TEACHER AIDES perform a combination of instructional and clerical duties. They work with children to reinforce class lessons, directed by teachers. They listen to students read, review lessons, or help them find information. They help students with computers and software. They set up equipment and help prepare materials for classroom instruction. They monitor playgrounds and lunchrooms. They grade tests and papers, record grades, check homework, keep health and attendance records, and type, file, and copy materials. They stock supplies, keep classroom equipment in order, and operate audiovisual equipment.
Salary, Size & Growth
- $26,000 average per year ($12.50 per hour)
- A very large occupation (1,249,400 workers in 2010)
- Expected to grow moderately (1.0% per year)
Employers increasingly prefer to hire TEACHER AIDES with some college training. Teacher aides who instruct usually need more training than those who do not. As a result of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, teacher aides in Title 1 schools (students of low-income households) must meet one of 3 requirements: minimum 2 years college, a 2-year or higher degree, or pass a state and local assessment. Many schools also require previous experience in working with children. A number of community colleges offer associate degree programs.
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