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What Are the Duties of Instructional Assistants?

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An instructional aide, also known as an instructional assistant, is responsible for assisting a teacher with clerical and administrative duties, as well as helping to teach students. Most aide jobs require a high school degree and on-the-job training, though a college degree and coursework in child development can improve job opportunities. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of 2008, instructional aides earn an average annual salary of $22,200.

Classroom Instruction

Instructional aides assist with instruction by following the teacher’s lesson plans and guidelines. An aide co-teaches students in small groups, one-on-one sessions or by educational development levels. An aide also reintroduces and reinforces material or skills the teacher has previously taught.

Classroom Management

One of the main duties of an aide is to help reduce disruptive behavior in the classroom. He is responsible for managing the class in the teacher’s absence. The aide also keeps close watch over students when they make transitions from the classroom to restroom breaks, elective activities or other classes.


Clerical duties for an instructional aide include grading and recording information. She may also take and record attendance for the teacher, as well as file and send paperwork home for parents to sign and return. She may be asked to prepare book lists for the classroom and instructional materials, and create daily schedules based on the teacher's directions.

2016 Salary Information for Teacher Assistants

Teacher assistants earned a median annual salary of $25,410 in 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. On the low end, teacher assistants earned a 25th percentile salary of $20,520, meaning 75 percent earned more than this amount. The 75th percentile salary is $31,990, meaning 25 percent earn more. In 2016, 1,308,100 people were employed in the U.S. as teacher assistants.