A teaching assistant position can be a rewarding job if you enjoy working with children yet don't want the higher responsibility that goes with a full teaching position. As a teaching assistant, you work in a classroom under the supervision of the certified teacher. Your work may include helping the teacher with clerical tasks, tutoring students and helping maintain a healthy classroom environment. Florida, like other states, has specific requirements for the job.
Post High School Education
Though you don't need a full bachelor's degree, at least an associate two-year degree is required in most Florida schools. Courses in education and child psychology are strongly preferred.
Experience Working With Children
Candidates who have worked with children in the past are strongly preferred. This type of work experience can include day care and/or private tutoring.
An Assessment Examination
A general knowledge assessment examination for Math and English is also a requirement at most Florida schools. The school administrator can instruct you on how and when to take this examination.
References are always important, especially when the position you're applying for involves children. Be prepared to submit two or three strong references.
Classes and Seminars
Many schools require that you take classes and seminars on education and child psychology. These classes can be taken once you've been offered the job as a teaching assistant. Schools encourage their teaching assistants to keep studying in their fields.
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