Job description Educational Assistant in Canada

Find out what work is like for an educational assistant in Canada. This work description is applicable to all Elementary and secondary school teacher assistants (NOC 43100).

Elementary and secondary school teacher assistants


Elementary and secondary school teacher assistants support students, and assist teachers and counsellors with teaching and non-instructional tasks. They assist in areas of personal care, teaching and behaviour management under the supervision of teachers or other child care professionals. They are employed in public and private elementary, secondary and special needs schools and treatment centres.

Work week duration

Elementary and secondary school teacher assistants usually work between 35 to 40 hours per week.
Between 35 to 40 hours

Job duties

Here are some of the main activities and tasks that Elementary and secondary school teacher assistants have to perform, and some of the physical demands they involve:

  • 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 the 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 the school principal
  • May monitor students during recess, at noon hour or during the day.

Physical demands Help - Physical Demands

  • Standing
  • Sitting

Workplaces and employers

Here are the typical workplaces where Elementary and secondary school teacher assistants are employed and some of their main characteristics:

  • Private and public elementary schools
  • Special schools
  • Treatment centres
  • Private and public secondary schools

Work environment Help - Physical Work Environment

  • Indoors, environmentally controlled

Physical proximity from others Help - Physical proximity from others

  • Close (at arm’s length)

Related job titles

Here are some other related job titles that are found in the same occupational category (NOC 43100), and a list of similar occupations:

  • educational assistant
  • educational resources assistant
  • homework assistant
  • remedial education aide
  • special education assistant

Similar occupations Help - Similar occupations

Sources Occupational and Skills Information System & National Occupational Classification

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