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Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Assistants

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NOC:4413
Occupation:Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Assistants
Category:Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services

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.
  • Accompany and supervise students during activities in school gymnasiums, laboratories, libraries, resource centres and on field trips.
  • 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 assistant
  • lunchroom supervisor - school
  • special needs educational assistant
  • student monitor
  • student support assistant
  • teacher's aide
  • teacher's assistant
  • teacher's helper
  • teaching staff assistant, primary and secondary school
Skills:

You should enjoy working with children. Good health and physical stamina are needed. You must be patient, imaginative, and resourceful. The ability to communicate ideas in a clear, concise, and pleasant manner is also necessary.

Job requirements:
  • Completion of secondary school is required.
  • Teacher assistants usually require completion of a 10-month college program in teaching assistance, educational assistance or other social science program.
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.

Labour Market Information

Work Prospects:Fair

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. Also, a large percentage of the workforce is self-employed which should be an important consideration for those thinking about employment in the occupation.

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)

OccupationEstimated employment in 2018Estimated change in employment between 2017 and 2019Estimated openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019Estimated rate of unemployment in 2018 Estimated hourly earnings in 2015 (learn more)Estimated annual earnings in 2015
Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Assistants3,510Weak growth255Low
Minimum: $12.37
Median: $17.30
Maximum: $28.00
Minimum: $2,825
Median: $21,213
Maximum: $36,121
Occupations in Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services55,420Moderate growth4,880Low
Minimum: $14.00
Median: $26.88
Maximum: $46.15
Minimum: $5,616
Median: $44,335
Maximum: $92,599
Elementary and Secondary School Teacher AssistantsCompared to: Occupations in Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services
Percent employed full-time44%79%
Percent self-employed61%6%
Where will I likely work?
Area of EmploymentElementary and Secondary School Teacher AssistantsCompared to: All NS Occupations
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Southern12%$16,38912%$30,581
Northern16%$17,76516%$33,660
Cape Breton16%$19,31113%$32,974
Halifax41%$15,82747%$41,209
Annapolis Valley15%$18,83813%$32,958
What are the workers like?
AgeElementary and Secondary School Teacher AssistantsCompared to: All Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services
% Employed% Employed
15-2410%N/A
25-349%5%
35-4424%37%
45-5435%29%
55-6419%24%
65+4%5%
Median Age5044
GenderElementary and Secondary School Teacher AssistantsCompared to: Occupations in Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services
% Employed% Employed
Female91%64%
Male9%36%
EducationElementary and Secondary School Teacher AssistantsCompared to: All Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Less than high school5.5%$14,7332.8%$11,346
High school23.5%$17,35314.3%$25,801
Trades certificate6.4%$30,2614.2%$35,678
College certificate or diploma42.7%$26,13221.5%$28,183
University certificate or diploma3.5%$22,1612.6%$35,967
Bachelor's degree14.9%$24,24929.2%$43,533
University advanced certificate or diploma0.4%x3.4%$47,801
Master's degree0.3%x17.2%$35,978
Doctorate3.0%x4.6%$60,991
Medicine, dentistry, veterinary, optometryN/Ax0.2%$83,456
Total100%100%
Wage Disclaimer

Hourly earnings data are from the Labour Force Survey by Statistics Canada. Data are not available for all occupations. Hourly earnings are calculated based on usual hours worked per week. This is how an annual salary, for instance, gets converted to an hourly rate. The data include full and part-time workers along with new and experienced workers. Self-employed workers are excluded.

Annual employment income data reported in the Work Prospects section, are from the 2011 National Household Survey by Statistics Canada. Much of the data (around 70%) came directly from tax records. The data relates to the year 2010 and includes total wages and salaries and net income from self-employment.

Sources

Employment Requirements & Contacts

Regulations:
No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile
Useful contacts:
Nova Scotia Teachers Union
3106 Joseph Howe Drive
Halifax, NS B3L 4L7
Tel: (902) 477-5621
Fax: (902) 477-3517
centraloffice@nstu.ca

Training Paths & Education

Program Name:Adult high school/secondary diploma programs
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the high school level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that defines the prescribed requirements, specified by the appropriate jurisdiction, for the completion of and graduation from a secondary school program of academic subject matter offered for adult learners outside of the regular secondary school program. This does not include adult compensatory education programs resulting in completion of a high school equivalency certificate or diploma.
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Universite Sainte-Anne
Siège Social: 1695, Route 1
Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0
(902) 769-2114
Blanche.Theriault@usainteanne.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Annapolis Valley Campus
50 Elliott Road
Lawrencetown, NS B0S 1M0
(902) 825-3491
avc.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Cumberland Campus
PO Box 550, 1 Main Street
Springhill, NS B0M 1X0
(902) 597-3737
cumberland.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Akerley Campus
21 Woodlawn Road
Dartmouth, NS B2W 2R7
(902) 491-4900
akerley.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Burridge Campus
372 Pleasant Street
Yarmouth, NS B5A 2L2
(902) 742-3501
burridge.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Kingstec Campus
236 Belcher Street
Kentville, NS B4N 0A6
(902) 678-7341
kingstec.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Lunenburg Campus
75 High Street
Bridgewater, NS B4V 1V8
(902) 543-4608
lunenburg.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Institute of Technology Campus
5685 Leeds Street
Halifax, NS B3K 2T3
(902) 491-6722
it.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Pictou Campus & School of Fisheries
PO Box 820, 39 Acadia Avenue
Stellarton, NS B0K 1S0
(902) 752-2002
pictou.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Shelburne Campus
PO Box 760, 1575 Lake Road
Shelburne, NS B0T 1W0
(902) 875-8640
shelburne.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Strait Area Campus & Nautical Institute
226 Reeves Street
Port Hawkesbury, NS B9A 2A2
(902) 625-2380
strait.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus
PO Box 1042, 1240 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6J7
(902) 563-2450
marconi.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Truro Campus
36 Arthur Street
Truro, NS B2N 1X5
(902) 893-5385
truro.info@nscc.ca
Program Name:Teaching assistants/aides - General
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the college or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises 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.
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Universite Sainte-Anne
Siège Social: 1695, Route 1
Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0
(902) 769-2114
Blanche.Theriault@usainteanne.ca
Program Name:Teaching assistants/aides - Other
Education Level:This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program not listed above that relates to Teaching Assistants/Aides.
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Jane Norman College (Truro)
60 Lorne Street, Suite 1
Truro, NS B2N 3K3
(902) 893-3342
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