Some districts require applicants to have a high school diploma; others require at least two years of college or an associate’s degree. Associate’s degree or diploma programs for teacher assistants prepare the participants to develop educational materials, observe students, and understand the role of teachers in the classroom.

Schools may provide training for teacher assistants to acquaint them with the school district and school policies. Unions or professional associations may offer additional training.
Teacher assistants must familiarize themselves with the material their students are covering in class. Doing so may require reviewing the topics with teachers to ensure that the assistants understand and can properly explain the information to students.

What are Teacher'S Assistants like?


Based on our pool of users, teacher's assistants tend to be predominately social people. Take our career test to see what career interest category best describes you.

Teacher's Assistants by Strongest Interest Archetype

Based on sample of 3134 Sokanu users

Are Teacher'S Assistants happy?


Teacher's assistants rank as moderately happy among careers. Overall they rank in the 63rd percentile of careers for satisfaction scores.

Teacher Assistant Career Satisfaction by Dimension

Percentile among all careers

Education History of Teacher's Assistants

The most common degree held by teacher's assistants is Psychology. 7% of teacher's assistants had a degree in psychology before becoming teacher's assistants. That is over 1 times the average across all careers. English Literature graduates are the second most common among teacher's assistants, representing 5% of teacher's assistants in the Sokanu user base, which is 1.0 times the average.

Teacher Assistant Education History

This table shows which degrees people earn before becoming a Teacher Assistant, compared to how often those degrees are obtained by people who earn at least one post secondary degree.

Degree % of teacher's assistants % of population Multiple
Psychology 7.0% 6.8% 1.0×
English Literature 4.7% 4.9% 1.0×
Liberal Arts 2.4% 1.8% 1.3×
Biology 2.1% 3.5% 0.6×
History 2.1% 2.2% 0.9×
Foreign Language Studies 1.7% 1.3% 1.4×
Sociology 1.7% 2.1% 0.8×
Economics 1.5% 3.8% 0.4×
Business Management And Administration 1.4% 6.5% 0.2×
Early Childhood Education 1.4% 0.5% 2.7×
Political Science 1.4% 2.9% 0.5×
Philosophy And Religious Studies 1.3% 1.6% 0.8×
Fine Arts 1.1% 1.9% 0.6×
Mathematics 1.1% 1.8% 0.6×
Teacher Education 1.0% 0.7% 1.4×
International Relations 1.0% 1.5% 0.7×

Teacher Assistant Education Levels

64% of teacher's assistants have an associate's degree. 20% of teacher's assistants have a bachelor's degree.

No education 5%
High school diploma 11%
Associate's degree 64%
Bachelor's degree 20%
Master's degree 0%
Doctorate degree 0%

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