The educational qualifications necessary to become a teacher's assistant vary from one district to another. Basically, all teacher's assistants must be able to work with children; should possess good communication skills; and should exercise patience when dealing with students who need individual attention in order to understand classroom content.
While a high school degree may qualify an individual to be a teacher's assistant in one district, some districts require their teacher's assistants to hold an Associate degree, pass an assessment or complete two years of college as a prerequisite for employment. Typically, the latter requirements apply to districts located in low-income areas and which receive financial aid from the government. Teacher's assistants who aspire to work in special education should pass a test to prove that they possess the essential skills needed to work with special-needs students.
A teacher's assistant helps a teacher in classroom duties such as tutoring students who miss lessons, conducting group discussions and helping a particular group of students to grasp the classroom content. Teacher's assistants do not hold certification as teachers, and their work is supervised by teachers. They enjoy flexibility in their job because their services are only needed during the academic year. They also acquire most their training on the job.