Summary Report for:
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
This title represents an occupation for which data collection is currently underway.
- Assist in bus loading and unloading.
- Assist librarians in school libraries.
- Attend staff meetings and serve on committees, as required.
- Carry out therapeutic regimens, such as behavior modification and personal development programs, under the supervision of special education instructors, psychologists, or speech-language pathologists.
- Clean classrooms.
- Discuss assigned duties with classroom teachers to coordinate instructional efforts.
- Distribute teaching materials, such as textbooks, workbooks, papers, and pencils to students.
- Employ special educational strategies or techniques during instruction to improve the development of sensory- and perceptual-motor skills, language, cognition, or memory.
- Enforce administration policies and rules governing students.
- Grade homework and tests, and compute and record results, using answer sheets or electronic marking devices.
- Instruct and monitor students in the use and care of equipment and materials to prevent injuries and damage.
- Instruct students in daily living skills required for independent maintenance and self-sufficiency, such as hygiene, safety, or food preparation.
- Laminate teaching materials to increase their durability under repeated use.
- Maintain computers in classrooms and laboratories and assist students with hardware and software use.
- Observe students' performance, and record relevant data to assess progress.
- Organize and label materials and display students' work in a manner appropriate for their eye levels and perceptual skills.
- Organize and supervise games and other recreational activities to promote physical, mental, and social development.
- Participate in teacher-parent conferences regarding students' progress or problems.
- Prepare classrooms with a variety of materials or resources for children to explore, manipulate, or use in learning activities or imaginative play.
- Prepare lesson materials, bulletin board displays, exhibits, equipment, and demonstrations.
- Prepare lesson outlines and plans in assigned subject areas and submit outlines to teachers for review.
- Present subject matter to students under the direction and guidance of teachers, using lectures, discussions, supervised role-playing methods, or by reading aloud.
- Provide assistance to students with special needs.
- Provide disabled students with assistive devices, supportive technology, and assistance accessing facilities, such as restrooms.
- Requisition and stock teaching materials and supplies.
- Supervise students in classrooms, halls, cafeterias, school yards, and gymnasiums, or on field trips.
- Take class attendance and maintain attendance records.
- Teach socially acceptable behavior, employing techniques such as behavior modification or positive reinforcement.
- Tutor and assist children individually or in small groups to help them master assignments and to reinforce learning concepts presented by teachers.
- Use computers, audio-visual aids, and other equipment and materials to supplement presentations.
- Calendar and scheduling software — High School Scheduling and Transcript HSST
- Computer based training software — Appletree; Padlet; Quizlet; Schoology (see all 6 examples)
- Data base user interface and query software — Blackboard software; Data entry software ; Special Education Student Information System SESIS; Student information systems SIS (see all 5 examples)
- Desktop communications software — ClassDojo; ParentSquare; Tadpoles
- Device drivers or system software — Screen magnification software; Screen reader software
- Electronic mail software — Email software
- Internet browser software — Web browser software
- Multi-media educational software — Kahoot; Seesaw
- Office suite software — Microsoft Office
- Presentation software — Microsoft PowerPoint
- Project management software — Google Classroom
- Spell checkers — Hand held spell checkers
- Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel
- Video conferencing software — Google Meet
- Video creation and editing software — Flipgrid; Loom
- Word processing software — Microsoft Word
Hot Technology — a technology requirement frequently included in employer job postings.
- Adaptive communication switches for the physically challenged — Jellybean switches; Sound switches
- Balance or gross motor equipment — Play structures
- Board games — Educational board games
- Braille devices for the physically challenged — Braille slates; Braille styluses
- Building blocks — Toy block sets
- Cassette players or recorders — Audio tape recorders or players
- Childrens science kits — Science activity kits
- Compact disk players or recorders — Compact disk CD players
- Computer mouse or trackballs — Eye controlled computer mouse equipment; Foot operated mouse equipment; Trackballs
- Desktop calculator — Talking calculators
- Desktop computers
- Digital camcorders or video cameras — Digital video cameras
- Digital video disk players or recorders — Digital video disk DVD players
- Emergency medical services first aid kits — Emergency first aid kits
- Enteral feeding administration sets — Enteral feeding equipment
- Game pads or joy sticks — Head operated joysticks; Mouth operated joysticks
- Intercom systems
- Keyboards — Alternative computer keyboards
- Laminators — Laminating equipment
- Laser printers — Computer laser printers
- Letter or symbol boards for the physically challenged — Communication boards
- Liquid crystal display projector — Liquid crystal display LCD projectors
- Medical gas cylinders or related devices — Portable oxygen equipment
- Medical suction cannulas or tubes or accessories — Oral suction tubes
- Notebook computers — Laptop computers
- Overhead projectors
- Page turners for the physically challenged — Page turners
- Personal computers
- Sand or water tables or activity centers — Sand tables; Water tables
- Scanners — Data input scanners; Reading pens
- Tactile toys — Pegboards
- Telecommunication devices TDD or teletypewriters TTY for the physically challenged — Teletypewriters TTY
- Televisions — Television monitors
- Touch screen monitors — Interactive whiteboards; Wireless touch screen monitors
- Video cassette players or recorders — Video cassette recorders VCR
- Visual presenters — Video magnifiers
- Voice synthesizers for the physically challenged — Portable communication devices
- Writing aids for the physically challenged — Word prediction software
Detailed Work Activities
- Maintain student records.
- Assist students with special educational needs.
- Monitor student performance.
- Set up classroom materials or equipment.
- Supervise school or student activities.
- Teach life skills.
- Assist other educational professionals with projects or research.
- Clean facilities or work areas.
- Collaborate with other teaching professionals to develop educational programs.
- Create technology-based learning materials.
- Develop instructional materials.
- Develop strategies or programs for students with special needs.
- Discuss student progress with parents or guardians.
- Display student work.
- Distribute instructional or library materials.
- Document lesson plans.
- Enforce rules or policies governing student behavior.
- Evaluate student work.
- Implement therapeutic programs to improve patient functioning.
- Lead classes or community events.
- Maintain clean work areas.
- Maintain computer equipment or software.
- Maintain inventories of materials, equipment, or products.
- Plan educational activities.
- Serve on institutional or departmental committees.
- Teach others to use technology or equipment.
- Tutor students who need extra assistance.
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 (2020)||$28,900 annual|
|Employment (2019)||1,395,900 employees|
|Projected growth (2019-2029)||Average (3% to 4%)|
|Projected job openings (2019-2029)||140,400|
|Top industries (2019)|
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2020 wage data and 2019-2029 employment projections . "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.
Job Openings on the Web
Sources of Additional Information
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- American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO
- American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO
- National Association for the Education of Young Children
- National Education Association
- National Parent Teacher Association
- National Resource Center for Paraeducators
- Occupational Outlook Handbook: Teacher assistants