Sample teaching assistant job description

At [School X], we take pride in offering students a fulfilling learning experience in a welcoming environment. Our teachers count on teaching assistants to bring their best to the classroom every day. We’re searching for a qualified teaching assistant to join us in delivering the high-quality education we’re known for. The ideal candidate will have experience with student (or child) development, supervision, and education. This person will help prepare lesson plans on a regular basis, ensuring that students’ needs and concerns are met. Strong interpersonal and communication skills and a positive, patient attitude are essential in this role.

Objectives of this role

  • Support teacher in executing lesson plans, and provide individual attention to students during group sessions
  • Cultivate a positive, organized learning atmosphere by maintaining a classroom that is clean, engaging, and developmentally appropriate 
  • Adhere to school rules and standards, ensuring that all activities, services, and programs are sensitive to, and respectful of, cultural and ethnic diversity
  • Supervise the safety of students in and out of the classroom, following guidelines and implementing school standards under the direction of teacher


  • Assist teacher in organizing the learning environment, preparing materials, maintaining resources, and grading tests and homework
  • Verify and track student attendance, observe student performance, contribute to progress reports, and maintain records as required
  • Lead small-group instruction and discussion, and provide support to students who have difficulty with communication, interaction, cognition, and learning, as well as other behavioral, emotional, and developmental issues
  • Perform clerical duties such as typing, filing, setting up equipment, and photocopying
  • Participate in meetings and events, and use communication channels effectively to support the education team

Required skills and qualifications

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Proven success in working with students
  • Highly effective verbal, written, and visual communication skills
  • Understanding of basic principles of child development
  • Ability to interact comfortably with children, parents, guardians, and staff
  • Ability to be flexible and adjust to changes in a dynamic environment

Preferred skills and qualifications

  • Associate’s degree (or equivalent) in child development or related field
  • Experience in developing lesson plans
  • Experience with special-needs students