Teacher's Aide Associate Degree Program

Learn about the types of classes you could take in an associate degree program in teacher assisting, and explore the job duties, employment outlook and salary potential for teacher's aides. Schools offering Teaching Assistant degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Associate Degree Programs are Available for Teacher's Aides?

Those interested in becoming teacher's aides (also known as teacher assistants) can pursue an associate degree in a variety of fields, including education, human services and early childhood development. Prospective students can also look for programs offering education with a concentration in teacher or instructional assisting. Additionally, you could specialize in a particular area of education, such as early childhood education or special education.

Teaching assisting programs can be completed on-campus, online or as hybrid (both online and on-campus) programs in 1-2 years. Online options offer structured courses with routine assignments as well as self-paced programs, which allow you to work at your own speed and learn via online discussion forums, video lectures and e-mail.

Program TypesOnline, on-campus and hybrid associate degree programs are available
Common CoursesPsychology, teaching and reading methods, computer applications, teaching children
Job DutiesAssisting teachers with preparation and learning materials, enforcing rules, chaperoning students, operating classroom equipment

What Classes Will I Take?

Coursework in associate's degree programs in teacher assisting typically combines general education classes with pedagogical training. You could learn about education systems, teaching methods and student psychology. For example, you could take courses such as:

  • Computer applications for teachers
  • Teaching models
  • Managing children's behavior
  • Arts in the classroom
  • Child development
  • Learning psychology
  • Teaching exceptional children
  • Reading methods

What are the Job Duties?

Teacher's aides support teachers with educational and clerical tasks. As a teacher's aide, you might help students with lessons by giving them individual assistance, supervising activities outside the classroom, keeping records of grades, setting up classroom technology or developing educational materials. Some of your job duties could include the following:

  • Laminating teaching materials
  • Assisting at parent-teacher conferences
  • Preparing instructional materials
  • Enforcing classroom rules
  • Operating audio and visual equipment
  • Supervising games and activities
  • Chaperoning field trips
  • Escorting students to the cafeteria

What's the Job Market Like?

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported a median annual wage of $24,430 for teacher assistants in May 2014. Additionally, the BLS predicted an employment growth rate of 6% between 2014 and 2024. Projected growth is attributed to an increase in general enrollment; job prospects are expected to be best for teacher's aides with training in special education.

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  • The University of Montana

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    • Montana: Dillon
  • Youngstown State University

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    • Ohio: Youngstown
  • Yakima Valley Community College

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    • Washington: Yakima
  • Wilkes Community College

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    • North Carolina: Wilkesboro
  • Whatcom Community College

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    • Washington: Bellingham
  • Western Piedmont Community College

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    • North Carolina: Morganton
  • West Virginia University at Parkersburg

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    • West Virginia: Parkersburg
  • West Shore Community College

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    • Michigan: Scottville
  • Waukesha County Technical College

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    • Wisconsin: Pewaukee
  • Waubonsee Community College

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    • Illinois: Sugar Grove