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25-9043.00 - Teaching Assistants, Special Education

Assist a preschool, elementary, middle, or secondary school teacher to provide academic, social, or life skills to students who have learning, emotional, or physical disabilities. Serve in a position for which a teacher has primary responsibility for the design and implementation of educational programs and services.

Sample of reported job titles: Special Education Aide, Special Education Paraprofessional, Special Education Teacher Assistant

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Tasks

  • Assist in bus loading and unloading. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Assist librarians in school libraries. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Attend staff meetings and serve on committees, as required. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Carry out therapeutic regimens, such as behavior modification and personal development programs, under the supervision of special education instructors, psychologists, or speech-language pathologists. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Clean classrooms. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Discuss assigned duties with classroom teachers to coordinate instructional efforts. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Distribute teaching materials, such as textbooks, workbooks, papers, and pencils to students. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Employ special educational strategies or techniques during instruction to improve the development of sensory- and perceptual-motor skills, language, cognition, or memory. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Enforce administration policies and rules governing students. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Grade homework and tests, and compute and record results, using answer sheets or electronic marking devices. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Instruct and monitor students in the use and care of equipment and materials to prevent injuries and damage. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Instruct students in daily living skills required for independent maintenance and self-sufficiency, such as hygiene, safety, or food preparation. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Laminate teaching materials to increase their durability under repeated use. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Maintain computers in classrooms and laboratories and assist students with hardware and software use. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Observe students' performance, and record relevant data to assess progress. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Organize and label materials and display students' work in a manner appropriate for their eye levels and perceptual skills. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Organize and supervise games and other recreational activities to promote physical, mental, and social development. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Participate in teacher-parent conferences regarding students' progress or problems. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Prepare classrooms with a variety of materials or resources for children to explore, manipulate, or use in learning activities or imaginative play. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Prepare lesson materials, bulletin board displays, exhibits, equipment, and demonstrations. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Prepare lesson outlines and plans in assigned subject areas and submit outlines to teachers for review. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Present subject matter to students under the direction and guidance of teachers, using lectures, discussions, supervised role-playing methods, or by reading aloud. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Provide assistance to students with special needs. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Provide disabled students with assistive devices, supportive technology, and assistance accessing facilities, such as restrooms. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Requisition and stock teaching materials and supplies. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Supervise students in classrooms, halls, cafeterias, school yards, and gymnasiums, or on field trips. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Take class attendance and maintain attendance records. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Teach socially acceptable behavior, employing techniques such as behavior modification or positive reinforcement. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Tutor and assist children individually or in small groups to help them master assignments and to reinforce learning concepts presented by teachers. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Use computers, audio-visual aids, and other equipment and materials to supplement presentations. See more occupations related to this task.

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Technology Skills

  • Calendar and scheduling software — High School Scheduling and Transcript HSST See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Computer based training software — Children's educational software; Text to speech software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Data base user interface and query software — Automate the Schools ATS; Blackboard; Data entry software Hot technology ; Special Education Student Information System SESIS (see all 5 examples) See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Device drivers or system software — Screen magnification software; Screen reader software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Electronic mail software — Email software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Internet browser software — Web browser software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Office suite software — Microsoft Office Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Presentation software — Microsoft PowerPoint Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Spell checkers — Hand held spell checkers See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Word processing software — Microsoft Word Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.

Hot technology Hot Technology — a technology requirement frequently included in employer job postings.

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Tools Used

  • Adaptive communication switches for the physically challenged — Jellybean switches; Sound switches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Balance or gross motor equipment — Play structures See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Board games — Educational board games See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Braille devices for the physically challenged — Braille slates; Braille styluses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Building blocks — Toy block sets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cassette players or recorders — Audio tape recorders or players See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Childrens science kits — Science activity kits See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Compact disk players or recorders — Compact disk CD players See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Computer mouse or trackballs — Eye controlled computer mouse equipment; Foot operated mouse equipment; Trackballs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Desktop calculator — Talking calculators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Desktop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Digital camcorders or video cameras — Digital video cameras See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Digital video disk players or recorders — Digital video disk DVD players See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Emergency medical services first aid kits — Emergency first aid kits See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Enteral feeding administration sets — Enteral feeding equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Game pads or joy sticks — Head operated joysticks; Mouth operated joysticks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Intercom systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Keyboards — Alternative computer keyboards See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laminators — Laminating equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laser printers — Computer laser printers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Letter or symbol boards for the physically challenged — Communication boards See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Liquid crystal display projector — Liquid crystal display LCD projectors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical gas cylinders or related devices — Portable oxygen equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical suction cannulas or tubes or accessories — Oral suction tubes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Microphones See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Notebook computers — Laptop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Overhead projectors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Page turners for the physically challenged — Page turners See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Sand or water tables or activity centers — Sand tables; Water tables See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Scanners — Data input scanners; Reading pens See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tactile toys — Pegboards See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Telecommunication devices TDD or teletypewriters TTY for the physically challenged — Teletypewriters TTY See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Televisions — Television monitors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Touch screen monitors — Interactive whiteboards; Wireless touch screen monitors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Video cassette players or recorders — Video cassette recorders VCR See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Visual presenters — Video magnifiers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Voice synthesizers for the physically challenged — Portable communication devices See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wheelchairs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Writing aids for the physically challenged — Word prediction software See more occupations related to this tool.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Maintain student records. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Assist students with special educational needs. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor student performance. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Set up classroom materials or equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Supervise school or student activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Teach life skills. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Assist other educational professionals with projects or research. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Clean facilities or work areas. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Collaborate with other teaching professionals to develop educational programs. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Create technology-based learning materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Develop instructional materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Develop strategies or programs for students with special needs. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Discuss student progress with parents or guardians. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Display student work. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Distribute instructional or library materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Document lesson plans. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Enforce rules or policies governing student behavior. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Evaluate student work. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Implement therapeutic programs to improve patient functioning. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Lead classes or community events. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain clean work areas. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain computer equipment or software. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain inventories of materials, equipment, or products. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Plan educational activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Serve on institutional or departmental committees. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Teach others to use technology or equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Tutor students who need extra assistance. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Credentials

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wage data for Teaching Assistants, Except Postsecondary.
Employment data for Teaching Assistants, Except Postsecondary.
Industry data for Teaching Assistants, Except Postsecondary.

Median wages (2019) $27,920 annual
State wages
Local wages
 
Employment (2019) 1,395,900 employees
Projected growth (2019-2029) Average (3% to 4%) Average (3% to 4%)
Projected job openings (2019-2029) 140,400
State trends
 
Top industries (2019)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2019 wage data external site and 2019-2029 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2019-2029). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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