What does a Educational Assistant (620E) do?

Under the direction of the teacher, Educational Assistants support students’ educational goals and work as a member of a multi-disciplinary team to support teacher/team developed goals, instructions, and activities in a school setting.

Job Related Skills, Interests and Values

  • Working and communicating in a professional and ethical manner with team members/families in a school setting and at meetings
  • Knowledgably discussing individual education planning and reviewing processes to support development of realistic and achievable goals for students
  • Identifying learning styles, learning about/applying behaviour/crisis management techniques, reporting observations, and maintaining flow of information among team
  • Gaining thorough knowledge of relevant acts and codes, including Education Act, Child and Family Services Act, Young Offenders Act, Ontario Human Rights Code, and Freedom of Information/Protection of Privacy Act
  • Observing and monitoring student performance by gathering data and sharing observations with team to help identify/address student strengths/needs
  • Assisting with development of life skills, monitoring administration of medication, and facilitating personal care
  • Conducting routine inspections of physical settings to ensure student/staff safety
  • Accessing instructional resources and leveraging professional network within the school, board, and community
  • Supporting development and maintenance of support and instructional materials to facilitate student learning and educational plans

What Preparation and Training Do You Need?

  • Secondary school diploma with English credits; social services or child/youth co-op an asset
  • Completion of 2,730-hour apprenticeship, including on-the-job and in-school training

What's Your Future as a Educational Assistant (620E)?

  • Full-time employment, sometimes unionized and often for a 10-month (school year) period; indoors in classroom setting; may use computers and other office equipment
  • May become a teacher with additional education
  • Employers include school boards, private schools, and centres for children

Wage Rate

Apprentice wage increases with skill and experience. Fully qualified assistants earn an average of $20.00 per hour, depending on employer and whether environment is unionized.

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