The Career Profile Project
Career Profile Project
Job Title and Job Description
Work as a 1:1 aid for a child with emotional disturbance. In my case, the individual is labeled as Bi-Polar. You go from class to class with the individual, assisting them in day to day functions (ie completing classwork, staying on task, etc.)
What are some related career opportunities and job titles in your company or in your career area?
In NYS you can become a certified Teacher Assistant. It requires 48 college credit hours and the passing of an examination. Anyone, in general, can become a teacher assistant with a GED or High School Diploma.
What new technology will be important?
Continued computer skills, adaptive learning devices
What education or training did you have to prepare for this career?
I am working as a teacher assistant while finishing my education. I began with an internship at an institution for adolescent females who were court placed, then worked there following high school and throughout my undergraduate degree work.
What education or training do you recommend for students today who want to enter this field?
A great understanding of special needs, people and how they function. An Associate‘s Degree in Education, Special Ed, Psychology, or Sociology would provide a great foundation.
When you were in high school, did you know that you would enter this field?
No--I hated school! Now, I am working on a dual masters degree (MSW--Social work and MA in Criminal Justice) I am a great student and ENJOY class!
|Skills Used||Rating (5=Most Important thru|
|Athletic / Physical|
|Bilingual||This would be a very valuable skill, but is not necessary|
|Coordination / Using Hands, Tools, and Equipment|
|Investigative / Fact Finding|
|leadership and Supervising|
|Sales and Negotiation||Negotiation--you are constantly "making deals"|
|Scientific and Experimental|
|Social Service / Helping Skills|
|Teaching / Instructing|
|Understanding Nature, Plants, Animals|
Interview By: Crystal, Teacher Assistant, 7th Grade Student, Suburban School District