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What Is a Kindergarten Teacher Assistant and How to Become One

Kindergarten Teacher Assistant

What Does a Kindergarten Teacher's Assistant Do?

A kindergarten teacher’s assistant provides support to the teacher in a classroom. As a kindergarten assistant teacher, you work with five-year-old and six-year-old students. Your duties depend on the needs and lesson plans of the teacher. You typically help set up the classroom and obtain the necessary materials for the day. Your responsibilities also include cleaning and organizing after classes and maintaining student records. During the school day, you assist with lessons and help the children participate in classroom activities. You monitor behavior and participation and help children who need assistance or have behavioral issues.

How Can I Become a Kindergarten Teacher's Assistant?

The qualifications that you need to become a kindergarten assistant teacher depend on the requirements of the state and the school in which you work. All positions require at least a high school diploma or GED certificate. Applicants also need to undergo a background check before working with children. Most employers prefer assistant teachers with an associate degree in early childhood education, special education, or a related field. Some school districts require that you obtain such a degree to work with kindergarten students. You also need the childcare skills to interact with and manage young children in a classroom setting.