Requirements for a Teaching Assistant in the State of Florida

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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

  • 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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