Non-instructional teacher assistants, also known as teacher aides, assist teachers in nonteaching duties, such as managing records, materials and equipment; attending to the physical needs of children; and supervising students and performing such other services as support teaching duties when such services are determined and supervised by a teacher. They serve in a position for which a teacher or another professional has ultimate responsibility for the services.1 This report looks at requirements for teacher assistants working at non-Title I-funded schools only.
Five states license non-instructional teacher assistants who work in non-Title I-funded schools.2 All states require high school graduation. Rhode Island is the only state that requires any education or experience (30 hours, or about 7 days), Louisiana is the only state that requires an exam and New Mexico is the only state that charges a fee ($79). Two states have an age requirement: 20 years in Louisiana and 18 years in New Mexico. The average requirements for this occupation are the 75th most burdensome of the 102 occupations studied here. However, because only five states license the occupation, it ranks as the 90th most widely and onerously licensed.