Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Assistants

(NOC 4413)

in All Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services

Elementary and secondary school teacher assistants support students, and assist teachers and counsellors with teaching and non-instructional tasks. They assist in areas of personal care, teaching and behaviour management under the supervision of teachers or other child care professionals. They are employed in public and private elementary, secondary and special needs schools and treatment centres.

Job Outlook

Average

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  • Estimate Weak growth employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 255 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Low rate of unemployment in 2016

Compared to: All Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services

  • Estimate Moderate growth employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 4880 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Low rate of unemployment in 2016

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “average”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is comparable to the average for all occupations in Nova Scotia. This is a fairly large occupation in Nova Scotia, with employment around 3,850. The number employed in this occupation is expected to grow slightly over the next few years, which should provide some additional opportunities for employment. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Assistants may either be working full-time or part-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs may either be permanent or temporary positions, as both are common. With employment conditions being seasonal in nature, periods of downtime or layoff throughout the year are fairly common.

The median employment income for 14% of Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Assistants who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $33,805. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

$12.37

Minimum

$17.30

Median

$28.00

Maximum

Annual Pay

$2,825

Minimum

$21,213

Median

$36,121

Maximum

Compared to: All Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services

Hourly Pay

$14.00

Minimum

$26.88

Median

$46.15

Maximum

Annual Pay

$5,616

Minimum

$44,335

Median

$92,599

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Elementary and secondary school teacher assistants support students, and assist teachers and counsellors with teaching and non-instructional tasks. They assist in areas of personal care, teaching and behaviour management under the supervision of teachers or other child care professionals. They are employed in public and private elementary, secondary and special needs schools and treatment centres.

Job duties

Elementary and secondary school teacher assistants perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Assist students with integration into the classroom and school setting.
  • Help students individually or in small groups with assignments and reinforce learning and retention concepts under the supervision of classroom teacher.
  • Assist students with special needs using techniques such as sign language, braille and remedial programs.
  • Monitor and report student progress to classroom teacher.
  • Assist in the implementation and tracking of behaviour management plans as developed by the teacher and/or program planning team.
  • Accompany and supervise students during activities in school gymnasiums, laboratories, libraries, resource centres and on field trips.
  • Personal care may be required (including lifting, positioning, toileting, feeding).
  • May administer medication and carry out medical procedures under the direction of principals and in accordance with policy.
  • May assist teacher in the operation of projectors, tape recorders and other audio-visual or electronic equipment.
  • May assist in school library or office and perform other duties assigned by school principal.
  • May monitor students during recess, at noon hour or during the day.

Sample job titles

  • child care attendant - elementary school
  • educational program assistant
  • lunchroom supervisor - school
  • program support assistant
  • special needs educational assistant
  • student monitor
  • student support assistant
  • teacher's aide
  • teacher's assistant
  • teacher's helper

Skills

You should enjoy working with children. Good health and physical stamina are needed. You must be patient, imaginative, and resourceful. The ability to work in a team environment is necessary. You must have the ability to demonstrate fair and ethical judgements and maintain confidentiality as the norm. You must model appropriate problem solving and conflict resolution strategies. The ability to communicate ideas in a clear, concise, and pleasant manner is also necessary.

Job requirements

  • Completion of high school is required.
  • Teacher assistants usually require completion of a 10-month college program in teaching assistance, human services, educational assistance or other social science program.
  • Current certification in CPR, First Aid, and non-violent crisis intervention are required.

Other considerations

Mobility to other occupations related to child care and adolescent supportive instruction is possible with experience. Teacher assistants who help students with special needs usually require specialized training and experience.

By the numbers

Quick look

3,510

employed in 2016

43.7%

employed full-time

0.4%

self employed

90.6%
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9.4%
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49.7

median age

Compared to: All Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services

55,420

employed in 2016

79.3%

employed full-time

6.5%

self employed

64.0%
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36%
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43.5

median age

Where will I likely work?

40.8%

Halifax

16.5%

Cape Breton

15.6%

Northern

15.5%

Annapolis Valley

11.6%

Southern

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

Northern

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

99.7%

Educational Services

0.3%

Accommodation and Food Services

What is the age of Employment?

