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Elementary and secondary school teacher assistants

OaSIS code 43100.00

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.


Also known as

  • Educational assistant
  • Educational resources assistant
  • Homework assistant
  • Remedial education aide
  • Special education assistant

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

  • 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.

Additional information

  • Mobility to other occupations related to child care and adolescent supportive instruction is possible with experience.

Similar occupations classified elsewhere


  • Post-secondary teaching and research assistants (41201)
  • Elementary school and kindergarten teachers (41221)
  • Early childhood educators and assistants (42202)
  • Instructors of persons with disabilities (42203)
  • Student monitors, crossing guards and related occupations (45100)

NOC hierarchy breakdown

NOC version

NOC 2021 Version 1.0

Broad occupational category

4 – Occupations in education, law and social, community and government services


3 – Occupations usually require a college diploma or apprenticeship training of less than two years; or more than six months of on-the-job training

Major group

43 – Assisting occupations in education and in legal and public protection

Sub-major group

431 – Assisting occupations in education

Minor group

4310 – Assisting occupations in education

Unit group

43100 – Elementary and secondary school teacher assistants

Occupational profile

43100.00 – Elementary and secondary school teacher assistants

Work characteristics

Work characteristics gathers the various components describing the work environment of each occupation, such as employers, work activities, and the work context. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of complexity (for Work Activities) or other measurement dimensions (for Work Context), and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Work Activities

Proficiency or complexity level
Assisting and Caring for Others
4 - High Level
Coaching and Developing Others
3 - Moderate Level
Communicating with Coworkers
3 - Moderate Level
Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
3 - Moderate Level
Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
3 - Moderate Level

Work Context

Structural Job Characteristics

Structured versus Unstructured Work
Degree of freedom to determine tasks and priorities
2 - Low amount of freedom
Work Week Duration
Worked hours in a typical week
2 - Between 35 to 40 hours

Physical Work Environment

Physical Proximity
Physical distance from others
4 - Close (at arm’s length)

Physical Demands

3 - About half the time
4 - More than half the time
Bending or Twisting the Body
1 - Very little time

Interpersonal Relations

Contact with Others
5 - Every day, almost continuously
5 - All the time, or almost all the time
Work with Work Group or Team
3 - Important
4 - Every day, a few times per day


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

Skills and abilities

This section displays the various competencies required for an occupation. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of proficiency (for Skills and Abilities) or importance (for Personal Attributes) and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.


Proficiency or complexity level
Auditory Attention
3 - Moderate Level
Far Vision
3 - Moderate Level
Fluency of Ideas
3 - Moderate Level
Near Vision
3 - Moderate Level
Selective Attention
3 - Moderate Level


Proficiency or complexity level
Learning and Teaching Strategies
4 - High Level
Social Perceptiveness
4 - High Level
3 - Moderate Level
Oral Communication: Oral Expression
3 - Moderate Level
3 - Moderate Level

Personal Attributes

Concern for Others
5 - Extremely important
4 - Highly important
4 - Highly important
Social Orientation
4 - Highly important
Active Learning
3 - Important