To work as a teacher aide, you typically need to:
- have a high school diploma or equivalent; and
- complete at least two years of college courses or have an associate degree.
Education after high school
Education requirements for teacher aides vary widely. Teacher aides who mainly do clerical work need only a high school diploma or equivalent. If you want to work with children, most schools require you to complete at least two years of college courses or have an associate degree.
Helpful college courses include counseling, early childhood education, and special education. Teacher aides who speak a second language, such as Spanish, are in great demand.
Experience working with children as a summer camp counselor or a babysitter may help you get a job as a teacher aide.
Teacher aides who do clerical work usually receive training on the job from an experienced worker. Training covers computer and other equipment use and orientation to school policies. This type of training may last up to a month.