34.6%

45-54

24.1%

35-44

18.9%

55-64

9.6%

15-24

8.8%

25-34

3.9%

65+

Compared to: All Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services

36.6%

35-44

29.3%

45-54

24.4%

55-64

4.9%

25-34

4.9%

65+

Top levels of education

42.7%

College certificate or diploma

$26,132 median annual income
23.5%

High school

$17,353 median annual income
14.9%

Bachelor's degree

$24,249 median annual income
6.4%

Trades certificate

$30,261 median annual income
5.5%

Less than high school

$14,733 median annual income

Compared to: All Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services

29.2%

Bachelor's degree

$43,533 median annual income
21.5%

College certificate or diploma

$28,183 median annual income
17.2%

Master's degree

$35,978 median annual income
14.3%

High school

$25,801 median annual income
4.6%

Doctorate

$60,991 median annual income

Education & training

Adult high school/secondary diploma programs

This program is typically offered at the high school level.

The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning (NSSAL) administers, coordinates, and supports the development and delivery of adult education programs through learning partners in Nova Scotia. Our learning partners include the Nova Scotia Community College, Adult High Schools, Université Sainte-Anne, and community-based learning organizations that offer tuition-free programming across the province. NSSAL offers clear, accessible pathways from adult basic education to a high school credential or GED, empowering Nova Scotians to achieve their learning and employment goals.

Institutions providing this program

Universite Sainte-Anne

Siège Social: 1695, Route 1

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0

(902) 769-2114

Nova Scotia Community College - Adult Learning

PO Box 220

Halifax, NS B3J 2M4

(866) 679-6722

Adult High Schools

Various, NS

Community Learning Organizations

Various, NS

Developmental service worker

This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.

This instructional program class includes any program that prepares individuals to apply practical knowledge and skills to support individuals with a variety of physical, mental or developmental disabilities in a family or community setting. These programs include courses in health care, basic nutrition, pharmacology, nursing, autism, mental health, psychology, sociology, behavioural analysis, communication, intervention, counselling and community services, and developmental services, such as literacy and life skills training.

Institutions providing this program

Maritime Business College - Dartmouth

45 Ochterloney Street, Suite 100

Dartmouth, NS B2Y 2N6

(902) 463-6700

Island Career Academy

721 Alexandra Street

Sydney, NS B1S 2H4

(902) 564-6112

Human services - General

This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.

This instructional program class includes any program that focuses on the general study and provision of human and social services to individuals and communities and prepares individuals to work in public and private human services agencies and organizations. These programs include courses in the social sciences, psychology, principles of social service, human services policy, planning and evaluation, social services law and administration, and applications to particular issues, services, localities, and populations.

Institutions providing this program

Cape Breton University

PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6L2

(888) 959-9995

Nova Scotia Community College - Cumberland Campus

PO Box 550, 1 Main Street

Springhill, NS B0M 1X0

(902) 597-3737

Nova Scotia Community College - Burridge Campus

372 Pleasant Street

Yarmouth, NS B5A 2L2

(902) 742-3501

Nova Scotia Community College - Kingstec Campus

236 Belcher Street

Kentville, NS B4N 0A6

(902) 678-7341

Nova Scotia Community College - Pictou Campus & School of Fisheries

PO Box 820, 39 Acadia Avenue

Stellarton, NS B0K 1S0

(902) 752-2002

Nova Scotia Community College - Strait Area Campus & Nautical Institute

226 Reeves Street

Port Hawkesbury, NS B9A 2A2

(902) 625-2380

Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus

PO Box 1042, 1240 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6J7

(902) 563-2450

Nova Scotia Community College - Truro Campus

36 Arthur Street

Truro, NS B2N 1X5

(902) 893-5385

Nova Scotia Community College - Ivany Campus

80 Mawiomi Place

Dartmouth, NS B2Y 0A5

(902) 491-1100

Teaching assistants/aides - General

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

This instructional program class includes any program that prepares individuals to assist a teacher in regular classroom settings or in providing instruction and supervision to special student populations, such as bilingual/bicultural students, special education students, adult learners, and students learning English. These programs include courses in techniques of general classroom supervision, maintaining order, assisting with lessons and carrying out related assignments.

Institutions providing this program

Universite Sainte-Anne

Siège Social: 1695, Route 1

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0

(902) 769-2114

Teaching assistants/aides - Other

This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.

This instructional program class includes any program not listed above that relates to Teaching Assistants/Aides.

Institutions providing this program

Jane Norman College (Truro)

60 Lorne Street, Suite 1

Truro, NS B2N 3K3

(902) 893-3342

Employment requirements & contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile

Contacts

Nova Scotia Teachers Union
3106 Joseph Howe Drive
Halifax, NS B3L 4L7
Tel: (902) 477-5621
Fax: (902) 477-3517

Additional resources

There are no additional resources for this occupation.

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