Qualifications for a Teaching Assistant

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In most areas, there isn't much competition for teaching assistant jobs. They are usually part-time positions without benefits, and they typically pay a low hourly wage. Most of these jobs include doing such tasks as organizing papers and making photocopies, so the qualifications to become a teaching assistant are fairly lenient.

Education

  • Not much education is required to become a teaching assistant. Adults are qualified if they have a high school diploma or equivalent education, such as a GED. If you want to be a teaching assist at the middle school or high school level, some formal training in the subjects you'll help teach will be appreciated, but rarely required.

Clean Criminal History

  • All employees of school districts in the United States must submit to fingerprinting and a criminal records check. Misdemeanors or even felonies aren't necessarily a disqualification, depending on the severity of the crime and more recent history. However, a sex crime or drug conviction is almost always a deal breaker, no matter how long ago it happened.

Drug Free

  • Schools are supposed to be drug-free zones, and many school districts require employees to pass a drug test before beginning employment with them. Some schools also require random or periodic drug testing of employees throughout the term of employment.

References

  • Katherine Brick, Teacher Trainer, Hillsboro, OR
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