Elementary and secondary school teacher assistants (NOC 4413)

Job titles

  • child care attendant - elementary school
  • classroom assistant - primary and secondary school
  • educational assistant
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Nature of work

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.

Fields of interest

  • Counseling, helping others
  • Teaching, educating

Main duties

  • Elementary and secondary school teacher assistants perform 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 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 school principal
  • - May monitor students during recess, at noon hour or during the day.

Main characteristics of the occupation

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.

Skill type

  • Occupations in education, law and social, community and government services

Skill level

  • Intermediate

More information

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