What does an Associate 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.

What responsibilities are common for Associate Teaching Assistant jobs?
  • 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
What are the typical qualifications for Associate Teaching Assistant jobs?
  • 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
EducationGraduate Degree
Work/Life Balance
4.0 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.8 ★
Avg. Experience0-1 Year

Associate Teaching Assistant Salaries

Average Base Pay

$37,257 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$18K
Median: $37K
$77K
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Associate Teaching Assistant Career Path

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Teaching Assistant Associate
$37,257/yr
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Average Years of Experience

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HappyFreshHappyFresh
TA Lead
Mar 25, 2022

“I am really happy and love my team to support for any issue as a teamwork.”

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

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British CouncilBritish Council
Teaching Assistant
Sept 27, 2021

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

Oregon State UniversityOregon State University
Teachers Aide
Mar 31, 2022

“the pay wasn't great and undergrads don't have choice of lab sections to teach”

University of Notre DameUniversity of Notre Dame
Teaching Assisstantship
Sept 17, 2020

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

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

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

Coding NinjasCoding Ninjas
Teaching Assistant
Sept 20, 2020

“Good payment for your work and recognises you if you and your work is worth of.”

Jackson State UniversityJackson State University
PhD Student, Research and Teaching Assistant
Jan 31, 2022

“My department Chair was an awesome guy and real professional together with couple of good professors I took classes with.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of teaching assistants

A teaching assistant works alongside the lead teacher and helps them run the classroom. The typical day of a teaching assistant includes performing certain classroom duties, such as taking attendance and grading tests or homework. Some teaching assistants also help students with special needs or students who need additional help and assist them with certain lessons.

One advantage of becoming a teaching assistant is the vibrant work atmosphere. They often spend their days creating a nurturing and supportive environment for students to learn and understand new information. Helping students overcome their learning struggles and achieve their goals can be a very rewarding experience for teaching assistants.

There can be a few challenges to working as a teaching assistant, including teaching for online courses. That's because it can be difficult to work with students in an online course and help them with their school work virtually. It's also possible that some teaching assistants might have to take some work home with them, including tests or homework to grade, which can extend their working hours.

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