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What does a Teacher Assistant do?

A Teacher Assistant works in primary and secondary schools to help teachers deliver classroom lessons. You might work with a small group of students or provide general assistance during class activities. Teacher Assistants sometimes work with students with special needs or with students who need extra help with their lessons. You might help prepare learning materials or you might supervise students during lunch and play times.

To be a Teacher Assistant you’ll need to really enjoy working with children. You should be passionate about learning and you’ll need to be flexible with your daily activities. Teacher Assistants should be patient and understanding but also be able to follow school policies and procedures. You should be able to communicate well with children but also with other teaching staff.

Teacher Assistant Courses

There are 7 courses available for people who want to become a Teacher Assistant.

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How much does a Teacher Assistant earn?

In Australia, a full time Teacher Assistant generally earns $960 per week ($49,920 annual salary) before tax. This is a median figure for full-time employees and should be considered a guide only. As you gain more experience you can expect a potentially higher salary than people who are new to the industry.

What are the job opportunities for a Teacher Assistant?

The number of people working as a Teacher Assistant has grown very strongly in recent years. There are now 58,800 people in this role in Australia compared to 48,200 five years ago. Teacher Assistants may find work across all regions of Australia.

Source: Australian Government Job Outlook 2020

How do I become a Teacher Assistant?

If you’re thinking of becoming a Teacher Assistant, you could enrol in a Certificate III or IV in Education Support. You’ll learn how to support students’ learning in literacy and numeracy and encourage the development of other important areas such as social skills and oral language. You could also consider a Certificate III or IV in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education.

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Job Pathways

Here are some potential career pathways within education support and assistance and vocational education and training. Click on the occupation for information on the course you should enrol in to start your journey.

Sourced from The Australian Apprenticeships & Traineeships Information Service (aapathways.com.au) funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training and MySkills.gov.au.