Teacher Assistant Qualifications and Highly Qualified Requirements
TEACHER ASSISTANTS MAKE A DIFFERENCE!We are thankful for all that they do!LEGRorieIn compliance with federal law, Union County Public Schools administers all educational programs, employment activities and admissions without discrimination against any person on the basis of gender, race, color, religion, national origin, age, or disability.If you are seeking employment as a Teacher Assistant, you may apply through the Applitrack System at http://www.applitrack.com/ucps/onlineapp/ .REQUIREMENTS FOR PARAPROFESSIONALS/ TEACHER ASSISTANTS
What are the qualification requirements for Title I paraprofessionals/ teacher assistants?
(1) All Title I paraprofessionals/ teacher assistants must have a secondary school diploma or its recognized equivalent.
(2) Additionally, except as noted below, paraprofessionals/ teacher assistants hired after January 8, 2002, and working in a program supported with Title I, Part A funds must have:
- Completed two years of study at an institution of higher education; (equivalent of 48 semester hours) or
- Obtained an associate’s (or higher) degree; or
- Met a rigorous standard of quality and be able to demonstrate, through a formal state or local academic assessment, knowledge of and the ability to assist in instructing, reading, writing, and mathematics (or, as appropriate, reading readiness, writing readiness, and mathematics readiness).
Note: This option may be met through the WorkKeys Occupational Profile Assessment for Teacher Assistants.
Paraprofessionals who only serve as translators or who only conduct parental involvement activities must have a secondary school diploma or its equivalent but do not have to meet the additional requirements.
Note: According to local guidelines, all EC Teacher Assistants in all schools must meet highly qualified standards as listed above.RESOURCES FOR HIGHLY QUALIFIED REQUIREMENTSACT WorkKeys InformationWorkKeys Test Sites with Distance from Monroe, NCSkills and Qualities of an EffectiveTeacher Assistanta
Essential Qualities of an Effective Teacher Assistant
- The ability to relate well to children and other adults
- Flexibility: Classrooms and schools are dynamic environments in which the pace can change quickly and unexpectedly.
- Initiative: Although the teacher assistant works under the guidance of a teacher, there are occasions when the teacher assistant will need to make independent decisions and exercise his or her own professional judgement.
- Patience and Understanding: Children are precious and unique individuals. Occasionally, some children will require an elevated level of patience and understanding.
- Ability to Cope with Stress: Schools are complex and dynamic environments in which a teacher assistant can expect to be involved in hundreds of interactions a day. Although the teacher has the overall responsibility and accountability for the students, the teacher assistant will need to maintain a calm demeanor and exercise a high level of emotional intelligence.
- Good Literacy and Numeracy Skills
- Basic Technology Skills: For today's 21st Century classrooms, paraprofessionals will need basic technology skills. The teacher assistant must be prepared to assist in all areas of the instructional program.
- Communication Skills: The teacher assistant must be an effective communicator for today's diverse learning environments.
- Being a Team Player: The teacher assistant is a part of a professional learning community in which he or she shares ideas and information as well as accepts guidance and feedback.
- Punctuality: The work that goes on in schools is very important. The teacher and students must have reasonable assurances that the teacher assistant will be available to perform job responsibilities at the established times.
Teaching Assistant responsibilities can be broken into four main areas:
- Supporting the Students
- Supporting the Teacher as the Instructional Leader in the Classroom
- Supporting the School
- Supporting the Instructional Program
If you are seeking work as a Teacher Assistant, you may apply through the Applitrack System at http://www.applitrack.com/ucps/onlineapp/ .
General Performance Responsibilities of Teacher Assistants
1) Discuss assigned duties with the classroom teacher in order to coordinate instructional efforts.
2) Prepare lesson materials, bulletin board displays, exhibits, equipment, and demonstrations.
3) Present subject matter to students under the direction and guidance of the teacher using lectures, discussions, and technology.
4) Tutor and assist children individually or in small groups in order to help them master assignments and reinforce learning concepts presented by the teacher.
5) Supervise students in classrooms, halls, cafeterias, school yards, and gymnasiums.
6) Conduct demonstrations to reinforce skills taught by the teacher.7) Distribute teaching materials to students such as textbooks, workbooks, papers, pencils, and technology tools.
8) Distribute tests and homework assignments, and collect them when they are completed.
9) Abide by and enforce administration policies and rules governing students and staff.10) Maintain confidentiality of all student information.11) Perform other instructional and support duties as requested by the teacher and administration.Have a great day!