43100 – Elementary and secondary school teacher assistants




43100 – Elementary and secondary school teacher assistants
Elementary and secondary school teacher assistants support students, and assist teachers and counsellors with teaching and non-instructional tasks. They assist in areas of personal care, teaching and behaviour management under the supervision of teachers or other child care professionals. They are employed in public and private elementary, secondary and special needs schools and treatment centres.

Index of titles
Child care attendant - elementary school
Classroom assistant - primary and secondary school
Educational assistant
Educational resources assistant
Homework assistant
Instructional assistant - primary and secondary school
Laboratory assistant – secondary school
Paraprofessional educator
Program assistant - education
Remedial education aide
Special education assistant
Special needs educational assistant
Special programs aide - education
Student support assistant
Teacher's aide
Teacher's assistant
Teacher's helper
Teaching staff assistant - primary and secondary school


Main duties
This group performs some or all of the following duties:
Assist students with integration into the classroom and school setting
Help students individually or in small groups with assignments and reinforce learning and retention concepts under the supervision of the classroom teacher
Assist students with special needs using techniques such as sign language, braille and remedial programs
Monitor and report student progress to classroom teacher
Accompany and supervise students during activities in school gymnasiums, laboratories, libraries, resource centres and on field trips
May assist teacher in the operation of projectors, tape recorders and other audio-visual or electronic equipment
May assist in school library or office and perform other duties assigned by the school principal
May monitor students during recess, at noon hour or during the day.


Employment requirements
Completion of secondary school is required.
Teacher assistants usually require completion of a 10-month college program in teaching assistance, educational assistance or other social science program.
Teacher assistants who help students with special needs usually require specialized training and experience.


Additional information
Mobility to other occupations related to child care and adolescent supportive instruction is possible with experience.

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Elementary school and kindergarten teachers (41221)
Instructors of persons with disabilities (42203)
Post-secondary teaching and research assistants (41201)
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