Elementary and secondary school teacher assistants (NOC 4413)

About this job

Elementary and secondary school teacher assistants:

  • assist in areas of personal care, teaching and behaviour management under the supervision of teachers or other child care professionals
  • assist teachers and counsellors with teaching and non-instructional tasks
  • support students
  • work in public and private elementary and secondary schools
  • also work in special schools and treatment centres

Watch the video below to see what a day in the life of a teacher's assistant is like.

Common job titles
  • assistant, education (EA)
  • assistant, student support
  • assistant, teaching
  • assistant, teaching - special education
  • paraeducator / paraprofessional educator
  • program assistant - education


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.

Work environment

Key aspects of the work in this occupation:

  • Work takes place indoors in a school setting, but may include some time outdoors.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

Movement to other occupations related to child and adolescent care is possible with experience.

Additional resources