Teacher Assistant

​​​​T​eachers have a lot on their plates. To ensure each and every child is getting the attention he or she needs, many teachers have assistants to help out in the classroom. If you're interested in being there to support children as they grow and learn, earning your teacher assistant certificate can be the beginning of a successful career in education. 

As a teacher assistant, you'll provide extra support, attention, and instruction to young students in a public or private school, childcare center, or religious organization setting. Many positions are part-time during the school year, but the U.S. Department of Labor predicts a healthy 8% growth in the job market for teacher assistants by 2026. As a teacher's assistant, you'll be providing support for classroom teachers in preschool or K-12 education. This support includes instruction, record-keeping, supervising students and sometimes planning lessons.

While some teacher's assistants work primarily in a classroom setting, others may work in specific areas of a school, such as computer labs or the library.

Teacher's assistants typically have certain qualities that make them effective in their jobs. These include:

  • Flexibility while they assist the teacher in their duties
  • Dependability, as teachers will rely on them time and time again
  • Communication skill, as they interact with the teacher and students throughout the day
  • A love for learning and children
For more information about registering for the teacher assistant program please contact AskSOE@dcccd.edu.


Looking to earn more? A career as a teacher assistant can start you on the path to a great career in education.