 2021

“good pay and tips great”

Oak Creek-Franklin Joint School DistrictOak Creek-Franklin Joint School District
Educational Assistant
Aug. 1, 2021

“I would not recommend this for someone unless you just want to make a little money part”

Northeastern UniveristyNortheastern Univeristy
Instructional Assistant
May 4, 2021

“Flexible work and give you experience in troubleshooting networking issues”

University of MichiganUniversity of Michigan
Instructional Aide
Aug. 18, 2021

“Not many opportunities for professional feedback and development in your career”

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