Educational Assistant Description
Educational Assistants (EA) work in a classroom setting, assisting teachers support all students academically, socially, culturally, and emotionally. Under the guidance of the classroom teacher, they help meet the learning needs and requirements of the students. EA’s can be assigned to work with one student or a group of students depending on the developmental and medical needs of the pupils. They are also called Teacher’s Assistants (TA).
Educational Assistant Core Task and Skills Required
EA’s are responsible for performing a variety of duties including classroom preparation, supervision of one or more children, monitoring behaviours, attendance, completing paperwork, assisting children directly with medical, developmental or social needs, and helping students with learning difficulties by providing extra instruction.
- Preparing the classroom for lessons
- Help teachers plan and prepare for learning activities
- Reading to children, helping children learn to read
- Supervise children
- Supporting teachers in managing behaviours in the class
- Tending to upset or injured children
- Cleaning the classroom after lesson plans
- Assisting with field trips, sports events, and other outings
- Perform different administrative/office duties as required
- Assessing and documenting students’ behaviours, learning
Educational Assistant Salary
The salary of an EA depends on their level or classification, where they work (private or public schools), and position. On average, they can make between $19.00 to $26.00 per hour.
Educational Assistant Hours
The salary of an EA depends on their level or classification, where they work (private or public schools), and position. On average, they can make between $26,000K to $51,000
Educational Assistant Training
Additional training in school division policies and procedures, childhood development, first aid, safety, and behavioural management is offered by the schools or division that the EA works for through professional development training, workshops, and staff in-services.
Useful Information About Being a Educational Assistant
There are university and college programs available. An acceptable combination of education and experience is also acceptable. Most education systems do not have mandatory educational requirements for EA’s.