Skills to Put on an Application for a Teacher's Assistant


Teacher's assistants often help monitor students and prepare materials for the teacher to use in his class; they may even give supervised lessons. The broad nature of the job makes a large number of technology and social skills good candidates for listing on an application. Connect the skills you do list with previous job experience, and explain how your previous work helped develop those skills whenever possible.

Computer Skills

  • Teacher's assistants are often responsible for developing and printing out handouts or other presentations for the teacher to use as part of his lesson. Proficiency with presentation software, such as PowerPoint, word processors or other computer software are good things to note on your resume. You should also put experience with other multimedia devices, such as document scanners, projectors and video recorders.

Social Skills

  • A large part of a teacher's assistant's job requires a wide range of social skills. This not only includes speaking skills so that students will understand you, but also empathy and the ability to understand others. You have to be able to monitor the students' behavior and identify when there is a problem.

Subject Area Skills

  • The particular type of subject knowledge you need will depend on what subject you're working with, but some subject area skills besides the one particular to your class room will help. If you have good writing and general English skills, you'll be better able to help students understand both instructions and vocabulary. An understanding of psychology will help you connect and understand why students act the way they do. For example, if you're working in a middle school, having knowledge of adolescent psychology would be a good asset to list.


  • You may be required to tutor students with special needs, or who simply need some extra help with certain topics. You will have to be able to organize materials and prepare lessons just as a teacher would in these instances. Teacher's assistants can also give lessons with direct supervision form the teacher, and they often prepare materials for the teacher to use. The ability to organize information in a meaningful way for both yourself and for others is a core skill for the job.

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